Jun 24, 2013 at 4am UK at ​The Home Depot Center
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Result: Gyasi Zardes earns Los Angeles Galaxy vital away win

Result: Zardes earns Galaxy vital away win
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Gyasi Zardes scores the only goal of the game as Los Angeles Galaxy close the gap at the top of the MLS Western Conference

Los Angeles Galaxy kept the pressure on the MLS Western Conference leaders with a 1-0 win over Chivas USA.

The hosts started brightly and Galaxy keeper Carlo Cudicini had to do well to deny Jose Manuel Rivera as his low volley looked destined for the net, but the former Tottenham Hotspur man got down and made the save.

Los Angeles responded, though, and could have taken the lead in the 36th minute when Gyasi Zardes saw his effort tipped onto the post by Dan Kennedy after he had latched onto Juninho's low shot.

However, Zardes was not to be denied minutes later as he gave his side the lead just before half time when he headed home into the top corner from Landon Donovan's free kick.

After the break, Zardes should have doubled his and the Galaxy's tally but he could only head his effort against the post after Omar Gonzalez had teed him up at the back post.

Zardes yet again could have put the game out of the reach of Chivas but in a one-on-one situation with Kennedy he could only fire the ball straight at the keeper.

Chivas tried to rally late on to get an equaliser but the visitors held firm defensively to win the three points.

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