Galaxy reaches MLS Cup final against Dynamo
Mike Magee scored from a David Beckham pass in the 58th minute, and Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane also found the net as the Los Angeles Galaxy advanced to the Major League Soccer final with a 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference title match Sunday.
Los Angeles advanced to face the Houston Dynamo in Nov. 20 final at Carson, California, where the Galaxy haven't lost all year.
Andre Hainault and Carlo Costly scored in the second half to lead Houston over Sporting Kansas City 2-0 earlier Sunday in the Eastern Conference final.
Beckham will play in his first MLS title in the final game of his five-year contract with the Galaxy. His spectacular crossing pass set up Magee's third goal of the postseason for Los Angeles, which advanced to its record seventh MLS final.
Alvaro Saborio scored for Salt Lake, which beat Los Angeles in the 2009 MLS Cup.
Beckham left Thursday's playoff victory over New York with back spasms, but played well to extend his MLS tenure for at least two weeks. Beckham is in the midst of his best MLS season with rumors swirling about his future, but he served up yet another phenomenal scoring pass to Magee and several additional chances before leaving to a standing ovation from the crowd of 23,437 in injury time.
Donovan scored from a penalty in the 23rd minute after Andy Williams fouled Omar Gonzalez in the box, but Saborio equalized with a header 2 minutes later.
Keane, who bounced back swiftly from injury to return to his new club late last month, Keane made a stellar run in the 68th minute for the Irish striker's fourth goal in 10 matches with his new team.
Magee put the Galaxy ahead by bending down to head in the cross from Beckham, who connected with Magee for the third straight game. Just 10 minutes later, Keane beat Salt Lake's Jamison Olave and put the ball in the far corner of the net.
Jamaican defender Jermaine Taylor helped set up Hainault's 53rd-minute goal that gave Houston a 1-0 lead.
Costly's goal came in the 87th minute, with Sporting pushed forward in search of an equalizer. He took a long pass from Luiz Camargo, beat defender Aurelien Collin into open space, and slotted the ball past Nielsen from the top of the penalty area.
Houston midfielder Brad Davis is in doubt for the final after going down with an injured right quadriceps while challenging Graham Zusi for a ball in the 37th minute.