MLS WRAP – Week 20: Donovan scores twice as LA Galaxy cruise past Vancouver

Landon Donovan was again in goalscoring form as LA Galaxy defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 in MLS on the weekend.

Landon Donovan was again in goalscoring form as LA Galaxy defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 in MLS on the weekend.

The USA star joined New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry at the top of the scoring charts on 11 goals with a second-half double as the Galaxy stayed on top of the Western Conference table.

Donovan opened the scoring with a brilliant goal in the 61st minute when he controlled with his chest before taking a first-time left-footed shot past Joe Cannon before following up with a penalty in the 75th minute.

He then turned provider ten minutes from time with a low cross from the left to the back post for Sean Franklin who slid home for his second in two matches before Adam Cristman grabbed the Galaxy’s fourth with a 90th minute header after the Whitecaps failed to clear from a throw-in.

Elsewhere in MLS, Colorado Rapids defeated ten-man Philadelphia Union 2-1, Brian Ching netted a brace as Houston Dynamo beat Seattle Sounders 3-1 in Texas, Columbus Crew scored twice early to overcome Real Salt Lake 2-0 in Utah, Dwayne De Rosario scored both goals in DC United’s 2-0 victory at San Jose Earthquakes, FC Dallas got the better of Chivas USA 1-0, Sporting Kansas City scored late to draw 1-1 with New England Revolution as Toronto FC came from two goals down to record a 2-2 draw at Portland Timbers.

2011 MLS season – Week 20 scores

Philadelphia Union: 1 (Roger Torres 90+3’, red card: Sheanon Williams 65’)
Colorado Rapids: 2 (Pablo Mastroeni 35’, Sanna Nyassi 45’)
PPL Park, Chester, PA – 18,770

LA Galaxy: 4 (Landon Donovan 61’/(p) 75’, Sean Franklin 80’, Adam Cristman 90’)
Empire Field, Vancouver, BC – 27,500

Sporting Kansas City: 1 (Teal Bunbury 89’)
New England Revolution: 1 (Rajko Lekic 38’, red card: AJ Soares 82’)
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS – 17,418

Houston Dynamo: 3 (Colin Clark 7’, Brian Ching 23’/70’)
Seattle Sounders: 1 (Alvaro Fernandez (p) 37’)
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX – 18,465

Real Salt Lake: 0
Columbus Crew: 2 (Eddie Gaven 5’, Tommy Heinemann 10’)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – 18,516

San Jose Earthquakes: 0
DC United: 2 (Dwayne De Rosario 57’/67’, red card: Andy Najar 70’)
Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA – 10,525

Portland Timbers: 2 (Eddie Johnson 23’, Jack Jewsbury (p) 57’)
Toronto FC: 2 (Peri Marosevic 71’, Danny Koevermans 81’)
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR – 18,627

FC Dallas: 1 (Marvin Chavez 26’)
Chivas USA: 0
Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX – 10,023

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