The Seattle Sounders had an uphill battle in leg two of the MLS Western Conference Finals. The Los Angeles Galaxy had a 3-0 aggregate lead as the teams kicked off on a rainy Sunday night in the Pacific Northwest and would hold on in the end despite the absence of Landon Donovan. The result put the team that hosted the second league at 1-7. The 4-2 aggregate victory for LA set up a MLS Cup repeat from last year as they will host the Houston Dynamo on December 1. It will be the Galaxy’s 8th trip to the final.
On a night when Omar Gonzalez did not have a good game, Eddie Johnson was ready to feast. Johnson thought he had
opened the scoring early, but was called for offside. On replay it seemed to be the wrong call, but Johnson would beat Gonzalez on the ball minutes later to put the Sounders up 1-0. The Sounders were coming, but the Galaxy were able to settle down to get the match to half.
Zach Scott would make things really interesting by sending a Christian Tiffert corner far post on a diving header in the 57th minute. Seattle had pulled within one on aggregate, but the LA substitution on Juninho was key. He settled the game and brought more poise to the Galaxy side. Then a penalty call ended all momentum that Seattle had in the match.
Robbie Keane converted the penalty and the Galaxy would hold off the Sounders in the end. There will be two weeks to regroup before the MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center.