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Quick start propels Galaxy past Whitecaps

Carson, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - First-half goals from Landon Donovan and Marcelo Sarvas propelled the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC at the StubHub Center on Saturday.

The Whitecaps brought with them a six-match unbeaten streak, but the visitors fell behind to a goal from Donovan after just four minutes while Sarvas added the second in the 32nd minute, with Robbie Keane assisting on both goals.

Los Angeles has taken seven points from its last four games and remains in the top four in the Western Conference, just two points from the summit.

The Galaxy got off the mark inside of four minutes when Keane picked up a loose ball and drove it to the back post, where Donovan redirected it home at full stretch from close range.

Keane was extremely fortunate in the 32nd minute when he whiffed on a shot inside the box but still managed to push the ball into the path of Sarvas, who rolled his shot inside the far post.

The Irishman was in a giving mood on Saturday and he teed up Baggio Husidic a few minutes later for a shot that sailed just over the crossbar.

Husidic went close again midway through the second half with a header that was cleared off the goal line, but Vancouver offered little going forward and the visitors ended the game with 10 men as Johnny Leveron was sent off in stoppage time for kicking the Galaxy's Alan Gordon.

Keane then almost found the net himself in the closing moments but was denied by the crossbar.

08/24 00:40:00 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
WIN 3
CAR 1
9th
KAN 1
SFG 7
 
Final
MIA 90
HOU 85
Final
MIN 107
IND 89
Final
OKC 91
UTA 105
Final
DEN 75
POR 93
 
Half
LAL 47
PHO 50
 
2nd
GSW 27
LAC 35
 
4th
LALAF 41
ARKST 23
 
Final
NJD 3
NYR 4
Final
BOS 5
SJS 3
Final
NYI 2
TOR 5
Final
MON 2
DET 1
Final
NAS 4
ARI 3
Final
WIN 3
CAR 1
Final
CHI 4
PHI 0
Final
DAL 6
VAN 3
3rd
COL 3
FLA 3
 
3rd
CAL 1
TAM 0