David Beckham helped LA Galaxy to a second consecutive MLS Cup final last night, as his side overcome heavy Seattle Sounders pressure to win their Western Conference final 4-2 on aggregate.
Going into the second leg with a 3-0 advantage from last weekend’s clash at The Home Depot Centre, Bruce Arena’s team found things extremelly difficult at CenturyLink Field.
Eddie Johnson – formerly of Fulham – had a goal disallowed early for offside, but made no mistake minutes later when he outmuscled Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and fired home.
Roared on by 44,575 fans, the Sounders seriously threatened to spoil the party for Beckham & Co when Zach Johnson’s diving header found the corner of the net on 57 minutes.
One more goal for the hosts would have forced the game into extra-time, but referee Mark Geiger had other ideas, awarding a controversial penalty kick when Robbie Keane’s hopeful cross struck the arm of defender Adam Johansson.
Wearing the armband in place of the injured Landon Donovan, the Republic of Ireland international calmly slotted home past the keeper.
The 68th minute goal effectively ended Seattle’s chances of progressing, and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was sent-off after the match for his vigorous protests towards the referee.
"Seattle are a good team, certainly the better team today, but it’s about getting to the final and we did that," said Keane post-match.
Beckham and his side will now face the Houston Dynamo in a repeat of last year’s final, after they beat DC United 4-2 on aggregate.
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