Keane’s penalty kicks help Galaxy top Crew

The Associated PressJuly 5, 2013 

Robbie Keane converted two penalty kicks in the closing minutes, rallying the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Thursday night in Carson, Calif.

Keane beat Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to the lower right corner in the 85th minute and again in the second minute of stoppage time to give the Galaxy (8-7-3) its third win in its last eight matches.

Bernardo Anor put the Crew (5-8-5) on the scoreboard in the 78th minute, heading Federico Higuain’s free kick from near midfield and looping the ball from the top of the box into the upper-right corner.

Referee Sorin Stoica called Gruenebaum for tripping Jose Villarreal in the box for the first penalty, and Anor was whistled for knocking down Keane as he awaited a cross for the second.

Dominic Oduro almost scored for Columbus in the 88th minute, but Todd Dunivant cleared it off the goal line.

At Rapids 2, Red Bulls 0: Nathan Sturgis scored in the 47th minute, and Clint Irwin got his sixth shutout of the season to lift Colorado over New York.

Deshorn Brown also scored for Colorado, which last lost at home to New York on July 8, 2007 — improving to 4-0-1 since.

New York was shut out for the fifth time this season. The Red Bulls are 2-3-1 in their last six games while getting outscored 9-6 in that stretch.

Chivas USA 0, at FC Dallas 0: Dan Kennedy earned his first shutout of the season in helping Chivas to a scoreless draw with Dallas.

Chivas extended its winless streak to 12. Dallas has gone five in a row without a victory and is two points behind Western Conference leader Real Salt Lake.

There were plenty of chances for both teams, though neither could take advantage.

Chivas outshot Dallas 17-6, holding a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal.

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