Galaxy eliminate Sounders 2-1

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — David Beckham set up goals by
Edson Buddle with a corner kick and Omar Gonzalez with a free kick in
an 8-minute span of the first half to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a
2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer’s Western
Conference semifinal Sunday night.

Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts
made three saves for the Galaxy, who will play host to FC Dallas after
winning the two-game series against Seattle 3-1.

Steve Zakuani scored for Seattle Sounders FC to break a playoff goalless streak of 386 minutes over two years.

Buddle
scored his second goal of the playoffs in the 19th minute. He escaped
defender Tyrone Marshall’s grasp to head Beckham’s corner kick inside
the left post from eight yards.

Gonzalez made it 2-0 in the 27th
minute. After Beckham took a 32-yard free kick, Gonzalez dived to head
the ball inside the left post from seven yards.

Zakuani ended the scoring with a 7-yard shot in the 86th minute.

Ricketts
kept Sounders FC from scoring in the 32nd minute by deflecting Osvaldo
Alonzo’s 29-yard line drive with both palms past Seattle’s Zakuani and
Blaise Nkufo.

Then in the 67th minute, a sliding Ricketts used
his chest to block Zakuani’s point-blank shot at the edge of the 6-yard
goalkeeper’s crease.

Updated November 7, 2010