Robbie Keane's return to action after seven weeks out with a groin injury inspired the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory over the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.
The Republic of Ireland captain set up Alan Gordon for a second-half stoppage-time header that proved enough to help the Galaxy end their five-game winless streak.
There was still time after Gordon's strike for Los Angeles left-back Oscar Sorto, on his first MLS start, to be sent off for a tackle from behind on Dynamo defender David Horst.
In an event before the game Keane told ESPN FC that Steven Gerrard : "The problem is I think with people in Europe -- and this won't be Stevie's case because I've already told him how difficult the league is here -- is that people think they're coming over here to finish their career and it's a holiday, but when you play for the Galaxy, that's not the case.
"You're coming over here to win things, because that's what is expected because we're one of the biggest teams in the MLS and we have standards here.
"The league is a tough, tough league."
Here are the highlights of last night's game:
There was also late drama in Friday's other game, with substitute Jason Johnson nodding home an equaliser four minutes into stoppage time to secure the Chicago Fire a 2-2 draw at the Columbus Crew.
Kei Kamara had put the hosts two up at MAPFRE Stadium, a clinical finish in the eighth minute and a powerful header in the 55th. But David Accam halved the deficit with a neat header before the hour mark and then Johnson had the final word.