Ryan Ravelloson scored his first two goals of the season after the first half to help the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 4-0 win over Montreal on Monday night.
Before the break, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored his seventh-leading goal for the team this season, and Dejan Jovic converted a penalty to score his sixth in the Galaxy’s fifth home win and first since the international break in June.
Jonathan Bond was rarely threatened and made only three saves to maintain his sixth elimination with Los Angeles (8-6-3, 27 points) and the first since May 8.
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Montreal (9-7-2, 29 points) has gone without goals for only the third time this season and first on the road since a 2-0 loss to Orlando City in their season opener on February 27.
Montreal is now 2-2-0 in four games since Djordji Mihajlovic, who leads the team with seven goals and four assists, lost to an ankle injury.
Ravelloson was a key supplemental part of the Galaxy’s attack a season ago, but has made 29 MLS appearances since his last five MLS goals in 2021.
That drought ended an hour later to add to what was already a two-goal lead after some skillful compound play from the Galaxy.
In the last two passes, Daniel Aguirre spotted Julian Araujo wide, and Araujo hit a cross with his right foot into the path of Rafelloson, who finally shot for the first time.
Ravelloson’s second goal came after a more impressive sequence. Substitute Sasha Kelgestan provided the last pass, a look from the first touch with the back of his heel to free Rafelloson in the penalty area to score another goal from close range in the 79th minute.
Earlier, Chicharito and Jovelic scored in the same match for the second time in four matches.
Chicharito started in the eighth minute when Samuel Grander sent a cross from the left to Evren Alvarez in a close move from the penalty spot. Alvarez moved his head toward the rear pillar, where Chicharito collected him and finished off a tight corner.
Jovelic doubled his lead in stoppage time in the first half with a penalty awarded to a handball in Montreal after a video review.
It was Jovelic’s fifth goal in his last four matches. He only got his second season start on Monday while Douglas Costa and Kevin Cabral were suspended for red card suspensions.