Galaxy advance to Western Conference Championship
CARSON, Calif. –had two early assists and the staved off a late but furious rally by the to win 2-1 at The Home Depot Center on Sunday night.
The win sent the Galaxy through to the Western Conference Championship with a
3-1 aggregate victory. They will host on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m./9 p.m. ET
the Galaxy a comfortable lead. scored a goal four minutes from
time for Seattle’s only tally of the series.
Los Angeles' 1-0 victory a week ago at Qwest Field allowed the team
to sit back in a defensive posture from the start and, once again,
Seattle did little to get past the Galaxy’s well-positioned backline.
Beckham picked up a yellow card in the eighth minute for a studs-up
tackle on Seattle’s , but the match was not as
physical as the first leg was.
In the 19th minute, the Galaxy won a corner kick – one of their four
first-half corners – and Beckham found Buddle in the middle of the box.
Buddle buried his header past and the Galaxy held a firm 2-0
Eight minutes later, Beckham again showed his touch. The LA
midfielder found Gonzalez unmarked in the 27th minute on a free kick
from the left and the Galaxy took a commanding and seemingly
insurmountable 3-0 aggregate lead.
Seattle tried to counter but were unable to threaten much until late
in the game.
A series of substitutions helped the Sounders send numbers en masse
into the Galaxy penalty area and their persistence paid off in the 86th
minute. Zakuani slipped into the box and fired a shot past Galaxy
about eight yards out. The goal was Seattle’s first-ever in the
Just three minutes later,
corner kick ball onto , but the tall Seattle forward failed
to find the goal.
In the end, the Sounders' deficit was far too much to overcome in a
such a short amount of time.
Seattle’s season ended once again in the first round of the playoffs
while the Galaxy will host the Western Conference Final for the second
The Galaxy face FC Dallas in the Western Conference Championship on Sunday, November 14 at 6 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. Tickets are available as low as $20! BUY TICKETS
LA -- Edson Buddle 2 (David Beckham 1) 19
LA -- Omar Gonzalez 1 (David Beckham 2) 27
SEA -- Steve Zakuani 1 (Nate Jaqua 1) 86
LA -- David Beckham (caution; Reckless Tackle) 8
Tactical Foul) 65
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller,
(Nate Jaqua 77), , (Alvaro Fernandez 46), , ( 64), Steve
Zakuani, Fredy Montero, Blaise Nkufo.
Substitutes Not Used:
, , , .
Los Angeles Galaxy -- Donovan Ricketts,
Buddle ( 71), ( 80).
Used: , , , .
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistants: C.J. Morgante; Craig Lowry
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 66 degrees