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Landon Donovan notes first goal of the season in Galaxy win

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Captain America is back. The Los Angeles Galaxy won 2-0 against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, April 20 thanks to Landon Donovan playing a part in both goals, according to Yahoo! Sports.

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Donovan’s form has notably been subpar since his return to Los Angeles. The 31-year-old American had come off the bench twice prior to the match against Kansas City and played the full 90 minutes against Dallas F.C.

Donovan’s touches have been too far ahead of himself. His service into the box has been off target and his pace seems one step behind from his usual speedy self.  He even missed a penalty kick that would have given the 10-man Galaxy the lead against Dallas. That’s especially shocking seeing that Donovan has scored 91 percent of all his P.K.’s in his career.

Donovan responded to his miss against Dallas by saying “I need more practice.”

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said the U.S. international player is on track regardless of the performance in Frisco, Texas.

“It’s going to take him a couple of months to get going,” the Galaxy coach said. “He’s behind the group, but he’s done remarkably well. Having him back with very little preparation, he’s doing all right. He’s obviously got to play better, and he’ll get fitter. As he gets fitter, he’ll play better.”

And so the prophecy came to fruition. The midfielder showed that time on the pitch was all he needed. Galaxy’s first goal was generated by the California native as Donovan ran the ball in on the left side of the box, took a stutter step, changed speed and crossed the ball low for Marcelo Sarvas to poke the ball in from three yards away.

The second goal game from a breakaway by striker Robbie Keane who masterfully held up the ball after he ran the left flank. The Irishman crossed it neatly for Donovan coming in on the right to strike it past Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen to solidify the win for the Galaxy.

The Galaxy will travel to Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah to face rivals Real Salt Lake on April 27, providing another challenging opportunity for the improving Donovan.

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Eldrick Bone

Eldrick Bone was born and raised in Los Angeles and has devoted his professional life to revolve around sports. A journalism graduate of California State University, Northridge, Eldrick served as a sports writer, reporter and anchor for the school’s broadcast news program, Valley View News. He was previously the host of the sports radio show, In the Sports Booth on SkidRow studios.