CARSON -- Former Cal State Bakersfield star Gyasi Zardes scored just before halftime, and the Los Angeles Galaxy snapped a three-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory Sunday night over "SuperClasico" archrival Chivas USA.
Zardes, a rookie, nodded home Landon Donovan's free kick as the Galaxy (7-6-3) climbed to fourth place in the Western Conference, seven points off the lead. Chivas (3-10-2), the home team at the StubHub Center, tied a club record with its seventh successive loss and its seventh shutout defeat in a 10-game skid dating to the end of March.
"It feels great," Zardes said of his second goal of the season in a post-game interview with TWCSN. "All the dedication and work in practice is paying off."
Robbie Rogers appeared to score for the Galaxy early in the first half, slipping a pass from Donovan past keeper Dan Kennedy, but referee Hilario Grajeda ruled Robbie Keane interfered with the play. Keane, in an offside position between Rogers and the goal, screened Kennedy.
Zardes had plenty of quality scoring chances on the night.
He sailed a left-footed shot over the crossbar in the 25th minute, hit the post some 10 minutes later and headed a ball just wide of the goal shortly after halftime. Kennedy denied Zardes again in the 74th minute with a brilliant save. Zardes found the net in the 44th minute, his glancing header from Donovan's delivery caroming in off the left post.