Santalab sparkles for Sydney; LA Galaxy finally win under Bruce Arena

Central Coast Mariners 2 – Melbourne Victory 2 (A-League, September 20, 2008)

Sydney FC 3 – Adelaide United 0 (A-League, September 20, 2008) Sydney looked in sparkling form as they crushed Adelaide. Terry McFlynn scored after just 2 minutes with an unstoppable 25-yard volley into the top corner, Alex Brosque doubled the lead just past the half hour mark. The highlight of a fairly lopsided contest was a 35-yard wonder strike from substitute Brendon Santalab 11 minutes from time.

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Real Salt Lake 0 – Chivas USA 1 (MLS, September 20, 2008) A terrible mix up between RSL’s Nat Borchers and goalie Nick Rimando allowed Alecko Eskandarian to score a 72nd minute winner for Chivas.

LA Galaxy 5 – DC United 2 (MLS, September 20, 2008) Bruce Arena secured his first win as the Galaxy coach to snap a 12-game winless streak. After falling behind in the first minute to a McTavish goal, LA’s cheif marksmen Landon Donovan struck a brace, before Gordon added a third. Khumalopulled a goal back for DC, but the visitors were reduced to 10-men after Marc Burch cynically took out David Beckham on the touchline. In the final stages Vagenas added a fourth and Donovan completed his hat-trick in the 90th minute.