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July 4, 2016
FC Dallas romp to the top of MLS West; Keane helps Galaxy snap skid

Robbie Keane didn't see a lot of time for Ireland at Euro 2016, but got right down to business for the Galaxy on Monday, scoring in the 12th minute against Vancouver.
Robbie Keane didn't see a lot of time for Ireland at Euro 2016, but got right down to business for the Galaxy on Monday, scoring in the 12th minute against Vancouver.
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FRISCO, Texas---FC Dallas got the July 4 fireworks started early on Monday night, cruising to a 4-0 win over Orlando City SC before a sellout crowd of 16,195 at Toyota Stadium.

FCD (10-5-4, 34 points) got two assists from Mauro Diaz and goals from Walker Zimmerman, Michael Barrios, Matt Hedges and Fabian Castillo, extending its unbeaten streak to 15 games, a new franchise record. They also took over first place in the MLS West and Supporters' Shield race, one point ahead of Colorado

Orlando City (4-4-8, 20 points) finished with just three shots over 90 minutes. The Lions were shut out for the first time this season and saw their unbeaten streak end at five matches.

Zimmerman opened the scoring in the 11th minute, after Lions midfielder Darwin Ceren's misplay gifted FD with a corner kick. Diaz delivered the ball, which bounced once then found Zimmermanís right foot and he knocked it in for his second goal of the season.

Ten minutes later, Barrios chipped netminder Joe Bendik for his team-leading sixth goal of the season to make the score 2-0.

In the 62nd minute, Diaz lined up for a free kick about 22 yards a bit to the right of the visiting goal. His deft chip found the head of Hedges and the FCD captain took full advantage of his 6-foot-4 frame to head the ball into the far side of the net.

In stoppage time, Castillo capped a nice sequence with Tesho Akindele, scoring his fifth goal of the season with Akindele taking the unselfish route to set up his teammate for the easy tap-in.
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COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--Tim Howard marked his return to MLS with a shutout as the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers played to a scoreless draw Monday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The US national team veteran needed only two saves for the clean sheet, but the draw was not enough to keep the long-time league leading Rapids (9-2-6, 33 pts) on top of the MLS West. They fall to second behind FC Dallas, runaway winners over Orlando City on Monday.

Colorado controlled the run of play, but put only four of their 13 shots on goal, all stopped by netminder Jake Gleeson. In the 20th minute, Gleeson charged to the top of the penalty area to block a breakaway shot from Shkelzen Gashi, and in the 54th, he dove to parry away a sharply-angled rocket shot, also from Gashi.

Fanendo Adi had Howard beat on a 43rd-minute counterattack, but cracked his shot off the left post.

The Timbers improve to 6-6-6 (24).

CARSON, Calif.--Robbie Keane returned from international duty to help the LA Galaxy snap a seven-game winless skid by beating Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 Monday night at the StubHub Center.

Keane, who spent most of June with Ireland at Euro 2016, blasted the game-winner into the upper right corner from the top of the arc 12 minutes into the game. Jeff Larentowicz added an insurance goal in the second minute after the intermission. Steven Gerrard assisted on both Galaxy goals, including serving up the corner kick that Larentowicz headed home from six yards.

The Galaxy take over fourth place in the MLS West with 26 points (6-3-8). Vancouver (7-8-3, 24) drops to sixth place.

LA goalkeeper Brian Rowe weathered a 26-shot Vancouver attack, although only four of those attempts were on goal.

The Galaxy, who were missing defenders Ashley Cole and Jelle van Damme on Monday due to one-game disciplinary suspensions, finished the match shorthanded after a straight red card to backliner Nigel de Jong after a vicious late tackle on Vancouver substitute Blas Perez.

Vancouver kept things interesting into the closing minutes. In the 83rd minute Andrew Jacobson, who had a goal called back for offside in the 15th minute, sent Rowe diving toward the lower left corner for a long blast. And in the 89th, the Galaxy 'keeper punched Pedro Morales' low curler away from the bottom right corner.
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