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Magee hits hat-trick as Beckham, Donovan-less LA Galaxy kick on

Back-to-back MLS champions LA Galaxy put aside the absence of stars David Beckham and Landon Donovan to cruise to a 4-0 win over Chicago Fire in their 2013 season opener.

Mike Magee bagged a hat-trick and skipper Robbie Keane added a fourth as Bruce Arena's Galaxy dominated proceedings at The Home Depot Center to begin the new campaign with a commanding result.

Magee volleyed home from 12 yards in the 38th minute to open the scoring before receiving a neat through ball from Keane to curl over Fire keeper Sean Johnson with just over 20 minutes remaining. He then produced his first-ever treble when he controlled a deflected ball with his chest before turning and volleying into the roof of the net on the turn.

Keane scored with a classy side-volley ten minutes from time to wrap up the contest in front of just over 20,000 fans on a perfect day in California.

The Galaxy will now prepare for their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final first leg with Costa Rican club Herediano on Thursday prior to the return bout in Carson on March 14.

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Andrew Slevison
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