The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster netted his fifth goal in four games on Sunday to help LA beat the New England Revolution 4-2 at the StubHub Center.
LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos scored a contender for MLS goal of the year on Sunday as his side thumped the New England Revolution 4-2 at the StubHub Center to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.
Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane, who was playing his first game since undergoing knee surgery in late March, opened the scoring in the 13th-minute before Giovani dos Santos doubled the hosts’ advantage 11minutes later with a stunning effort.
The 26-year-old Mexican struck a thunderous volley from the edge of box that curled past Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth into the top right corner of the net, giving him his fifth goal in just four games.
Dos Santos later helped set up Robbie Keane’s second strike in first-half stoppage time to give LA a three-goal lead going into the break, but New England threatened a comeback with just 20 minutes remaining when they scored twice in the space of three minutes through Kelyn Rowe and Juan Agudelo.
Bruce Arena’s side secured the win deep into added time, however, when the fit-again Steven Gerrard, who had come off the bench to replace Keane on the hour mark, dribbled through the opposition defence and fired home the fourth.
The result leaves LA sitting second in the Western Conference on 18 points – two behind Supporters’ Shield leaders the Colorado Rapids, having recorded five wins, three draws and suffered just one defeat in their opening nine games of the season.
After an inconsistent start to the campaign, Dos Santos’ impressive form has been a big reason for their recent success, but the former Tottenham Hotspur man was quick to deflect praise onto his teammates after the Revs game.
“I feel very confident right now and personally, I’ve been working really hard,” Dos Santos told LAGalaxy.com. “But also, I think the team has been doing very good. We’ve been playing so good and it also helps me.
“It’s a pleasure to play with Robbie, and Gyasi [Zardes] is doing a great job, as well. We are really confident and hopefully we can continue like this.
“Robbie is very important for us, for the club. He’s a great player. I think the chemistry between me and him is getting better every game and for me, it’s always a pleasure to play with him.”
On his goal, the 90-times capped Mexico international added: “I just tried to shoot, and I think it was a good goal. I don’t care about a goal – I know everyone is talking about the goal – but the good thing is that the performance today was good. We took the three points and are looking forward to the next game.”
The Galaxy now travel across the country to face the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium, where another win would see them go top of the West for at least a few hours before the Rapids host Sporting Kansas City.