Moving on after their 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps last week in the MLS Western Conference Knockout Round, the L.A. Galaxy looked ready yesterday to face the San Jose Earthquakes in game one of a two game series.
KVCR’s Rick Dulock was there
It was a sellout crowd at Home Depot Center in Carson last night. Adorned in Herbalife/Galaxy jerseys and waving team scarves, the L.A. fans filled the seats for the 6:00 PM match.
By the 8th minute, L.A. was dominating play and maintained control through most of the night.
The closest non-goal try of the game came when Galaxy forward Robbie Keane drilled one into the crossbar in the 85th minute of regulation, barely missing.
After 90 minutes with no score, both teams frantically pressed forward hoping for a stoppage time goal in the 5 minutes added by the referee.
Finally, in the 4th minute of stoppage time, following a Galaxy foul and one minute before the final whistle would blow, Earthquake defender Victor Bernandez took a free kick and found a hole on the Galaxy wall to score the only goal of the match.
The second and final game of the Western Conference semifinals will take place Wednesday, November 7th at Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose. If the Galaxy can win the match by two goals, they move on in the playoffs. In the case of a draw or a San Jose victory in the next game, its over until next year for L.A.