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Los Angeles (4-3-3) at Chicago (2-3-6), 4 p.m.

Bridgeview, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Galaxy will aim to continue their winning ways on Sunday when the club visits Toyota Park for a meeting with the Chicago Fire.

The Galaxy is coming off of one of their most impressive outings of the season, a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Union that saw Landon Donovan become the all-time leading scorer in MLS history.

Chicago, meanwhile, had its two-game winning run snapped by the Columbus Crew last weekend in a 2-0 defeat at Crew Stadium.

Los Angeles will be hopeful of notching a third straight win on Sunday as the team's top two scoring options, Donovan and Robbie Keane, enter the fixture in top form.

In the win over the Union, Donovan notched two goals and an assist while Keane scored one goal and assisted on two others.

Against the Fire, Donovan has totaled eight goals and seven assists in 19 career regular-season matches, and he will be hoping to add to those numbers on Sunday to help the Galaxy climb up the Western Conference table.

Keane has been in fine form so far this term with seven goals and three assists, and against a Fire team that has yet to keep a clean sheet in 11 games this season, the Irishman should be a big threat for the Galaxy once again.

Los Angeles has earned only 15 points from its first 10 games, but Keane believes that Sunday's win over the Union is the type of performance that could propel the team forward.

"We certainly have players in this team to be top of the league, no question about that," said Keane following the win over the Union. "We haven't been, but we are knocking on the door. After tonight's performance, hopefully we will see the flood gate opened."

The Fire will be hoping to move on from a disappointing effort against the Crew, with head coach Frank Yallop battling injury concerns ahead of Sunday's match.

Striker Mike Magee missed out on the Crew match, as did regular starters Lovel Palmer, Patrick Nyarko, Bakary Soumare and Alex.

How many of those players Yallop will have at his disposal is still unclear, but he knows that the game with Columbus must be put behind his side.

"We have a few guys out at the moment, so there's not a lot we can change," Yallop said. "We just have to keep working, and it's one of those games where Columbus was better than us tonight, they deserved to win the match. You have to take the defeat and move on."

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