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Landon Donovan scores three goals in Galaxy's 3-3 tie with FC Dallas

FRISCO, Texas — Landon Donovan scored three goals for his fourth MLS hat trick, but Blas Perez scored his second goal in the 86th minute to lift FC Dallas into a 3-3 tie with the Galaxy on Sunday night.

Donovan scored twice within nine minutes to give the Galaxy a 3-2 lead in the 82nd minute, but Perez notched his team-leading eighth goal four minutes later.

The Galaxy (10-9-4) moved into a fifth-place tie with Seattle and Dallas (8-6-9) remained one point behind.

With Dallas ahead, 2-1, Donovan received a short pass from Marcelo Sarvas and stepped into a right-footed blast from 18 yards that beat diving goalkeeper Chris Seitz just inside the right goal post in the 73rd minute.

Nine minutes later, a throw-in by Robbie Keane bounced to Donovan about eight yards from the goal and the U.S. national team star spun and drilled a right-footed shot past defender George John. The ball initially appeared to be going wide, but it curled just inside the far post.

Perez tied the score off a free kick by Michel from 25 yards. The ball sailed into the middle of the penalty area, where defender Omar Gonzalez headed it out, but it went right to Perez, who fired a 15-yard blast that beat goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini just inside the left post.

Matt Hedges scored for Dallas, in the 15th minute, to end at 464 minutes a club-record goalless streak, the seventh-longest in MLS history.

Chris Seitz made five saves for Dallas in only his third appearance this season. He filled in for starter Raul Fernandez, who is with the Peruvian national team.

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