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LA Galaxy DPs beat Colorado's grand prix

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The Colorado Rapids threw a lot of speed at the LA Galaxy going after the big prize, but LA's designated players rallied in the second half to win 4-3.

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The LA Galaxy (10-5-7, 37 pts) proved Wednesday night that 3-1 is the most dangerous halftime lead in soccer, coming back with three goals in the second half to beat the Colorado Rapids 4-3. Landon Donovan scored the match winner, but nothing about what took place was predictable. The match proceeded at a seemingly random pace, then sort of just ended.

LA outplayed the Rapids in the second half, they wouldn't have won otherwise, but it's much more complicated than that. The Galaxy came to life after giving up a second goal, coming back quickly with one of their own. A phantom foul and a lucky rocket later, LA went into the locker room down more than they should have been looking like nothing positive came out of the first half. The match ended with the opposite being true.

All three LA Galaxy designated players scored goals, the first time that's happened. Donovan assisted on Gonzalez' goal, Keane assisted on Donovan's goal. Omar Gonzalez fought to get Alan Gordon his first goal since returning to the Galaxy and Dan Gargan proved his mettle with an assist to remain tops among MLS defenders in assists.

That's the positive side of the story. The negative side is the players who came in for injury or rest purposes and were completely outmatched by the players on the other side. Leonardo remains unreliable yet inexplicably the spot starter over Tommy Meyer. Todd Dunivant needed more rehab repetitions with LA Galaxy II. Baggio Husidic didn't have the rhythm to maintain things in the central midfield.

Now LA has to complete the six point play this week, with third place FC Dallas now within reach. Bruce Arena told Time Warner Sportsnet at half time that we'd see in the second half whether the Galaxy were going to be a good team this year or not. It appears the team has risen to that challenge.