The Soccer Desk

Galaxy Embarrass Seattle; Rogers Debuts

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It was an historic night at The Home Depot Center for the LA Galaxy.  Not only did they defeat the Sounders 4-0 off a hat trick from veteran Irishman Robbie Keane, but Robbie Rogers made his Galaxy debut, becoming the first active, openly gay player to take a major sports field.  That’s right; not just in Major League Soccer, but in all US based major sports leagues.

The scoring would open up early for LA, after a tricky low cross from Robbie Keane in the box was picked up by Franklin, who rocketed the ball into the back of Seattle’s net.  Keane, who ended up having his best match so far this season, would pad the Galaxy’s lead to two after a low corner would find him, putting a perfect touch on the ball, which coasted by a stunned Gspurning.  The veteran striker still had a brace to score though, and it would come off of two penalties; one in the 34th and the second in the 44th, right before half time for the first half hat trick.

While LA wouldn’t score again in the match, the story of this contest came down to a superior offense against an inferior defense, plain and simple.  The Sounders let the Galaxy get under their skin early, making useless fouls in the process, which led to the two penalties that really helped the Galaxy run away with this one.  Shalrie Joseph, who would end up picking up a red card late in the match, really didn’t do his team any favors, making harsh tackles all night long.

Meanwhile, it seemed like the Galaxy’s offense was in some kind of battle meld, finding each other with back heel passed, crosses and through balls for all 90 minutes.  LA maybe should have had two more goals, after a Landon Donovan shot on net was saved and an open goal shot by Franklin was skied over the net.  It didn’t really matter though, as the Galaxy’s four goals were three more than they needed.  Seattle would only register one shot on goal all night long.

On top of the win, the real story was Robbie Rogers, who after officially signing with the Galaxy just yesterday, made his debut for LA in the 77th.  When Rogers made his way onto the field for Juninho, he became the first openly gay sports athlete to actively play in any major US based sport, a huge accomplishment for American sports, and the LGBT community as well.  With a lot of the Galaxy’s core players leaving on international duty, it will be interesting to see in the next couple of weeks how much playing time Rogers will see.

LA keep making their way up the Western Conference table, while the loss for Seattle puts them back a step.  It’s a quick turnaround for both teams, as US Open cup pay continues.  The Galaxy take on the Carolina RailHawks from WakeMed Soccer Park this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. PDT, while the Sounders take on the Rowdies from Tampa, FL the same day at 4:30 p.m. PDT.