Gerrard breaks goal drought

Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard scored his first goal since joining Major League Soccer to help the LA Galaxy beat FC Dallas 3-2 on Sunday and climb to top of the league standings with 50 points.

Gerrard, the 35-year-old former England captain, had played eight games for Los Angeles without scoring a goal since his MLS debut in July.

Didier Drogba scored twice in the first 12 minutes as Montreal Impact beat D.C. United 2-0 on Saturday to stretch their club-record unbeaten streak to six games.

Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard scored his first goal since joining Major League Soccer to help the LA Galaxy beat FC Dallas 3-2 on Sunday and climb to top of the league standings with 50 points.

Giovani Dos Santos and Robbie Keane scored in the first half before Gerrard connected in the 57th minute as the Galaxy ended their perplexing three-game scoreless stretch. The three players scored in the same match for the first time.

Gerrard, the 35-year-old former England captain, had played eight games for Los Angeles without scoring a goal since his MLS debut in July.

“I didn’t have a problem with my confidence,” Gerrard said. “I think the goal is important for the team. We’re at the business end of the season, and it’s all about three points. It’s not about individuals and tallies and who gets what.”

Elsewhere, Matias Perez Garcia scored in the 87th minute to lift San Jose past Real Salt Lake 1-0 and close within a point of Portland for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Dominic Dwyer scored in the 79th minute to give Sporting Kansas City a 1-1 draw with Seattle. Obafemi Martins scored for the Sounders.

Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, Didier Drogba scored twice in the first 12 minutes as Montreal Impact beat D.C. United 2-0 on Saturday to stretch their club-record unbeaten streak to six games.

The Impact swept their three-game homestand and moved three points behind D.C. for fourth place in the MLS Eastern Conference, with two games in hand. D.C. is winless in six games.

Drogba has seven goals in six MLS games. In the fourth minute, he took a free kick after Taylor Kemp’s handball and drilled it over the defensive wall and into the top corner.

The former Chelsea striker saved his best for the 12th minute, when he picked off a back pass, twisted defender Steve Birnbaum inside out with a deke and scored.