[MLS PLAYOFFS: Los Angeles-Vancouver] The defending champion Los Angeles came back after falling behind in the 3rd minute to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1,
with second-half goals from Mike Magee and Landon Donovan and move into the Western Conference semifinals against the
San Jose Earthquakes.
Matt Watson blew past stand-in right back Hector Jimenez and found Jamaican rookie Darren Mattocks for the first goal in the 3rd minute.
The Galaxy, which finished with a 23-9 edge in shots, piled on the pressure but could not beat Brad Knighton until Mike Magee, last season's playoff star, scored on a volley in the 69th minute. Four minutes later, the Galaxy was awarded a penalty that Donovan converted for the winner.
Nov. 1 in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles 2 Vancouver 1. Goals: Magee (Juninho, Beckham) 69, Donovan (pen.) 73; Mattocks (Watson) 3.
Los Angeles -- Saunders, Jimenez (Sarvas, 53), Gonzalez, Meyer, Dunivant, Juninho (Stephens, 84), Beckham, Donovan, Magee, Buddle, Keane.
Vancouver -- Knighton, Lee, O'Brien, DeMerit (Bonjour, 71), Rochat, Harvey, Thorrington, Robson, Watson (Richards, 81), Koffie, Mattocks (Miller, 60).
Referee: Silviu Petrescu.
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