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Highlights: Galaxy, Landon Donovan have their swagger back

Vancouver Whitecaps v Los Angeles Galaxy

CARSON, CA - JUNE 23: Landon Donovan #19 of the Los Angeles Galaxy gestures toward a Galaxy cheering section after the game with the Vancouver Whitecaps at The Home Depot Center on June 23, 2012 in Carson, California. The Galaxy won 3-0. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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To sum up Landon Donovan’s week:

On Wednesday, the U.S. international had two goals and an assist as Los Angeles rallied from two goals down to defeat first place Real Salt Lake in Utah. That’s quite a contribution from Donovan to a big Western Conference win.

Then on Saturday, Donovan added a goal and an assist as his Galaxy made early road kill out of Vancouver (a pretty good team itself) in a 3-0 win at the Home Depot Center. Los Angeles had its three-goal lead by halftime, with Irishman Robbie Keane supplying one of the strikes and earning a penalty kick for one other.

From coach Bruce Arena: “I think we’re slowly becoming a good team, and I think inside our locker room we understand what it takes to become a good team. It was an important week for us. We’re back in playoff contention, and there’s going to be a lot of difficult games ahead. ... Hopefully, our guys have learned a lot in the first 16 games, hopefully learned enough to get us through the next 18 in better form.”

All the highlights are here: