August 2011: Galaxy rolls over woeful Whitecaps

On Saturday night, Vancouver fans at Empire Field saw the best and the worst that Major League Soccer can offer. On one side of the field were the Los Angeles Galaxy and Landon Donovan, the Western Conference leaders who could do very little wrong. At the other end were the Vancouver Whitecaps, the conference cellar dwellers who could do little right.

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Sean Franklin #5 of the Los Angeles Galaxy is congratulated by teammates Landon Donovan #10, Juninho #19 and Adam Cristman #17. L.A. won 4-0 in Vancouver. (Photo: Getty Images)


Given those facts, the outcome should not have been surprising at all - a 4-0 rout by the Galaxy - without English international David Beckham, who remained in Los Angeles with a one game suspension after accruing eight yellow cards this season.

It did not matter.

Donovan, who sat out the MLS all-star game with a calf injury, was at top form, scoring twice and setting up another goal during a 19-minute span in the second half.

“I thought Landon was quiet in the first half; in the second half I thought he was real loud,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “His first was goal terrific; good ball by Franklin.”

Donovan broke a scoreless draw in the 61st minute and doubled the lead by converting a penalty kick in the 75th minute. Sean Franklin, who set up the first goal, made it 3-0 off a Donovan assist in the 80th minute before Adam Cristman scored in the 90th minute.

The Galaxy has the best record in MLS with 12 wins, nine draws and two losses for 45 points, while the Whitecaps have the worst with two victories, nine ties and 11 defeats for 15 points.

"We are obviously disappointed and today shows what a good team is all about," Whitecaps coach Tom Soehn said. "When LA gets chances, they punish you. We came out with the idea of wanting to create a lot and get one in, so that way we could open the Galaxy up. Yet, when you don’t put away chances against a good team, they are going to come back and haunt you, especially guys like Landon Donovan."

United and Houston win off outstanding individual performances

Donovan led a weekend of braces as two other players scored two goals in a match.

Canadian midfielder Dwayne De Rosario scored twice for D.C. United, which won at the San Jose Earthquakes for the first time in 13 years, or since current coach Ben Olsen was a player with the club. De Rosario struck in the 57th and 67th minutes for D.C., which was forced to play the final 20 minutes a man down after Honduran midfielder Andy Najar was red-carded. San Jose's winless streak reached nine games, the longest since it rejoined MLS as an expansion team in 2008.

Former U.S. international Brian Ching struck twice as the Houston Dynamo snapped the Seattle Sounders FC's nine-game unbeaten streak behind a 3-1 home win. Ching scored in the 23rd and 70th minutes. Colin Clark also netted a goal. Alvaro Fernandez converted Seattle's lone goal off a penalty kick.

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Forward Brian Ching #25 of the Houston Dynamo smiles as he walks past goalkeeper Kasey Keller #18 of the Seattle Sounders after scoring his second goal. Houston won 3-1. (Photo: GettyImages)


Honduran midfielder Marvin Chavez continued his torrid play by scoring the lone goal to spark FC Dallas to a 1-0 home victory over Chivas USA. Chavez has scored three goals in his last two games as he found the back of the net twice in Dallas’ 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on July 23. Chavez and Dallas overcame 102-degree temperatures and the fact the team had returned from its CONCACAF Champions League game from El Salvador a day late on Saturday due to weather problems.

Eddie Gaven and Tommy Heinemann stunned Real Salt Lake by scoring early goals en route to a 2-0 Columbus Crew win in Sandy, Utah. RSL was forced to play without defender Jamison Olave, who suffered a knee injury in the MLS all-star game, and striker Alvaro Saborio, who served a one-game suspension.

Late goals secure a point for Toronto and Kansas City

Dutchman Danny Koevermans made sure Toronto FC did not register its fifth successive defeat, connecting for the late equalizer in a 2-2 tie in Portland. Koevermans scored in the 81st minute. Eddie Johnson and Jack Jewsbury (penalty kick) tallied to give the Timbers a two-goal advantage, while new acquisition Peri Marosevic started the comeback with his first goal for Toronto.

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Goal keeper Troy Perkins #1 of the Portland Timbers dives in vain for the goal by Danny Koevermans #14 of Toronto FC. The game ended in a draw 2-2. (Photo: GettyImages)


Teal Bunbury came off the bench to score his first goal since April in the 89th minute to boost Sporting Kansas City a 1-1 draw with the 10-man New England Revolution on Saturday night. Kansas City hasn't lost in 13 games. Rajko Lekic had given New England a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute. However, A.J. Soares was red-carded in the 82nd minute for taking down C.J. Sapong on a breakaway outside the penalty area.