Hernández scores MLS-best 7th goal, Galaxy beat Austin 2-0

CARSON, Calif. — Javier “Chicharito” Hernández continued his early season rampage with his Major League Soccer-leading seventh goal, leading the LA Galaxy to a 2-0 victory over expansion Austin FC on Saturday.

Sebastian Lletget also scored in the first half for the Galaxy, who are off to a 4-1-0 start under new coach Greg Vanney. Chicharito has scored in each of their four victories, and he slid between two Austin defenders to knock home a superb pass from Julian Araujo at close range in the 77th minute.

Chicharito also had a penalty saved by Austin’s Brad Stuver in the first half of the first meeting between MLS’ newest team and the league’s record five-time champions. The Galaxy improved to 7-0-1 in Carson against expansion teams in their debut seasons since 2009.

New goalkeeper Jonathan Bond posted his first shutout for the Galaxy, while Austin (2-3-0) was shut out in the Los Angeles area for the second time already. LAFC blanked Austin 2-0 in the franchise’s inaugural game last month.


NEW YORK — Reserve Jacob Shaffelburg scored his first-career MLS goal in the 74th minute to pull Toronto even with New York City FC.

Jesus Medina put NYCFC (2-12) ahead in the 53rd minute.

Toronto is 1-2-2.