Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan each had second-half goals to help the Los Angeles Galaxy record a 3-1 win over Juventus on Saturday night.
Both clubs were playing their second match of the 2013 International Champions Cup, but it was the local squad that took control of the pace in the second half to cruise to an impressive victory.
Fox Soccer had the tweet as the score went final.
FT: LA Galaxy 3, Juventus 1. The hometown team gets it done against the Serie A champions, concluding a great night at Dodger Stadium.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 4, 2013
The Serie A champions treated the match like a true preseason tune-up by replacing most of their starters in the second half. The Galaxy, on the other hand, were clearly motivated by an LA-centric crowd and simply wanted the victory more.
Saturday's clash was the second match to take place at Dodger Stadium on Saturday evening, making it the second match ever to be played at the venue. Real Madrid and Everton hold the honor of being involved in the first after their ICC match earlier in the day.
Early on, Dodger Stadium proved to give the Galaxy a bit of a home-field advantage.
Fans from Los Angeles packed the stadium to see their hometown squad in action, but the goals just weren't there for either side in the early going. Robbie Rogers had a chance inside the 10-minute mark, but he could not convert.
The tournament's official Twitter account chronicled the near-miss on Twitter:
9' - A bit of confusion in the Juventus box leads to an off-balance Robbie Rogers shot that goes JUST wide of the goal! #ICC2013— Int Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) August 4, 2013
With the action staying relatively wide during the early going, it was the MLS side that had more chances to grab an early lead than the international visitors. Right before the half, the Galaxy got on the board.
Omar Gonzalez found the back of the net in the 38th minute to give his side a 1-0 lead. As noted by Fox Soccer Trax on Twitter, the defender was ecstatic about the score:
Judging from his first-pumping-and-arm-flailing celebration, Omar Gonzalez is pretty excited about that goal— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) August 4, 2013
It didn't take long for Juventus to equalize.
Alessandro Matri tied the score just one minute later, creating a chance for himself and crushing the momentum that Gonzalez created with his goal and celebration.
Galaxy's Twitter account might have put it best:
39' 1-1. Alessandro Matri ties it up for Juventus. We've got a game folks.— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 4, 2013
Gonzalez might have been the early hero, but according to SoccerAmerica on Twitter, he should have done more to prevent Matri's strike:
Well, Omar Gonzalez is doing much better job coming forward than defending. Matri equalizes for Juve. 1-1 w/ 3 minutes to play in 1st half.— SoccerAmerica (@socceramerica) August 4, 2013
The score would remain 1-1 at halftime, but it was the Galaxy who upped their effort to win the match when the second half began.
Keane, who was one of the club's subs past the 45-minute mark, wasted no time in focusing the Galaxy's efforts on getting a second goal. LA was noticeably more active and aggressive on the attack during the first phase of the second half, and the squad was rewarded with a goal.
Keane found Gold Cup MVP Donovan with a beautiful low cross for the third goal of the game. Donovan's score gave the Galaxy a 2-1 lead, and they would not relinquish it the rest of the way.
In the 88th minute, Keane scored a dagger.
Fox Soccer Trax had a look at three of the contest's four goals in the late stages of the match:
With the win, the Galaxy ensured themselves of at least a sixth-place finish at the inaugural ICC. Juventus, while certainly not worried about their league prospects just yet, would need a win to avoid a winless trip to the United States.
|Juventus Player||Grade||Galaxy Player||Grade|
|Gianluigi Buffon||C+||Brian Rowe||B-|
|Angelo Obinze Ogbonna||C||Todd Dunivant||C|
|Martín Caceres||B-||A.J. DeLaGarza||C+|
|Paolo De Ceglie||C+||Omar Gonzalez||B|
|Mauricio Isla||B||Robbie Rogers||C|
|Luca Marrone||C||Michael Stephens||B-|
|Kwadwo Asamoah||C||Jose Villarreal||B+|
|Alessandro Matri||B+||Marcelo Sarvas||B|
|Fabio Quagliarella||B||Landon Donovan||A-|
|Andrea Pirlo||B+||Robbie Keane||A+|
|Marco Storari||C||Sean Franklin||B|
|Andrea Barzagli||C+||Gyasi Zardes||B-|
|Fernando Llorente Torres||C-|
The Galaxy will next face the winner of Sunday's Inter Milan-Valencia match, while Juventus will try to avoid going 0-3 in the preseason tournament by having a better showing against the loser of that clash.
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