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Donovan comes out of retirement as Galaxy beats Orlando

September 12, 2016

CARSON, California (AP) — Landon Donovan returned to the Los Angeles Galaxy as a second-half substitute, ending his 21-month Major League Soccer retirement, as the hosts beat Orlando City 4-2 on Sunday.

Donovan, the top scorer in the history of MLS and the U.S. men’s national team, announced his comeback with the Galaxy three days earlier. The 34-year-old got a lengthy standing ovation before entering in the 83rd minute.

Giovani Dos Santos scored two goals and Alan Gordon added another during a first-half barrage for the Galaxy, who took sole possession of second place in the Western Conference. Captain Robbie Keane also scored as a second-half substitute.

Kevin Molino scored on a rebound in the 20th minute and Brek Shea scored on the final kick of the game for Orlando City, which holds the last playoff spot in the East, only a point ahead of two pursuers.

One of those pursuers is D.C. United, which kept up the chase with a dramatic 2-2 draw at New York.

The Red Bulls, with goals from Gonzalo Veron in the 35th minute and Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 54th, looked to have the game in their keeping.

However Steve Birnbaum pulled a goal back for D.C. in the 89th minute and Lamar Neagle equalized in the fifth minute of stoppage time, tapping in the ball after it bounced off a post.

New York would have gone equal top of the East with a victory, but instead shares second place with local rival New York City.

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