Landon Donovan looked ready for the World Cupwith three assists and a goal, and the Los Angeles Galaxy remainedunbeaten with an impressive 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders FC onSaturday afternoon.
In what could be his last Major League Soccer tuneup beforeheading off to U.S. national team camp, Donovan setup the firstthree Los Angeles goals before netting his first of the season inthe 67th minute off a feed from Edson Buddle.
Jovan Kirovski gave L.A. a 1-0 lead midway through the firsthalf with a swerving goal from 25 yards that handcuffed Seattlegoalkeeper Kasey Keller. Omar Gonzalez and Todd Dunivant addedsecond-half headers as the Galaxy ran their regular season unbeatenstreak to 11.
Donovan Ricketts posted his sixth shutout of the season for LosAngeles (7-0-1), which showed some goal scoring diversity for thefirst time this season.
Before Wednesday's 1-0 win in Colorado, nine of the Galaxy's 10goals had been scored by Buddle, the young striker making a pushfor inclusion at the U.S. national team's training camp. It opensin a little over a week to begin preparations for next month'sWorld Cup.
Buddle could get one more chance to impress U.S. coach BobBradley when the Galaxy host Toronto next Saturday.
Donovan certainly looked ready. The leader of the U.S. squadthat opens World Cup play June 12 against England set a new MLScareer high with his three assists. He leads the league with nineassists in just eight games and checked out in the 71st minute to amix of cheers and boos that will almost certainly be all cheersfrom afar a month from now.
Making his first start of the season, Kirovski took a chance ona drive from distance midway through the first half when Seattlecontrolled most of the play. The slicing shot, off a pass fromDonovan, glanced off Keller's left hand and inside the far post,silencing yet another Seattle sellout crowd.
Kirovski's goal was just the third this season for Los Angelesscored by someone other than Buddle. The Galaxy added two more inthe second half. Gonzalez rose above the Seattle defense to headDonovan's corner kick off the underside of the crossbar and past ahelpless Keller in the 52nd minute. Five minutes later, Seattle'sPeter Vagenas whiffed on clearing Donovan's free kick. The looseball bounced in the penalty area and Dunivant's dive redirectedpast Keller.
The victory was Los Angeles' first over Seattle in threemeetings and put the Galaxy 13 points clear of the Sounders withthe Western Conference standings.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times