FC Dallas 3-3 LA Galaxy: Donovan hat trick not enough in wild draw
The U.S. international was unstoppable, but poor defending and questionable refereeing meant LA had to settle for a road draw.
By Seth Vertelney
Landon Donovan scored three goals, doubling his season tally, but it still wasn't enough for the Galaxy to win, as FC Dallas grabbed a late equalizer in an entertaining 3-3 draw.
FC Dallas got on the board first in the 15th minute, in what was the team's first goal in five games. Andrew Jacobson won a header off a corner kick and Hedges was at the back post to head the bouncing ball home from two yards out.
Just as FCD was going into halftime with the lead, the Galaxy struck. Robbie Keane saw Donovan between the two center backs, and chipped over the top for the U.S. international. Donovan bravely headed past the onrushing Chris Seitz and bundled home into an empty net.
The home side jumped back out front right after the break, but with a hint of controversy. Michel found Blas Perez to stab home at the back post off a free-kick, but replays showed the Panamanian was a yard offside.
The Galaxy had an answer though, and once again, it was Donovan who burned the Hoops. A poor clearance from FCD was headed back to Marcelo Sarvas, who chested down to Donovan. With nary a defender in site, Donovan finished low off the bounce with his left foot.
As the FCD midfield wobbled, the Galaxy looked for a killer third. And inevitably it arrived through Donovan again. A long throw-in fell in the box for Donovan, who snuck a low shot into the far corner to complete his hat trick.
Incredibly, there would be another twist in the plot. With just minutes to go, Michel whipped in a free-kick which Omar Gonzalez did well to clear, but Perez was on hand to volley an unstoppable volley through a crowd and into the back of the net.
Again, the home side was fortunate, as replays showed the linesman could have raised his flag twice for offside during the play.
The home side nearly found a dramatic injury-time winner, but Jackson was so unlucky when his 35-yard blast easily beat Cudicini, but slammed off the post.
- Own Goal
- Penalty Missed
- Yellow Card
- Penalty Save
- Penalty Shootout Goal
- Penalty Shootout Miss
- Yellow Card / Red Card
- Red Card
- Substitution IN
- Substitution OUT
- Goal.com Rating
- Goal.com Man of the Match
- Goal.com Flop of the Match
- Top & Flop Global Ranking
- Fans' Man of the Match
- Fans' Flop of the Match