Gerrard misses early penalty, scores late as Galaxy beat RSL
LONDON – Steven Gerrard missed an early penalty but capped Los Angeles Galaxy’s 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake with a stoppage-time goal in Major League Soccer.
The win extended Galaxy’s unbeaten streak to five games and moved them into third in the Western Conference on 14 points. Real Salt Lake, who suffered their first defeat of the season, are also on 14 points after seven games.
After Real goalkeeper Nick Rimand saved former Liverpool and England midfielder Gerrard’s weak spot kick in the sixth minute, Juan Manuel Martinez headed Real ahead in the 16th minute.
The Galaxy hit back through Gyasi Zardes three minutes later, before Mike Magee, Emmanuel Boateng and Giovani dos Santos gave them a 4-1 lead by half time.
“It was fun to see everything click,” said Boateng. “Hopefully, it’s something we can build on.”
Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute before Gerrard capped the scoring with his first of the season two minutes into added time.
Western Conference leaders Dallas suffered a 3-0 loss to the Whitecaps in Vancouver, while Colorado, in second place, beat Seattle 3-1.
In the East, Chris Pontius and C.J. Sapong scored first-half goals as Philadelphia Union beat New York City FC 2-0, Sebastian Giovinco scored twice to give Toronto FC a 2-0 win over Montreal and D.C. United beat New England Revolution 3-0.
Kei Kamara scored a penalty in the 21st minute to give Columbus Crew a 1-0 win against Houston Dynamo. -Reuters