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    Donovan sparks Galaxy to 3-1 victory over Chivas.

    CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, April 28, 2007) -- Striker Landon Donovan ignited an early offensive explosion that staked the Los Angeles Galaxy to a lead it never relinquished in a 3-1 triumph over Chivas USA before a capacity 27,000 in a battle of tenants of The Home Depot Center tonight.

    With a goal and two assists, Donovan, in his seventh season, brought his totals to 57 goals and 50 assists to become the 11th Major League Soccer player to reach 50 in both categories.

    In the eighth minute, Los Angeles midfielder Kyle Martino was the recipient of the ninth pass of a sequence and he lofted a ball into the center of the Chivas penalty area from the left side. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan came eight yards off his goal-line and collided with retreating defender Claudio Suárez, leaving the ball sitting four yards out. Donovan was first to the loose ball and blasted it four yards into the left side of the net for a 1-0 advantage.

    "That was huge. . . to get a break like that," Donovan said. "It was a great ball by Martino, but (Guzan and Suárez) collided and it just squirted free and my eyes just lit up. I knew that if we could just get one, good things would come and that's what happened."

    The Galaxy (1-1-1) needed nine minutes to expand its lead. Midfielder Kevin Harmse sent a ball to Donovan at the top of the box, then took a quick return touch. From two yards above the box, Harmes weaved through two defenders an triggered a rolling seven-yard right-footer just inside the left post to make it 2-0.

    Prior to the tally, Galaxy goalkeeper Joe Cannon dove to his left to deflect midfielder Amado Guevara's 23-yard attempt in the 11th minute and elevated to redirect defender Alex Zotinca's point-blank header over the crossbar in the 12th.

    "It was an important game for so many reasons," Cannon said. "One, we needed that first win and, number two, for the fans. This is such a huge rivalry. I'm happy that we could give our fans a win over them and give the lads some points and us some momentum."

    Chivas (2-2) narrowed its deficit in the 63rd minute when Martino's right-side corner kick deflected off a crowd and went to reserve defender Laurent Merlin at the far post. Merlin headed it back to the right post where striker Ante Razov drilled a point-blank header off the near post. midfielder Francisco Mendoza settled the rebound and touched it left to midfielder Jesse Marsch whose shot was redirected into the right side of the net by Suárez for a 2-1 score.

    L.A. restored its two-goal margin 15 minutes later when Donovan broke free for a 60-yard rundown the right flank before perfectly leading reserve striker Cobi Jones with a cross the 12-year veteran knocked past Guzan into the right side of the net to make it 3-1.

    "Landon did a great job to slide the ball across the face and Cobi's just Cobi," Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said. "He made a great run to finish it off and that put the nail in the coffin."

    Chivas midfielder Amado Guevara, who was replaced John Cunliffe in the 56th minute, was ejected in the 78th for comments from the bench.

    "It was a tough loss," Chivas coach Preki said. "We made big mistakes on the first two goals and it's always difficult to come back from a 2-0 deficit. But after that, we pushed hard, especially in the second half. I believe we dominated, but Joe Cannon came up big again for them.

    "I think both Brad Guzan and Claudio Suárez have to take the responsibility for the lack of communication (on the first goal)."

    Note: Chivas midfielder Sacha Kljestan served the first half of a two-game suspension for a violent tackle against Real Salt Lake's Andy Williams on April 21.


    Los Angeles 3, Chivas 1

    Lineups: Los Angeles - Joe Cannon, Chris Albright, Ty Harden, Tyrone Marshall, Ante Jazic, Landon Donovan, Kevin Harmse (Quavas Kirk 75), Nathan Sturgis, Nate Jaqua, Robbie Findley (Peter Vagenas 61), Kyle Martino (Cobi Jones 66). Chivas - Brad Guzan, Alex Zotinca, Jason Hernandez (Laurent Merlin 46), Claudio Suárez, Lawson Vaughn, Jonathan Bornstein, Amado Guevara (John Cunliffe 56), Jesse Marsch, Francisco Mendoza, Maykel Galindo (Matt Taylor 64), Ante Razov.

    Scoring:
    Los Angeles - Donovan 1 (unassisted) 8.
    Los Angeles - Harmse 1 (Donovan 2) 17.
    Chivas - Suárez 1 (Marsch 1, Mendoza 2) 63.
    Los Angeles - Jones 1 (Landon Donovan 3) 78.

    Total shots: Los Angeles 11 (five tied with 2), Chivas 16 (three tied with 3). Shots on goal: Los Angeles 7 (Donovan 2, Jones 2), Chivas 6 )Zotinca 2, Merlin 2. Saves: Los Angeles - Cannon 5; Chivas - Guzan 4. Fouls: Los Angeles 15 (Donovan 3, Martino 3), Chivas 13 (five tied with 3). Offside: Los Angeles 3 (Findley 2), Chivas 2 (Razov, Merlin). Corner kicks: Los Angeles 7 (Martino 5), Chivas 9 (Guevara 3, Cunliffe 3). Yellow card cautions: Los Angeles - Martino 55, Harmse 58; Chivas - Zotinca 13, Marsch 41, Mendoza 78.

    Referee: Jair Marrufo. Referee's assistants: George Gansner, Craig Lowry. Fourth official: Baldomero Toledo. Time of game: 1:52. Attendance: 27,000 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Weather: Clear, 71 degrees.


    Columbus 1, D.C. United 0

    COLUMBUS (Saturday, April 28, 2007) -- Defender Ezra Hendrickson converted a rebound midway through the first half, a goal that proved to be enough for the Columbus Crew to down D.C. United 1-0 in a meeting of Major League Soccer Eastern Conference rivals before 13,572 at Crew Stadium tonight.

    It was the third shutout of the season for Columbus' second-year goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, but the first time the Crew won one of those games. Undefeated at 1-0-3, Columbus kept United winless at 0-3. United won the 2006 Supporters Shield for having the best regular-season record, but again was undone by a defensive lapse.

    Hendrickson started the sequence on his decisive tally with an interception in the center circle and quickly moved the ball to the left. Two passes later, midfielder Joseph Ngwenya, having run unattended down a vacated left flank, collected a ball in full stride in the top left of the penalty area.

    Ngwenya used the outside of his right foot to center to Hendrickson, whose shot from 11 yards out beat goalkeeper Troy Perkins, but was stopped by sliding defender Devon McTavish, making his first career start in place of benched Facundo Erpen. The clearance went off the head of United midfielder Josh Gros and directly back to Hendrickson, whose low blast went past Perkins and retreating midfielder Fred into the left corner of the net to make the score 1-0 in the 28th minute.

    "It was instinct," Hendrickson said. "The first time I didn't hit it too well and luckily it came back to me, so I knew the second time I had to put it away. Hopefully today we have gotten some momentum going into the rest of the season and we can keep picking up maximum points at home."

    Hendrickson has played for six teams in his 10-year career, including United in 2004. His first goal of 2007 was the 23rd for him in 233 MLS regular-season outings, 200 starts.

    "He is just a tremendous competitor," Columbus coach Sigi Schmid said of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national. "There is nobody who is more intense than Ezra and nobody wants to win a game more than he does. To see a guy like him score a goal and give us our first win, it makes me happy because there is nobody that wants to give more for the team than he does."

    Gruenebaum, now a veteran of seven MLS matches, was called on for five saves. The best came in the 68th minute when he dove to his left to bunch away a free kick midfielder Christian Gomez had curled toward the corner of the net from 23 yards out.

    "Obviously I think we made some good decisions in the back," Schmid said. "I thought Ezra and Marcos (Gonzalez) were solid tonight and did a great job. We knew they were going to come more centrally than on the flanks, so we wanted to make sure that we bottled up the middle.

    "Andy made some good saves and a couple of good decisions coming out of the box."

    Columbus had a pair of chances to extend its lead late in the proceedings, but reserve forwards Stefani Miglioranzi and Jason Garey both missed the target after getting good looks at net.

    The match was suspended for nearly a half hour in the 84th minute after a thunderstorm brought lightning.


    Columbus 1, D.C. United 0

    Lineups: Columbus - Andy Gruenebaum, Frankie Hejduk, Marcos Gonzalez, Ezra Hendrickson, Rusty Pierce, Joseph Ngwenya, Ned Grabavoy, Danny O'Rourke, Eddie Gaven, Ricardo Virtuoso (Stefani Miglioranzi 61), Kei Kamara (Jason Garey 69). D.C. United - Troy Perkins, Bryan Namoff, Bobby Boswell, Devon McTavish (Kasali Yinka Casal 74), Fred, Brian Carroll (Justin Moose 46), Christian Gomez (Nicholas Addlery 68), Ben Olsen, Joshua Gros, Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno.

    Scoring:
    Columbus - Hendrickson 1 (unassisted) 28.

    Total shots: Columbus 16 (Gaven 6), D.C. United 12 (Emilio 3, Gomez 3). Shots on goal: Columbus 3 (three tied with 1), D.C. United 5 (Emilio 2). Saves: Columbus - Gruenebaum 5; D.C. United - Perkins 2 Fouls: Columbus 17 (Kendrickson 3, O'Rourke 3), D.C. United 17 (Fred 3). Offside: Columbus (four tied with 1), D.C. United 0. Corner kicks: Columbus 2 (Gaven, Virtuoso), D.C. United 2 (Olsen 2). Yellow card cautions: Columbus - Hendrickson 52, Garey 89; D.C. United - Carroll 24, Emilio 38, Fred 56, Gomez 58.

    Referee: Jorge Gonzalez. Referee's assistants: Greg Barkey, Anthony Vasoli. Fourth official: Hilario Grajeda. Time of game: 2:16. Attendance: 13,572 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Weather: Sunny, 68 degrees.

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