Carson, CA - The Chicago Fire handed the Los Angeles Galaxy their first home loss of the 2010 Major League Soccer season with a 3-2 victory on Sunday night at The Home Depot Center.
Marco Pappa, Collins John and Mike Banner scored consecutive goals inside 20 minutes to give the Fire (5-5-5) an early 3-0 advantage before Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan scored two penalty-kick goals to add some excitement to the end of the game.
The Galaxy (12-3-4) narrowly missed going up 1-0 in the game in the first minute when forward Tristan Bowen found Edson Buddle in the Fire penalty area with a through-ball. But Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson - making his first MLS start - came up big with a save on the league's current goal scoring leader.
Two minutes later the Fire made the Galaxy pay for the missed opportunity when Pappa ran onto a through-ball in the offensive third and slotted home for his seventh goal of the season.
Less than a minute later the Fire went up 2-0 when John got behind the defense and fired a hard shot past L.A. goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, short side.
Banner volleyed home the rebound of a Pappa blast from the top of the area in the 19th minute to give Chicago the commanding 3-0 lead. It was banner's first goal of the season.
The Galaxy pulled a goal back in the 37th minute when Donovan slotted home a penalty kick after the Fire's Patrick Nyarko took down Todd Dunivant in the box.
The goal was Donovan's 100th in his MLS career. He is the second fastest player to reach 100 goals behind the New England Revolution's Taylor Twellman.
That was how the score stayed until the 81st minute when Fire defender Krzysztof Krol handled the ball in the penalty area after a Galaxy corner kick. Donovan slotted home for his fifth goal of the season, but that was as close as the home side could get.
The Fire will aim to build on the solid effort when they host Red Bull New York next Sunday, while the Galaxy will hope to rebound at New York on Aug. 14 in their next MLS fixture.