SWORN-HOOLIGAN-2The LA Galaxy were quiet early, but stormed back from a one-goal deficit at halftime to defeat D.C. United 4-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Stubhub Center on Sunday.

Lamar Neagle opened up the scoring for DC United just five minutes into the game and the visitors could have easily extended their lead on a handful of chances.

After some adjustments, including a halftime substitution that saw Mike Magee enter the game for an injured Giovani dos Santos, a reenergized LA finally equalized in the 54th minute with MLS debutant Daniel Steres scoring a header off a Mike Magee kick.

“It was a corner kick and we needed to get back in the game,” Daniel Steres says describing his equalizing goal. “He [Magee] put in a really good ball, in a good spot and Gyasi [Zardes] picked my guy out and I found some space at the last second.”

After assisting the equalizer, Mike Magee took care of the go-ahead goal himself just 10 minutes later with a lobbed shot over the D.C. United keeper.

Robbie Keane & Giovani Dos Santos - Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire
Robbie Keane & Giovani Dos Santos – Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

“I was the beneficiary of some good movement on the first goal. It was an incredible ball by Sebastian and my touch was just bad enough to bounce up,” said Magee, who set up the penalty for Robbie Keane to ice the result in the 83rd minute, and added his second goal minutes later.

“On the second time I was just trying to get in the box and I think it just hit me in the head. Stevie G. played a perfect ball.”

If Magee’s continues to contribute off of the bench as he did tonight, his play may just be enough to convince LA manager Bruce Arena that he deserves a spot in the starting squad.

“This is the reason we wanted to bring Mike back here,” Galaxy manager Bruce Arenas said. “He’s a great player who can score goals. We’ve been very careful with him in preseason, and will continue to be in the beginning of the season, being careful with his minutes and make sure he’s completely healthy and ready to have a great year.”

Steven Gerrard - Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire
Steven Gerrard – Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire

The Galaxy’s star-studded lineup included some of the biggest names in MLS. Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos commenced their first full MLS season while newcomers Ashely Cole and Nigel de Jong produced a stellar second half.

This was the 43rd meeting between these two teams, the longest running rivalry in all of MLS. The Galaxy lead the series 20-14-9 and are 5-0-2 in home games against D.C. United since 2008.

The Galaxy will look to continue their hot start as they visit the Colorado Rapids this Saturday.