CARSON, Calif. – David Beckham and Edson Buddle scored in the first half to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday night.
The Galaxy (16-6-5) used their third victory in four games to move back into first place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference by two points over Real Salt Lake.
Alan Gordon scored for Chivas USA (7-15-4), which has lost three consecutive games and four of five.
The Galaxy held a 1-0 lead when Beckham scored his first goal of the season in the 39th minute on a 26-yard free kick into the upper-right corner of the net. Beckham's goal was his first since Sept. 9, 2009 against Toronto.
Beckham was making his second start and fourth appearance of the season after missing six months because of a torn left Achilles' tendon. Eddie Lewis replaced Beckham in the 64th minute.
Buddle put the Galaxy ahead in the 24th minute with his league-leading 15th goal. Buddle volleyed Michael Stephens' long midfield pass inside the left post from 16 yards.
The goal made Buddle the first player in MLS history to score 40 goals for two different teams. Buddle scored 42 for Columbus from 2002 through 2006.
Buddle also tied Roy Lassiter for seventh place in career scoring with 88 goals.
Gordon scored on an 11-yard header that goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts bobbled with both hands before deflecting the ball into the net in the 63rd minute.
The Galaxy played with 10 men after Lewis received a red card in the 77th minute.