An ailing Lampard was a no-go forÂ NYCFC, andÂ David VillaÂ andÂ Andrea PirloÂ were outshined by the LA Galaxy’s big names â€“ Gerrard,Â Robbie KeaneÂ andÂ Giovani Dos SantosÂ â€“ as the home side romped to a 5-1 triumph to surge to the top spot in the Supporters’ Shield standings, a point ahead of Western Conference rivals Vancouver and two in front of Eastern leaders D.C. United.
TheÂ Steven Gerrard–Frank LampardÂ meeting fizzled out, but the five other superstars offered plenty to please a sellout crowd at StubHub Center in Major League Soccer’s first marquee matchup of world-class Designated Players on Sunday afternoon.
Keane scored two goals with two assists, and Dos Santos,Â Gyasi ZardesÂ andÂ Sebastian Lletgetadded strikes as LA (13-7-7) netted five goals for the seventh time in nine competitive home games over a little more than two months â€“ four times in six MLS games â€“ to become the first MLS team to hit the net 1,000 times since the league began play in 1996.
Keane’s goals gave him 15, even with Villa, who converted a late penalty kick for NYCFC (7-12-7). He’s scored 19 in his last 15 games of any stripe and 12, with four multigoal games, in his last seven league outings.
Bruce Arena notched his 112th victory as Galaxy head coach, tying the single-team record held by former New England coach Steve Nicol and San Jose boss Dominic Kinnear while he was in charge at Houston.
Â All of Giovani Dos Santos’ touches in his MLS debut. Watch below.
Â Watch every one of Â Dos Santos’ touches as theÂ LA Galaxy v. Seattle Sounders face off in what ends up to be a spectacular come back for the LA Galaxy and another debut goal for Mexico National Soccer team super star Giovani Dos Santos. Dos Santos set up captain Robbie Keane’s tie-breaking goal in the 47th minute before the Mexican play-maker scored his first goal in the 64th minute, taking a beautiful pass from Keane and burying his shot past Stefan Frei.
The LA Galaxy and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo have agreed to mutually terminate the Panamanian’s contract. LA Galaxy Insider can confirm that the Galaxy and Penedo will part ways following a two-year stint by the Panamanian ‘keeper at StubHub Center. The 33-year-old was placed on waivers Wednesday. From what LA Galaxy Insider has learned, the move was initiated by Penedo who requested a change of scenery which the Galaxy obliged. It is unlikely that he’ll remain in Major League Soccer. Penedo signed with the Galaxy in August 2013, and was instrumental in helping LA win the 2014 MLS Cup. He made 61 appearances for the club in MLS competitions, earning a 29-14-17 record, with 177 saves and 21 shutouts for Los Angeles.
Penedo finishes his time with the Galaxy with 54 MLS appearances overall, goingÂ 25-12-17. He recorded 155 saves while allowing 59 goals for a 1.09 goals against average. He also has recorded 17 all-time shutouts and was a member of the Galaxy squad that won the 2014 MLS Cup.
Watch Jaime Penedo’s LA Galaxy Highlight’s below
LA Galaxy team photographer Robert Mora captured Giovani dos Santos in his new number 10 LA Galaxy jersey for the first time. Giovani is said to arrive the first week ofÂ august after the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Today the LA GalaxyÂ has announced that the club has signed 26-year old Mexican forward Giovani dos Santos to a designated player contract.
A regular with the Mexican national team and a product of Barcelonaâ€™s famed La Masia Academy, Giovani dos Santos will arrive in Los Angeles following the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.Giovani will likely arrive the first week of August and will make his MLS debut against Seattle Sounders FC at StubHub Center on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1pm PT live on ESPN.We are thrilled to add a young Mexican player in his prime to our brand. We believe that the additions of Giovani dos Santos and Steven Gerrard, an English soccer legend, position the LA GalaxyÂ to continue to succeed on the field and in the Los Angeles community.
Congratulations to Giovani for his successful moveÂ to play with the best that Los Angeles has to offer.
Behind the Scenes of Steven Gerrardâ€™s first training session
Former LiverpoolÂ midfielder Steven Gerrard beganÂ his official training with LA Galaxy on Tuesday, July 7 at StubHub Center before participating in a press conference in StubHub Centerâ€™s American Express Stadium Club along with LA Galaxy President Chris Klein, LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena and AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman.
Petra’s win in 36 minutes was the quickest win by anyone Â at Wimbledon since 2004
The defending Wimbledon champion Petra KvitovaÂ picked up where she left off last year with a blistering 6-1, 6-0 victory over world No108 Kiki Bertens, of the Netherlands, that will remind everyone the Czech will not be giving up her title easily.
On a picture-perfect day, with temperatures around 30C , Kvitova had to bea bit Â nervous as she â€śopenedâ€ť the womenâ€™s event in the traditional slot reserved for the holder, especially after pulling out of the Eastbourne warmup event because of a virus.
But in front of a packed crowd on Centre Court, including her parents, Kvitova played with the freedom of a reigning champion as she raced to victory in 36 minutes, dropping one point on serve in the match.