CARSON, Calif. (AP)Giancarlo Gonzalez and Cristian Pavon scored to help the LA Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Sunday night in their first game under interim coach Dominic Kinnear.
Kinnear took over Thursday after Guillermo Barros Schelotto was fired.
Gonzalez scored his first goal of the season off a set piece, heading home a free kick from Sebastian Lletget in the 18th minute. Pavon took the ball near midfield, beat a pair of defenders, and flicked in a right-footer from point-blank range in the 65th.
The Galaxy (6-11-3) are still in playoff contention. They won for just the second time in their last 11 games, dating to a Sept. 6 victory over Los Angeles FC.
RSL’s Douglas Martinez scored on a header, off a cross by Justin Meram, in the 78th minute.
Real Salt Lake (5-9-7), which is winless in its last three games and has just one win in the last eight, was eliminated from playoff contention.