Professional Sports

Galaxy defeats Dynamo, 1-0

CARSON — The L.A. Galaxy entered its May 22 matchup desperately seeking three points after having lost five games  in a row.

Enter Robbie Keane.

Keane made his first appearance in the lineup in the second half after missing seven games while dealing with a groin injury.

Keane assisted on the lone goal of the match in the 92nd minute during stoppage time, which resulted in a header by Alan Gordon that went over the extended arm of Houston Dynamo goalkeeper, Tyler Deric, toward the far post for a 1-0 victory.

For Gordon it was just another day at the office. He has been a spark off the bench for the Galaxy all season, scoring four goals as a substitute.

“He’s done real well,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said of Gordon. “He understands how to play the game. Give him a lot of credit.”

The Galaxy played a more relaxed brand of soccer in front of 20,195 at the StubHub Center in Carson.

Despite controlling ball possession for the majority of the game, the Galaxy often struggled to capitalize on opportunities in Houston’s box and failed to close out.

The Galaxy has been riddled with injuries all season long and are hoping that the victory is a sign of changes in the right direction.

“At the end of the year this league from top to bottom is going to be really close,” Arena said. “At the end of these games we have to close it out in a better fashion.”

The Galaxy escaped a potential game-tying free kick just minutes after their goal when defenseman Oscar Sorto was red-carded over a foul on Dynamo forward, David Horst, inches from the penally box.

The victory allowed the Galaxy (4-4-5) to leap over the Dynamo (4-5-4) in the Western

Conference standings.