Gal­axy keeps its of­fense in gear

L. A. has 16 goals in its last three matches, in­clud­ing 10 in last two MLS games.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Steve Gal­luzzo sports@ latimes. com

Llet­get, Keane and Rogers score in the f irst 33 min­utes and Los An­ge­les cruises to a 5- 0 vic­tory over Port­land at Stub­Hub Cen­ter.

Asked be­fore Wed­nes­day’s game if his team had turned the cor­ner, Gal­axy Coach Bruce Arena said, “We’ll see.”

He sounded only a lit­tle more con­vinced in the locker room sev­eral hours later af- ter his side con­tin­ued its re­cent scor­ing spree in a 5- 0 vic­tory over the Port­land Tim­bers in front of 21,207 fans at Stub­Hub Cen­ter.

The Gal­axy has scored 16 goals in its last three com­pet­i­tive matches, two of those Ma­jor League Soc­cer con­tests.

“We played very well at times,” Arena said. “Af­ter about the f irst 10 or 12 min­utes we set­tled in and played our game.”

Play­ing its sec­ond of four home con­tests in a f iveg­ame stretch, the Gal­axy wasted lit­tle time tak­ing com­mand against the Tim­bers.

In the 13th minute, midf ielder Se­bas­tian Llet­get found the lower left cor­ner from 15 yards out.

Five min­utes later, cap­tain Rob­bie Keane con­verted a penalty kick af­ter Llet­get was taken down in the penalty area by Max­i­m­il­iano Ur­ruti.

“Se­bas­tian was our best player in the f irst few min­utes, he cre­ated sev­eral chances and it was good to see him get the f irst goal,” Arena said.

In the 33rd minute, de­fender Rob­bie Rogers scored his first goal in a Gal­axy uni­form, redi­rect­ing a through ball from Keane to make it 3- 0.

His last MLS goal was in 2011 with Colum­bus.

“That was his first goal?” Arena asked. “He should have about 10. He makes things hap­pen out there.”

Jun­inho in­creased the lead to 4- 0 in the 72nd minute for the Gal­axy ( 7- 5- 7), which moved into sole pos­ses­sion of third place in the Western Con­fer­ence, one point be­hind Seat­tle and Van­cou­ver.

It was the Brazil­ian midfielder’s third goal of the year and sec­ond in two games.

The Gal­axy struck again in the 88th minute when Jose Vil­lar­real sneaked a di­rect free kick in­side the left post.

Port­land ( 7- 6- 4) had its fran­chise- record four- game league win­ning streak bro­ken and dropped to fourth, one point ahead of idle Sport­ing KC.

The Gal­axy has 10 goals from 10 dif­fer­ent play­ers in its last two games.

“All by de­sign,” Arena said. “That’s the way we drew it up. Ac­tu­ally, I wouldn’t mind if one guy scored f ive goals ei­ther, but this shows ev­ery­one’s in­volved and we’re mov­ing the ball bet­ter.”

The teams played to a 2- 2 draw in Port­land on March 15, when Alan Gor­don scored the equal­izer in stop­page time for the Gal­axy, which re­mains un­de­feated against Port­land ( 6- 0- 1) at Stub­Hub Cen­ter.

Gor­don re­placed Llet­get in the 66th minute Wed­nes­day.

English midfielder Steven Ger­rard, who signed with the Gal­axy in Jan­uary, is sched­uled to join the ros­ter in July fol­low­ing Liver­pool’s sea­son in the Premier League.

In 17 sea­sons with Liver­pool, the 34- year- old cap­tain scored 182 goals in 696 games.

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