Galaxy rout Fire 4-0 in opener

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Associated Press

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 3 at 10:02 PM

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Mike Magee scored three times as the Los Angeles Galaxy began the post-David Beckham era with a season-opening 4-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.

The two-time defending MLS champions got one goal from Magee in the first half and two more in the second half. Magee volleyed home a deflected cross in the 38th minute, scored from Robbie Keane's feed in the 68th, and knocked in a rebound in the 74th.

It was the Chicago-born Magee's first career hat trick and second multigoal game in 11 MLS seasons.

Irish striker Keane scored the finale on an 80th-minute corner kick.

The Galaxy, transitioning to a new style of attack after Beckham's departure to French club Paris Saint-Germain, dictated most of the action in a game played largely between the 18-yard boxes.

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