LA Galaxy
Tim Cahill #17 of New York Red Bulls heads the ball while defended by Juninho #19 of Los Angeles Galaxy in the first half at StubHub Center on September 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

CARSON – Robbie Keane had a brace and Landon Donovan tied Steve Ralston’s MLS assists record with three assists and a goal of his own in the second half and the LA Galaxy routed their east coast rivals the New York Red Bulls, 4-0 on Sunday evening.

“Rarely do you see a player with the combination of being able to score goals and create goals,” said Galaxy coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “He used to be a pure goal scorer, he’s a much better creator now.”

The Galaxy (16-5-9) recaptured first place in the Western Conference and still lead the Seattle Sounders who defeated Chivas USA on Saturday night 4-2, by percentage points for the coveted Supporters’ Shield for best regular season record.

In what may go down as the goal of the year for the LA Galaxy, Robbie Keane scored in the 9th minute off of an impressive series. Donovan stole the ball at the midfield line and streaked down the left hand side of the pitch towards the net. He seemed to be thwarted by two Red Bulls defenders, but managed to split the two and continue on towards the goal. After being stopped right at the box, he sent a cross-pitch pass to Keane who had a world-class finish has he sent a chip shot into the top left corner of the net.

“That was a classic Keane goal, a spectacular goal,” said Arena.

“If you ask the players, I’m always doing that in training, whether it comes off or not, I’m always trying to do it, tonight it came off,” said Keane when asked if that was his best goal ever scored.

Donovan scored his 10th goal of the season to increase his all-time MLS mark in the 51st minute. It seemed clear that the Red Bulls did not come out in the second half as they did in the first as they lacked energy and productivity on both ends of the pitch for the final 40 minutes.

It was a rough day for the Red Bulls who arguably have one of the most talented fronts in the entire league. Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and Bradley Wright-Phillips are one of the best goal scoring trios in the league and were denied throughout the evening by Galaxy keeper, Jamie Penedo who had six saves, three of them of the outstanding variety.

“He’s improved. I think over the last six weeks, he’s played very well. He made key saves to prevent the Red Bulls from getting back in the game,” remarked Arena.

“He came back from the National team with a lot of confidence and I love seeing my keeper like that,” added defensive teammate, Omar Gonzalez

Galaxy star striker, Gyasi Zardes got into the action with a nifty move inside the box. After faking to his left and right, he found the lower left corner of the net to put the Galaxy in front 3-0.

“Just to put the ball in the back of the net this game was wonderful,” said Zardes after the match. Zardes had multiple opportunities to score against FC Dallas last weekend, but was unable to find the back of the net.

Robbie Keane notched a brace in the 82nd minute with a brilliant goal inside the box. Keane maneuvered through defenders and over, Red Bulls goalkeeper, Luis Robles, for the tap in goal.

“In football the most important thing is consistency. If you’re consistent every year, if you continue and strive to do better every year than the year before, than that’s the most important thing, and every year I’ve done that,” said Keane.

At first, scoring officials called the goal unassisted, but after further review, Donovan was awarded the assist and is now tied atop of the MLS all-time leading assist record with Steve Ralston at 135 assists.

“Steve is one of the most underrated players in this league and I’ve always been a big fan of his,” said Donovan of Ralston after the game.

Omar Gonzalez had an opportunity to put Donovan atop the all-time assists record when Donovan sent him a great pass in front of the box during the final minutes of the game. Gonzalez was given a great pass by Landon in front of the box, but was unable to deliver as Roy Miller of the Red Bulls blocked his shot.

“I wish I had scored that last goal, so I could have given Landon the assist record,”said Gonzalez.

The 25,102 fans in attendance gave a rousing ovation before the game to New York captain Thierry Henry, who may retire after the season.

“Henry was my favorite player growing up, I used to watch him play for Arsenal on the TV with my Dad. Just to play on the same field as him is an incredible feeling and to score a goal on the same field as him is a landmark in my career,” said Zardes about his idol.

The Galaxy will face Toronto next week as Landon Donovan looks to stand alone as the MLS all time leader in goals and assists.

“Yeah, I want to get it. But I’m not going to pass up an easy shot to get it. If it’s in the right circumstance and I see the right pass, I’m going to make it,” said Donovan when asked if he wants to break the record against Toronto next Saturday.

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