KRIS LINDSAY - Monday, December 1, 2014
The Los Angeles Galaxy booked their spot in the MLS Cup Final Sunday night, falling 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders but advancing courtesy of an away goal.
The Sounders looked to be booking their ticket after taking a 2-0 advantage into halftime, but a volley just after the half by Galaxy midfielder Juninho was the decisive goal to put the away side through.
Seattle midfielder Brad Evans began the scoring in the 26th minute, putting away a deflected shot from Clint Dempsey that seemed to die for Evans just in front of goal.
The fans at Century Link Field exploded just moments later in the 34th minute, when Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo fumbled away a Dempsey strike that eventually found it's way into the back of the net.
The Galaxy weren't finished. Just minutes after the break, Juninho one-timed a deflection from a corner, and slid it past Sounders keeper Stefan Frei, banging it in off the inside of the post. The screamer gave the Galaxy the precious away goal that if needed, requiring the Sounders to come up with another goal.
The goal never came, partly thanks to some well timed keeping from Jaime Penedo late on in the match.
Seattle finishes the season as US Open Cup winners and the Supporters Shield winners, although missing their shot at the elusive triple-crown will sting throughout the short off-season.
The Galaxy will face off against the New England Revolution next Sunday in a one game, winner-takes-all contest for the title in Los Angeles.