I think we can say we now have a clear favorite for the MLS Cup this year. The Los Angeles Galaxy are tearing through the MLS and taking no prisoners. An offense featuring Robbie Keane, Giovanni Do Santos, Gyasi Zardes and Steven Gerrard is scoring goals at a ridiculous pace. On Sunday NYC FC rolled into town and were promptly played off the pitch as the Galaxy ran out easy 5-1 winners.
David Villa and Andrea Pirlo were no match for the star studded Galaxy lineup. Not even the still injured Frank Lampard could have prevented this blowout. Robbie Keane scored two goals with two assists while Giovanni Dos Santos, Gyasi Zardes and Sebastian Lletget added strikes as LA netted five goals for the seventh time in nine competitive home games.
NYCFC had a lot of the ball and threatened several times in the first 25 minutes, with the Pirlo-to-Villa pipeline causing LA's backline some concern. The New Yorkers could have done more with their chances. The Galaxy better defended the channels as the half went on, limiting Pirlo's effectiveness, and took charge about midway through the first half.
From there it was pretty much one way traffic as NYCFC were just overrun. The goals came in bunches for the home side and truthfully the final scoreline could have been much worse than the 5-1 final.
Steven Gerrard commented on how the match turned after the opening 20 minutes. “Well I think New York is a good team and we sort of had to work them out, and that did take a bit of time. When we settled into the game, I thought we completely controlled three quarters of the match and certainly deserved to be comfortable.”
The victory moves LA to the top spot in the Supporters' Shield standings, a point ahead of Western Conference rivals Vancouver and two in front of Eastern leaders DC United. The Los Angeles Galaxy look invincible of late and if they get home field advantage I doubt they can be beaten in the MLS playoffs.