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LA Galaxy draw 2-2 with DC United, Landon Donovan injured

The LA Galaxy were able to get the go ahead goals they needed on the road, unfortunately the defense wasn't able to keep DC United from getting the equalizers and the match ended 2-2. It was LA that dictated the pace of the match, but DC was able to counter every punch with one of their own.

The goals came from Robbie Keane and perhaps surprisingly Michael Stephens. The Galaxy came out able to impose their will on DC, netting a goal within the first ten minutes. A.J DeLaGarza intercepted a DC pass and pushed the recovery up to Landon Donovan in one motion. Donovan made some moves in the box and Keane was able to get the easy goal.

Moments later, DeLaGarza suffered a knock that left him with a dislocated elbow and he had to leave the match. This brought Sean Franklin in as his replacement. However, it was Omar Gonzalez who made the defensive mistake, allowing Chris Pontius to steal the ball off his foot for DC's first half equalizer.

Things really changed when LA had to use a second injury substitution (Jose Villarreal) to relieve Landon Donovan with a left ankle injury just after halftime. With Donovan out, Keane slotted back behind Villarreal.  This more creative position led to Keane finding Michael Stephens for the Galaxy's second goal ahead goal. However, a mistake by Leonardo on an offside trap led to DC tying it up again.

It was a match LA could have won if it weren't for their defensive mistakes, which some might chalk up to fatigue. With traveling Donovan only lasting a half, traveling Gonzalez standing still to allow a goal, and traveling Penedo allowing two goals there's certainly some evidence to support that theory.

With Seattle Sounders FC as the next matchup, the team needs to tighten some things up at home. Hosting the current Supporters' Shield leader means LA aren't out of that race just yet, but things would be much better had the Galaxy been able to hold onto all three points.