LA Galaxy reach MLS Cup final

The Brazilian scored a second-half volley to earn his team a fourth final berth in six years. An impressive Juninho volley dashed Seattle Sounders' hopes as LA Galaxy earned a win on away goals despite a 2-1 loss, returning to the league's showpiece for a record ninth time.

A pair of first-half goals briefly saw the Seattle Sounders go within a glimpse of a first-ever MLS Cup final, but it was not to be as Landon Donovan and Co. qualified to face New England Revolution.

Perhaps emboldened by their first-leg lead, the visitors started on the front foot. In the first 10 minutes, Robbie Keane offered Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei some hopeful attempts from distance before Frei was required to be alert for a flicked-on header at his near post.

Seattle soon struck back, with far more effectiveness. Sounders captain Brad Evans put his team ahead in the game and levelled the game on aggregate in the 26th minute.

Clint Dempsey played a short pass to Obafemi Martins at the top of the box and, although Martins was pulled down, Dempsey beat LA keeper Jaime Penedo to the loose ball, touched it past the Panamanian and shot from a tight angle. His effort hit Galaxy fullback Dan Gargan but Evans was unmarked in front of goal to apply the finish from close range.

The goal kick-started Seattle's engineroom. Dempsey almost put one in himself less than two minutes later, when his coolly-collected and powerfully-hit shot was cancelled out by the assistant referee's offside flag.

Seattle's second came in the 32nd minute. DeAndre Yedlin's cross hit Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and fell outside the box in front of Dempsey, who lashed a shot that took a slight deflection off of Gonzalez and Penedo did the rest, spilling the ball into the net when he should have made a comfortable save.

LA forced their way back into the game in the second half. A warning shot came when a last-ditch Zach Scott clearance prevented Stefan Ishizaki's cross from reaching awaiting Galaxy players in the middle. After the ensuing corner, LA wrested control back from the Sounders.

Donovan's corner bounced dangerously in the box and was flicked on by Gonzalez, allowing Juninho to pounce and strike on the volley. The Brazilian lined up a shot from beyond the area and knocked it in off the post to make it 2-2 on aggregate and give LA the vital away-goal advantage. 

Keane almost slammed the door shut on Seattle's hopes in the 65th minute. Playing an interchange with Donovan, the veteran striker sent his team-mate wide and made a far post run. When Donovan shook free of Yedlin and crossed, Keane was ready with the header. Only a desperate Frei save kept Sounders' in the clash.

Seattle pressed on late and more desperately as time ticked away. Substitute Andy Rose created the best chance, slicing a cross past Penedo from an incredibly tight angle in the 83rd minute, but no team-mate had made a run to meet it.

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