Robbie Keane lifts Galaxy past Whitecaps, 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 1:09 am •  Published: April 13, 2014

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Robbie Keane scored 1:11 into the second half and the Los Angeles Galaxy held on to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday night.

Keane scored off Stefan Ishizaki's cross, racing into the goalmouth to volley past goalkeeper David Ousted for his third goal of the season.

The Galaxy improved to 2-1-1 with their second straight victory.

Vancouver (2-2-2), which will be home against Los Angeles next weekend, had three strong scoring opportunities in the first half, but struggled in the second half.

"I thought going into halftime (Vancouver was) going to hit the wall a little bit in the second half," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "They worked real hard the first 45 minutes, had to chase the ball a lot, and they were going to lose some of that energy in the second half, and certainly getting the goal early changes the game."

Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo made three big first-half saves, turning aside Darren Mattocks' shots in the 20th and 32nd minutes and denying Kekuta Manneh 1-on-1 just before halftime.

"The boys played very well," Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said. "Obviously, one minute of lack of concentration in the start of the second half cost us. A long straight ball, the ball got in behind us and Robbie finished off. Disappointed with the goal, but very pleased with the performance."