The LA Galaxy rose to the top of Western Conference with a 3-2 home win over FC Dallas on Sunday night thanks to a couple of former Tottenham Hotspur men.
The Galaxy had not scored in 279 minutes going into the match but they took just 11 minutes to break their drought when Giovani dos Santos finished off a flowing passing sequence with a neat touch.
The Mexican playmaker then helped double the hosts' lead only three minutes later when he set up club captain and former Tottenham teammate Robbie Keane for his 16th MLS goal of the season.
Dallas managed to pull one back through Michael Barrios 10 minutes before half-time but Steven Gerrard restored LA’s two-goal advantage 12 minutes after the break to ensure that Atiba Harris’ late effort was nothing more than a consolation strike.
The win over their conference rivals means Bruce Arena’s men are now leading the Supporters’ Shield standings with 50 points ahead of their final three regular-season games and, with Keane and summer signing Dos Santos building a great relationship up top, few would bet against them claiming an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup title in five seasons come December.
The ex-Spurs duo were first united at White Hart Lane in 2009 when Keane returned to the North London from a six-month spell at Liverpool and took a special interest in mentoring his fellow attacker, who was struggling to adapt to the English game following a £4.7 million move from Barcelona.
His efforts proved in vain in the end, as Dos Santos would score just three times in 33 total appearances for the club before heading back to Spain to join Real Mallorca in August 2012, but the Mexico international believes the pair can now form a lethal strike partnership together in the States.
"We have really versatile players on this team and I feel really good playing behind Robbie [Keane] or to his right,” Dos Santos told lagalaxy.com following the Dallas win. “It also depends on the situation, the game and where I can find space. I’ve never had trouble adapting to those two positions.”