MLS WRAP – Week 23: Keane scores for LA, Angel on target for Chivas

Robbie Keane and Juan Pablo Angel both scored on debut for their new clubs in Week 23 of MLS action.

Robbie Keane and Juan Pablo Angel both scored on debut for their new clubs in Week 23 of MLS action.

The former Tottenham striker netted in his first appearance for LA Galaxy in their 2-0 win at home over San Jose Earthquakes.

The Republic of Ireland international was played in with a long ball from David Beckham and as he advanced towards Quakes keeper Jon Busch, he dummied at the last second and managed to round the gloveman to slot home much to the delight of the Galaxy fans.

Mike Magee put the finishing touches on the win in the final minute when he slotted home Sean Franklin’s low cross from the right after San Jose had Steven Beitashour sent off nine minutes from time.

In Colorado, Chivas USA came from behind twice to eventually draw 2-2 with reigning champions the Rapids thanks to Angel’s first goal for the club after joining from the Galaxy during the week.

The Colombian veteran ran on to a pinpoint pass from Nick LaBrocca to slide home a perfectly weighted shot from the top of the ‘D’ to make it 1-1 in the 36th minute.

Caleb Folan had earlier put the Rapids ahead and then Jeff Larentowicz made it 2-1 in the 69th minute before Laurent Courtois tied it up with four minutes remaining.

Elsewhere in North America, Dane Richards scored twice in the second half to allow New York Red Bulls to draw 2-2 with New England Revolution after Milton Caraglio’s earlier double with both sides having a player each sent off in a dramatic match at the Gillette Stadium.

Columbus Crew defeated Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Ohio, Houston Dynamo got the better of Real Salt Lake with a 3-2 result, Seattle Sounders won 1-0 away at FC Dallas and Portland Timbers defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1.

Chicago Fire meet Toronto FC whilst Sporting Kansas City take on DC United on Sunday to complete the Week 23 matches.

2011 MLS season – Week 23 scores

New England Revolution: 2 (Milton Caraglio 15’/37’, red card: Kenny Mansally 55’)
New York Red Bulls: 2 (Dane Richards 53’/87’, red card: Teemu Tainio 69’)
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA – 18,882

Columbus Crew: 2 (Emilio Renteria 37’, Andres Mendoza 51’)
Philadelphia Union: 1 (Veljko Paunovic 42’)
Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH – 13,869

Houston Dynamo: 3 (Brian Ching 47’, Bobby Boswell 69’, Alex Dixon 90+3’)
Real Salt Lake: 2 (Fabian Espindola 28’, Luis Gil 60’)
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX – 16,247

Colorado Rapids: 2 (Caleb Folan 13’, Jeff Larentowicz 69’)
Chivas USA: 2 (Juan Pablo Angel 36’, Laurent Courtois 86’)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO – 16,852

FC Dallas: 0 (red card: Daniel Cruz 56’)
Seattle Sounders: 1 (Mauro Rosales 16’)
Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX – 11,635

Portland Timbers: 2 (Diego Chara 2’, Jorge Perlaza 33’)
Vancouver Whitecaps: 1 (Camilo Sanvezzo 88’)
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR – 18,627

LA Galaxy: 2 (Robbie Keane 21’, Mike Magee 90’)
San Jose Earthquakes: 0 (red card: Steven Beitashour 81’)

 
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