The Galaxy overwhelmed Chivas USA with four second half goals en route to a resounding 5-2 triumph.
In truth, the Galaxy put this game out of Chivas USA’s reach in a two-minute second half span, Alan Gordon capitalizing on a Brad Guzan error to snatch the go ahead goal five minutes after coming on as a sub and then setting up Donovan’s third of the night a minute later.
Donovan’s hat trick was the first by a Galaxy player since Alejandro Moreno scored three on May 19, 2004.
Chivas USA had started the second half promisingly, Panchito Mendoza sending a stinging drive off the Galaxy’s far post after just three minutes.
But Donovan put the Galaxy 2-1 up 10 minutes later, stripping the ball away from Chivas USA defender Claudio Suarez after Mike Randolph had pulled the ball back.
A wide open Ante Razov clinically finished to pull Chivas USA level after 62 minutes before the Galaxy onslaught gave their opponents no way back into the game.
Gordon added the fifth six minutes from time, stabbing home a Beckham pass.
More after the press conference.