[MLS PLAYOFFS: Los Angeles-Real Salt Lake]
The two-time LA Galaxy got a goal from Sean Franklin
at the start of the second
half and it held up for a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series. Robbie Keane
had open shots on
goal in both halves but could not beat RSL keeper Nick Rimando
. Keane hit his shot straight at Rimando in the 19th minute and fired wide in the 85th minute
after breaking in from the right side.
Franklin broke the deadline in the 48th minute when he ran on to Keane's errant pass and fired a shot from outside the area that gave Rimando no
chance to the near post.
Playing a 4-5-1 with a packed midfield, RSL did a good job of quieting the Galaxy's chances on the counter and limited it to 12 shots.
chance after the Galaxy scored came when Luis Gil
chipped the ball from the right side into the six-yard box but sub Devon
could not connect. Nov. 3 in Carson, Calif.
LA Galaxy 1 Real Salt Lake 0.
Goal: Franklin (Keane) 48.
Real Salt Lake --
Rimando, Beltran, Borchers, Schuler, Wingert, Alvarez (Findley 58), Gil, Beckerman, Grabavoy (Velasquez 62), Morales, Saborio (Sandoval
80). LA Galaxy --
Penedo, Opare, Gonzalez, Dunivant, Franklin, Sarvas (R.Garcia 90), Juninho (DeLaGarza, 90), Rogers (Jimenez, 62), Zardes, Keane,
Donovan. Yellow Cards:
LA Galaxy -- Juninho 28, R.Garcia 84; Real Salt Lake -- Beckerman 23.