Galaxy extends shutout streak in win over Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Michael Stephens scored his first career goal and Los Angeles extended its shutout streak to 456 minutes in a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday, leaving the Galaxy as the only unbeaten team in Major League Soccer.

Stephens, a rookie from UCLA, was unmarked on the left side of the penalty area when he took a pass from Chris Birchall and shot the ball into the lower left corner in the 10th minute. Tristan Bowen added his first MLS goal in the 87th minute.

It was the latest two unbeaten teams have met in MLS history. In 2000, Los Angeles and Kansas City had not lost when they met in the eighth game and played to a scoreless draw.

The Galaxy (9-0-2) have allowed two goals overall and none while going 5-0-1 on the road. They haven't lost in 14 regular-season games (11-0-3) since September, while the Crew (6-1-2) saw its four-game home winning streak snapped.