Olmes Garcia scored twice in the final 10 minutes to help Real Salt Lake beat the Los Angeles Galaxy in Sandy, Utah, for the first time in more than two years, with 3-1 victory Saturday night.
“I am here to apply my skills and this is my skill — to score,” the Colombian said.
Khari Stephenson scored late in the first half for RSL (8-5-3), and Landon Donovan scored an equalizer before halftime for Los Angeles (6-6-2), but it was not enough to help L.A. avoid its sixth loss in its past eight games across all competitions.
Garcia headed home a cross from Javier Morales in the 84th minute to put RSL ahead, and the two hooked up again two minutes into stoppage time. Morales sent a through ball into the center of the box. Garcia latched onto the pass and buried it inside the left post to assure RSL of the three points.
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“These are the plays we need to do better at,” Donovan said.
The teams were scoreless until the 44th minute, when Stephenson fired a right footed shot from outside the box in the 44th minute and buried inside the left post to give Salt Lake a 1-0 lead.
Timber 2, at Fire 2: Substitute Daniel Paladini scored on a 26-yard free kick in the 82nd minute to lift Chicago into the draw with Portland.
Chicago (3-7-3, 12 points) also got an open-net goal from Mike Magee in the 68th minute in coming back from a 2-0 second-half deficit to extend its unbeaten run to three games. Portland (5-1-8, 23 points) stretched its unbeaten streak to 12 games, not having lost since a 2-1 decision to Montreal on March 9.
Timbers forward Diego Valeri scored in the 34th minute, and Ben Zemanski added a goal in the 58th.
D.C. United 0, at Revolution 0: New England and D.C. United battled to a scoreless draw in which Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth had to make just one save for his seventh shutout of the season.
New England (5-4-5) is unbeaten through its last five matches (3-0-2) and has lost just once in its last eight (4-1-3).
D.C. United (1-10-3) was shut out for the third straight match, for the eighth time overall this season and is winless in its last 12 matches (0-9-3).
New England, which suffered three one-goal losses to D.C. United last season, saw its unscored-upon streak stretch to 395 minutes before a crowd of 14,163 at Gillette Stadium.