Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
The Galaxy never gave up even as they were down 1-0 after the first leg of the series. Despite never beating the Earthquakes this season, L.A. did what they needed to do on the road.
With their playoff experience, the Galaxy knew that being down 1-0 wasn't too bad and that they just needed to get a win to stay alive.
The Earthquakes, on the other hand, had little experience in this kind of situation. They were unable to hold their lead, and even though Chris Wondolowski is one of MLS' greatest scorers, he looked frustrated and lost the entire game.
The "magic" that the Earthquakes had throughout the season couldn't save them. They did make a final push and cut L.A.'s aggregate goal lead to one, but it was too little too late.
The "Quakes" shouldn't have relied so much on parking the bus and hoping that their late-game magic would get them out of a hole if the Galaxy managed to score.
The scoreline doesn't even tell the whole story. The game could easily have been 5-1 or 6-1. The Galaxy had many easy chances to score on counters, but Christian Wilhelmsson just couldn't finish those chances.
All in all, the Galaxy showed us why they are one of the best and most veteran teams in MLS. They came back from being down and put on a clinic on how to do so.
They now have to face Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday in the Western Conference Finals. The game will be at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. It will be televised on ESPN at 6:00 PM PST.