CARSON If the Galaxy needed any reminders, soccer can be and is a cruel sport.
After a lively first half that saw the Galaxy create decent chances, getting into dangerous positions, New York City FC needed just two chances to end up stealing the full three points.
Jonathan Lewis broke the scoreless stretch with a remarkable curling shot from 20 yards out that sailed just over Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe and into the net.
David Villa then put the game to bed in the 74th minute with his 18th goal of the season to lead New York City FC (13-7-4) to a 2-0 victory over the Galaxy in front of 25.667, Saturday at the StubHub Center.
Prior to Villa’s goal, the Galaxy was again close to a goal as Romain Alessandrini got off a shot that sailed over to Ashley Cole, who one-time shot hit off the crossbar.
Minutes later, NYCFC was celebrating Villa’s goal.
Down 2-0, again the Galaxy created chances, but New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson came up with a pair of top-class saves to preserve the shutout.
The Galaxy (6-12-5) can’t hide from its home issues. The club has just one victory at home through the first 12, dropping to 1-7-4.
During those 12 games, the Galaxy has scored just 10 goals.
At times in the first half, the Galaxy appeared to be close to increasing the goal total at home, but failed to come up with the final pass.
In the 41st minute, the Galaxy had its best chance of the opening half. After a Romain Alessandrini free kick was blocked, the rebound fell out to Pele van Anholt, who unleashed a rocket on target, forcing New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson into a save.
New York City FC didn’t have a shot on goal in the first half.
Giovani dos Santos missed the game due to a hamstring injury suffered during training.
Meanwhile, his brother, Jonathan made his home debut, starting in the midfield.
Galaxy defender and captain Jelle Van Damme missed the final game in his two-game suspension due to yellow card accumulation.
The Galaxy has an extended…