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Carson, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy will shoot to continue their fine run of form on Saturday when the club welcomes the Colorado Rapids to the StubHub Center.

Heading into Saturday's tilt, the Galaxy are riding an impressive five-match unbeaten run across all competitions, including a two-match winning streak in league play.

Last time out, the two-time defending champions easily handled the in-state rival San Jose Earthquakes by a 3-0 score at home.

Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were too much to handle for San Jose as Donovan opened the scoring for the Galaxy in the 26th minute when he ran onto a feed from Keane, rounded the goalkeeper and slid it into the empty net for his 132nd career MLS goal.

Keane made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 43rd minute when he smashed home a penalty kick after Gyasi Zardes was dragged down in the penalty area by San Jose's Steven Beitashour.

The Irishman then completed his brace in the 67th minute when he volleyed it past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch on the bounce to finish off a result that was rarely in question.

"I think our team played well tonight," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. "San Jose played real hard in the first half, came out hard. The first goal was very important. I think they threw a lot into the game in the first half. You can see in the second half they lost their legs a little bit. Our team played well. It was a game winner. As the game went on, our passing improved. I thought we scored some good goals. Overall, a good performance. A good team effort."

Colorado, meanwhile, is in need of a bounce-back performance after a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City last week which saw the club's nine-match unbeaten run come to an end.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Benny Feilhaber connected on a strike from distance, but Colorado equalized in the 77th minute through Edson Buddle to set up a frantic final 13 minutes of play.

But Graham Zusi found the back of the net two minutes from time to send the Rapids to defeat.

"We're fighting. We have a tough schedule. We're fighting for points every week," said Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja. "We hadn't lost a game in nine games and today, in the last three minutes we gave away a really important point. I can't let this change our momentum and affect the team. The team is solid, we're good."

Buddle, whose goal was his second in as many matches for Colorado, will face his former team on Saturday:

"It's a special game for me because I loved playing in L.A. before I was even on L.A.," Buddle said. "I'm looking forward to playing against them."

Last time the two clubs met, Hendry Thomas and Dillon Powers scored as the Rapids claimed a 2-0 result over Los Angeles on July 27.

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