The LA Galaxy defeated the Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 in their 12th appearance in the MLS Western Conference Final. The two clubs now head up to Seattle where they will play the return leg of this double legged final next Sunday with the Sounders facing a tough task to get back in the series.
The Galaxy got two quick goals after the hour mark, just after Eddie Johnson came in for Fredy Montero, scoring at 64 minutes and 67 with attractive pass sequences. David Beckham was able to find Robbie Keane who made a long run freeing up Sean Franklin who sent in a great unchallenged cross that Mike Magee was able to knock in at the 64' mark. Three minutes later, Chippen saved a cross in the box then rolled it across Michael Gspurning for Robbie Keane to smash in.
"We played very well tonight against an excellent team," said Bruce Arena. "We're not foolish enough to think this thing is over. The game in Seattle on Sunday is going to be a real difficult game. We have to have our team ready to play."
After a tight first half, the LA Galaxy opened up the Sounders at the hour mark. The Sounders defense, which had been their calling card for the second half of the season, suddenly became porous and the Galaxy were able to string together beautiful pass sequences.
The Galaxy scored the opener just before the halftime whistle. Sean Franklin sent in a ball to Donovan (which Christian Wilhelmsson stepped over) then Donovan withstood the challenge from his marker. Almost at the end line, Donovan send a chip across the face of goal that Robbie Keane was able to head into the back of the net. Landon Donovan notched his twelfth playoff assist to go with his twenty playoff goals.
Juninho came out after halftime, though as of writing the cause was not known. Landon Donovan had to leave the match with cramps, replaced by the young Jose Villarreal. Edson Buddle was not available for selection. A.J. DeLaGarza is expected to train with the club in this week leading up to the match in Seattle.
LA is in a great position to move on MLS Cup, but anything can happen in this sport. Houston was able to get a 3-1 victory over D.C. United earlier, and should these results hold LA would be hosting it's second MLS Cup in two years. It's a prospect that has LA Galaxy fans salivating.