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Galaxy gash 10-man Rapids

Sep 6, 2014 - 4:46 AM Carson, CA ( - Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes and Baggio Husidic scored two goals apiece as the Los Angeles Galaxy rolled to a 6-0 win over the 10-man Colorado Rapids on Friday at the StubHub Center.

Colorado goalkeeper Joe Nasco was making only his second start in MLS, but it lasted just 34 seconds as he was sent off for bringing down the Galaxy's Alan Gordon inside the penalty area, earning Nasco the quickest red card in league history.

Donovan converted the subsequent penalty kick and the Rapids were basically in damage control for the rest of the match.

Husidic doubled the lead for Los Angeles on the half-hour mark, while Zardes made it 3-0 before the break to the home side.

Donovan, Zardes and Husidic each added another goal after the break for the Galaxy, who have won five straight games to move to within two points of Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders FC.

The Rapids have lost a club-record seven straight games and remain four points out of a playoff spot.

Todd Dunivant delivered the low cross that led to a scramble in front of the Colorado net in the opening minute, and Nasco pulled down Gordon as he attempted to score from a few yards.

Referee Baldomero Toledo had little choice but to send Nasco off, and the Galaxy took full advantage by finding plenty of space in the attacking third for the rest of the night.

Donovan scored from the penalty spot to put his team up 1-0 as he sent goalkeeper Clint Irwin the wrong way.

A neat touch from Gordon set up the first goal for Husidic on the half-hour mark, while Donovan turned provider in first-half stoppage time on the goal from Zardes.

The second half started much like the first as Colorado gave away another penalty kick in the opening minute of the half, this time with defender Chris Klute bringing down Zardes.

Donovan calmly converted another spot kick to make it 4-0, while Zardes headed home a nice delivery from Stefan Ishizaki in the 75th before Husidic capped the scoring four minutes from time on a second assist from Donovan.