Dos Santos scores on MLS debut as Galaxy win again

Sun Aug 9, 2015 10:10pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Giovani dos Santos scored on his Major League Soccer debut as the Los Angeles Galaxy continued their sizzling home form with a 3-1 win over the slumping Seattle Sounders.

Seattle scored in the first minute courtesy of striker Chad Barrett, who then pulled a hamstring celebrating and had to be substituted minutes later.

A deft right-footed volley by Gyasi Zardes pulled Galaxy level before halftime, and they added two more in the second half courtesy of Robbie Keane and new signing Dos Santos.

Keane’s 47th-minute goal was a typical poacher’s effort after dos Santos got a poor first touch to a low cross.

Dos Santos showed his class in the 64th minute when he fired home powerfully after a Keane's pass split the Seattle defense, sealing the Sounders' fifth straight defeat.

Keane and Dos Santos are forming a potent combination up front for Galaxy, who have scored 22 goals in their past five home games.

Only a poor road record -- just one away win all season -- has kept them from running away with the Western Conference.

Galaxy are second in the conference with 40 points from 25 matches, two points behind Vancouver Whitecaps.

The formerly high-flying Sounders have slipped to sixth in the West with 32 points from 24 matches.   Continued...

August 9, 2015; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder/forward Giovani Dos Santos (10) celebrates with forward Robbie Keane (7) his goal scored against Seattle Sounders during the second half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports