CARSON, California (AP) — Robbie Keane scored three second-half hat trick to help the Los Angeles rally for a victory 4-2 over Major League Soccer Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Keane scored in the 56th, 67th and 86th minutes to help the Galaxy pull four points behind Salt Lake and tighten an eight-team battle for five Western Conference playoff berths. The top seven teams are separated by eight points, with San Jose another three points back.
Joao Plata gave Real Salt Lake a lead in the 53rd minute.
Keane scored from a long pass by Jimenez to equalize, then volleyed Los Angeles ahead 11 minutes later.
Omar Gonzalez made it 3-1 with a header from Landon Donovan's corner in the 75th, and Keane got his 10th goal of the season to complete his hat trick, lifting the ball over rushing goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Robbie Findley scored in the final minute of regulation for Salt Lake.
At Columbus, Ohio, Federico Higuain scored two goals for the second straight match, lifting Columbus to a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC.
The Argentinean forward gave the Crew the lead in the 19th minute, then connected for an exquisite chip for his second in the 67th. Higuain perfectly placed a looping ball from 23 yards over the futile effort of goalkeeper Joe Bendik, who was only a few yards off the goal line.
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