The former Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona forward’s late strike helped secure Bruce Arena’s men a 2-1 home win over Columbus Crew SC.
Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Giovani dos Santos netted his 10th MLS goal of the season for the LA Galaxy on Saturday night as they beat Columbus Crew SC 2-1 at the StubHub Center to snap a six-game winless streak.
The Galaxy had to wait until the 78th-minute of the match to get the scoring under way when substitute Baggio Husidic received a pass from fellow midfielder Sebastian Lletget on the edge of the box and unleashed a fierce strike into the top right corner.
Dos Santos then bagged what proved to be the winner just four minutes later, picking up an interception from Robbie Rogers in midfield before running into the final third and sending a delightful chip over Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark to double LA’s advantage.
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Adam Jahn managed to grab a late consolation goal for the visitors after pouncing on the rebound when Ola Kamara’s injury-time penalty attempt was saved by Galaxy stopper Brian Rowe, but Dos Santos’ strike proved enough to secure head coach Bruce Arena the 200th regular season win of his managerial career.
“It’s an honour to play for a great coach,” Dos Santos told LAGalaxy.com after the match. “I just want to congratulate him for his 200 wins in MLS. Everyone gave their best today and I think we deserved to win.”
Arena himself added on the result: “I thought in the last 15-20 minutes of the first half we had a little bit more control of the game. They worked real hard and then got a little bit tired. I think in the second half it was going to take a special play by someone to win the game.
“And in my book, I’d still like to consider Baggio’s goal as the game-winning goal, but I think it was a fantastic goal obviously. Giovani dos Santos’ goal was a good goal, an opportunistic goal. And overall I think we played pretty well. I’m disappointed with that fiasco in the end or whatever caused the penalty kick, whether it was won or not.
“I would have like to just walk off the field 2-0. But having said that, I’ll take the three points and leave it at that.”
The Galaxy are now tied for second in the Western Conference after Saturday night’s victory with Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids on 43 points – eight behind Supporters’ Shield leaders FC Dallas with a game in hand.
They have also conceded just 27 goals in their 27 matches and have only suffered a league-low four defeats going into their final seven fixtures, which include two crucial meetings with first-placed Dallas.