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10 November 4:01 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in six years on Sunday with their 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, but their opponent in that series remains a mystery.

LA will play the winner of the FC Dallas/Seattle Sounders FC series which will be decided on Monday at CenturyLink Field. Seattle need only a victory or a scoreless draw to advance while FC Dallas must defeat the Supporters’ Shield winners or earn a high scoring draw.

Both teams gave the Galaxy all they could handle in the regular season with LA winning the season series with Dallas 2-1-0 while splitting their three matches with Seattle 1-1-1. Given those records, is there a preference for the Galaxy as they seek to qualify for a third MLS Cup in four seasons?

Not at all.

“Between Seattle and Dallas, they gave us a lot of problems during the season so we’ll watch the game very closely tomorrow,” said hat trick hero Landon Donovan. “We’ll be sure to get proper rest this week and we’ll be ready to go.”

Even though the Galaxy had struggled results wise with a four game winless streak prior to their explosion on Sunday, LA believe their clicking at the right time as they look to their next opponent.

“I know that we haven’t had good results, but even against Seattle we had moments that were very good. We did break down at the end, but they sat back and defended against us in Seattle, which is weird,” said Robbie Rogers. “We’re confident in whomever we play be it Seattle or Dallas that we can compete.

“I think that anyone has to come into a stadium where the last team lost 5-0, they know it’s going to be difficult, but it is the playoffs so anyone can win.”

But Stefan Ishizaki, who shined in his start against Salt Lake, offered the tersest message to LA’s future opponents.

“Watch out.” 

10 November 3:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane has been hobbled with a hamstring strain for several weeks, but during the LA Galaxy’s 5-0 demolition of Real Salt Lake, you’d have no idea that the club’s dynamic Irishman was carrying a knock.

Keane scored his eighth postseason goal in just his 14th playoff appearance in the Galaxy victory while also adding three assists to bring his career total to six since joining LA in 2011. Even though Keane’s ability to exploit the spaces provided by the Salt Lake defense appeared unhindered, the Irishman admitted after the game that he was in less than stellar condition.

“Honestly, I felt awful before the game,” Keane said. “Bad back for the last two days. Bad hamstring. I wasn't feeling great until the game started moving.”

Once the whistle blew, Keane seemed fit as a fiddle as he assisted on two goals by Landon Donovan as well as Marcelo Sarvas’ lone tally to lift the Galaxy to a comfortable result over the visitors.

“We knew we had to get the first goal. In the first ten minutes, we knew we had to get the first goal. Once we got that, they opened up even more and we got the second one early as well. I think for them then the game was over,” said Keane. “They had to go for goal, so obviously there was a lot of space for us to counterattack and defend well. That's the reason we won the game. We showed intensity from the start to the finish.”

Even though Keane is carrying a number of knocks, there will be little time to rest for the Irishman who will join up with the Republic of Ireland for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Nov. 14 before playing the U.S. National Team four days later in London. 

Keane is scheduled to return to the Galaxy prior to their Western Conference Finals first leg against the winner of the Seattle Sounders FC/FC Dallas series.

10 November 9:30 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy booked their ticket to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in six years on Sunday with a 5-0 trouncing of Real Salt Lake in their Western Conference Semifinal second leg. 

LA will play the winner of Monday night's match between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. The match will take place at 7:30 p.m. PT and will air on NBCSN. 

Before you pay any attention to that one, however, relive the Galaxy victory through the stunningly awesome photos from the Mora Photography crew.

Check them out below.

09 November 9:24 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- On Sunday, Landon Donovan became the third player in MLS history to notch a hat trick in the MLS Cup Playoffs as the LA Galaxy crushed Real Salt Lake 5-0 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. 

As stellar as Donovan's showing was, viewing the performance through the lens of LAGalaxy.com's Albert Lanzillo is sure to provide a few goosebumps. 

Check it out above. 

09 November 7:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media following his team's 5-0 Western Conference Semifinal second leg victory over Real Salt Lake.

(On tonight's performance...)
 
ARENA: We played well. We had a good week of training. Our expectations were that we are going win this game. Obviously, the result is a little surprising, but I totally anticipated that we would win this game. 
 
(On Landon Donovan retiring...)
 
ARENA: I think it’s the right time for him to retire. He’s ready to go. He’s given it everything he has. He wants to finish this year on a high note and then get on with other things in his life. 
 
(On the Western Conference championship...)
 
ARENA: I think whoever we are playing in the next games—they are going to be pretty defensive. We know that and we just need to play better. We need to be sharper on the ball. Do a better job opening teams up. We have to continue to move forward.
 
(On Leonardo’s play...)
 
ARENA: Leonardo has played very well for us. He makes a good combination with Omar [Gonzalez] and AJ plays very well on the right side of the field. I thought the timing was right to try that group in the back.
 
(On the rationale behind playing Stefan Ishizaki...)
 
ARENA: Weeks ago, when this whole series was established I knew I was going to play [Ishizaki] in the second game. 
 
(On the team’s performance in their 5-0 win...)
 
ARENA: We played well .We had three goals out of the midfield out of [Marcelo] Sarvas and Landon. Defensively we were pretty solid. I think they had one really quality chance off that corner kick. I don’t think there were too many out of the run of play. The entire team defended well on the night.