CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane scored three goals and the Los Angeles Galaxy rallied to beat Western Conference-leading Real Salt Lake 4-2 on Saturday night in a late MLS showdown.
Keane scored in the 56th, 67th and 86th minutes to help the Galaxy (11-9-4) pull four points behind Salt Lake and tightened an eight-team battle for five West playoff berths. The top seven teams are separated by eight points, with San Jose another three points back.
Joao Plata gave Real Salt Lake (12-8-5) a lead in the 53rd minute.
Keane scored from a long pass by Jimenez to tie it, then volleyed Los Angeles ahead 11 minutes later.
Omar Gonzalez made it 3-1 with a header from Landon Donovan's corner kick in the 75th, and Keane got his 10th goal to complete his hat trick, lifting the ball over rushing goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Robbie Findley scored in the 90th for Salt Lake.