The Galaxy snapped their 12-game winless streak in some style, dissecting a defense that had more holes than their own for a 5-2 win capped by a Pete Vagenas (!) volley in the 81st minute.
Donovan scored his third and the Galaxy’s fifth in second half stoppage time although he appeared more than a tad offside.
D.C. played with 10 men for the final half hour, after Marc Burch stupidly received a straight red for hacking David Beckham’s ankle with the ball already out of play It wasn’t a particularly nasty challenge and it appeared even Beckham thought a straight red was overly harsh and he appeared to have more than few words with the assistant referee.
Before Vegenas’ late goal – created by Donovan who held the play up while awaiting Vagenas’ arrival – the Galaxy had led by just one goal after South African striker Thabiso Boyzzz scored his first MLS goal three minutes after the break.
It was the third time the Galaxy had scored five goals all season.
The first win for Bruce Arena hauled the Galaxy off the Western Conference basement and into a tie with San Jose for fifth place.
Back with more from the locker rooms later.