González, Pavón score, Galaxy beat RSL 2-1

Real Salt Lake's Damir Kreilach, front, and Los Angeles Galaxy's Giancarlo Gonzalez chase the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Giancarlo González and Cristian Pavón 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.

González scored his first goal of the season off a set piece, heading home a free kick from Sebastian Lletget in the 18th minute. Pavón 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 Martínez 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.

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