Mike Magee scored his first career hat trick as the defending champions of Major League Soccer routed the Chicago Fire 4-0 on Sunday at the Home Depot Center.
The LA Galaxy dominated the first match of the post-David Beckham era. Landon Donovan was also unavailable as he is on self-imposed hiatus from soccer until the end of the month. The Fire did not have veteran center back Arne Friedrich.
Magee and striker Robbie Keane shredded the Fire defense repeatedly as LA finished with 10 shots on target compared to one for Chicago.
The first goal came in the 38th minute when Keane found Todd Dunivant on the left side of the box. The pass was deflected, but Dunivant’s challenge caused the ball to pop into the air where Magee fired a fired a volley past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Magee nearly scored in the 55th minute, but Johnson extended his left leg for a dramatic save. In the 68th minute, Keane found Magee on the right side of box. The veteran American cut the ball back and created space for the shot.
In the 74th minute, Magee scored off another volley – this time from the left side of the box – after Keane’s shot was blocked by Johnson at point-blank range.
Keane finally got a goal of his own in the 80th minute after Omar Gonzalez headed the ball across the face of the goal following a corner kick.