Saturday night's match didn't start out the way the LA Galaxy would have wanted, but the rest of the night could not have gone much better.
The Galaxy shook off an early Kris Boyd goal by rattling off four unanswered goals in just nine minutes on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday night.
David Beckham stole the show with a pair of beautiful first-half goals, including a long-range blast and a perfect free kick. Robbie Keane provided his first of two goals while Landon Donovan added a penalty kick to give the Galaxy a 4-1 lead just 28 minutes into the match.
The Timbers made it 4-2 on a Kosuke Kimura goal but that's as close as the Portland was able to get. Keane added his second on a beautiful passing sequence including Beckham and Sean Franklin to make the score 5-1 before Boyd added a final goal in the eight-goal thriller.
Here are the match highlights:
What did you think of the match? Impressed with Beckham's performance in his first match since returning from suspension? Think the Galaxy are officially back as a title contender? See Portland being able to fix their struggling defense in time to make a playoff push?
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