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L.A. tops Toronto for fifth in a row

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Edson Buddle scored in the 78th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night.

The Galaxy (9-13-6) used their fifth consecutive victory to move within four points of Chicago and Kansas City, which are tied for the final spot in the eight-team MLS playoffs.

"For us to be sitting and talking about this right now is probably surprising," said Galaxy coach Frank Yallop, whose team once had an eight-game winless streak. "But we're believing we can win now, and that's a huge thing for any team."

Toronto FC (6-17-6) is winless in 15 of its past 16 league and exhibition games.

Landon Donovan began the play that led to the winning goal with a pass to Chris Klein, who beat defender Miguel Canizalez on the right side of the penalty area.

An unmarked Buddle, who entered the game in the 77th minute, received Klein's pass and fired an eight-yard shot that hit the underside of the top of the net.

"They were a little bit tentative and nervous," Toronto coach Mo Johnston said of the Galaxy. "But when you've got Landon Donovan performing the way he's been performing, you know that your team can do anything at any given time."

Donovan gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead by converting a penalty kick in the 56th minute. Collin Samuel tied the score with a 21-yard shot in the 68th minute.

Toronto played with 10 men after Marco Reda was ejected in the 54th minute for pulling Gavin Glinton's jersey in the penalty area. The foul resulted in Donovan's penalty kick.

Reda and teammate Adam Braz will be suspended for Toronto's season finale Oct. 20 against New England. Braz received a yellow card in the 35th minute.

Toronto played without defender Andrew Boyens (New Zealand) and midfielders Carl Robinson (Wales) and Maurice Edu (United States), who made the rosters of their respective national teams for games this week.


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