[MLS PLAYOFFS: Real Salt Lake-LA Galaxy]The LA Galaxy's run as MLS champion is over. There won't be a record third straight MLS Cup title. There won't be a record sixth straight Western Conference final appearance. Real Salt Lake disposed of the Galaxy, 2-0, in overtime to move into the Western Conference final with a 2-1 aggregate victory.
After going ahead on Sebastian Velasquez's goal in the 35th minute, RSL had plenty of chances to win in the second half -- two shots off the woodwork, a goal controversially disallowed -- before giant Chris Schuler scored in overtime to break the series tie late in the first overtime period.
The Galaxy had a late chance, but RSL goalie Nick Rimando took a ball off his face to stop Juninho's fierce shot that the wind carried and bounced in front of him.
On both goals, the Galaxy defense was caught napping -- a problem all season and it contributed to its exit before the conference finals for the first time in Bruce Arena's five full seasons in charge.
To even his surprise, the 5-foot-5 Velasquez found himself open for a header that he put past LA keeper Jaime Penedo.
The second goal came when Javier Morales' free kick sailed in the wind over the line of Galaxy defenders to Schuler, who was free at the far post to blast past Penedo.
The goal was a just reward for Schuler, who had an excellent game but was whistled for a foul on Omar Gonzalez that negated what would have been a winning goal by Morales on another free kick late in regulation.
Nov. 7 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake 2LA Galaxy 0 (OT).Goals: Velasquez (Wingert) 35, Schuler (Morales) 102.
Real Salt Lake --Rimando, Beltran, Borchers, Schuler, Wingert, Velasquez (Stephenson 91), Gil, Beckerman, Morales (Grossman 106), Saborio, Findley (Garcia 77).
LA Galaxy --Penedo, Opare (Villarreal 106), Gonzalez, Dunivant, Franklin, Sarvas (Courtois 112), Juninho, Rogers (DeLaGarza 76), Zardes, Keane, Donovan.
Yellow Cards:Real Salt Lake -- Saborio 69, Stephenson 97.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo.