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Played
November 1, 2012 10:55 PM EDT
Stubhub Center — Carson, California
Referee:‬ S. Petrescu‎
Attendance:‬ 14703‎
 
69′ Mike Magee
73′ (PG) Landon Donovan
 
90′ +3
And that's it. The Galaxy have eliminated the Vancouve Whitecaps 2-1 and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.
 
90′ +1
3 minutes of stoppage time here.
 
87′
Yellow Card Marcelo Sarvas
 
87′
Sarvas gets a yellow for clattering into Robson.
 
83′
Substitution Juninho Michael Stephens
 
81′
Narrow miss from Beckham from outside the area.
 
80′
Substitution Matthew Watson Dane Richards
 
80′
Watson out, Dane Richards on for the Whitecaps.
 
79′
Thorrington goes down in the box. No penalty.
 
75′
Robson goes down. Free kick for the Whitecaps on the right. Decent position here.
 
75′
Whitecaps assistant referee Paul Ritchie has been sent to the stands for dissent.
 
73′
Penalty Goal Landon Donovan
 
73′
Donovan converts the penalty. 2-1 Galaxy.
 
72′
Yellow Card Young-Pyo Lee
 
72′
Bonjour takes Donovan down. The American international sells it. Penalty and a yellow card for Bonjour.
 
71′
Yellow Card Martin Bonjour
 
71′
Robbie Keane with a clever flick, but his shot is weak and Knighton saves.
 
70′
Substitution Jay DeMerit Martin Bonjour
 
70′
DeMerit out, Bonjour in. Looks like Vancouver has lost its captain to injury.
 
69′
Goal Mike Magee
 
69′
Who else? Mike Magee levels it for the Galaxy with a well taken volley.
 
68′
Watson, Miller and Robson all have chances in quick successsion, but the Galaxy ride the storm.
 
67′
Beckham attempts a low half volley, but Knighton gets down well to make the save, before the 'Caps clear the danger.
 
65′
Beckham crosses into Buddle, and the big striker nods down well, but Knighton grabs the ball and holds on.
 
64′
Harvey leaves the field after getting struck by a Beckham attempted cross.
 
60′
Magee volleys well over after a scramble in the box.
 
59′
Substitution Darren Mattocks Kenny Miller
 
59′
Kenny Miller coming in for Mattocks here.
 
54′
Robson with a swerving effort. Saunders had difficulty but parried away in the end.
 
53′
Marcello in for Jimenez.
 
52′
Substitution Hector Jimenez Marcelo Sarvas
 
48′
Thorrington attempts a shot from well outside the box but comfortable enough in the end for the Galaxy 'keeper Saunders.
 
46′
Second half underway.
 
45′ +3
Whitecaps goes into the break with a 1-0 lead.
 
45′ +2
Poor clearance from Knighton off a corner but hits it right into a Galaxy player's hands. Free kick.
 
45′ +1
Knighton makes a fantastic diving save to preserve Vancouver's lead.
 
45′
Donovan goes down in the box after a foul from O'Brien. No penalty. Free kick for Galaxy at the edge of the area now.
 
43′
Yellow Card Juninho
 
43′
Yellow card for Juninho for handling the ball.
 
41′
Knighton manages to get a fist to Beckham's corner, and Dunivant fires well over from distance.
 
41′
Another Galaxy corner here as the home side piles on the pressure.
 
39′
Donovan sends a ball across goal but it hits a teammate and goes out for a goal kick.
 
39′
Galaxy corner coming here as O'Brien clears it after some pressure.
 
33′
Donovan heads a powerful header wide after a cross from Jimenez.
 
32′
Harvey on the ground here. Slow to get up but he's on his feet now.
 
28′
Robbie Keane turns well but ends up making a weak attempt on target which Knighton handles easily enough in the end.
 
28′
Galaxy dominating possession with 67 percent of the ball to Vancouver's 33.
 
26′
Thorrington has returned to the field here for the Whitecaps
 
25′
John Thorrington down after a challenge from Meyer. Awkward collision.
 
23′
Beckham takes down Darren Mattocks. Not happy with the ref's decision to to grant a free kick Vancouver's way.
 
19′
Gonzalez with a speculative effort that goes well wide to the left of Knighton's goal.
 
18′
Omar Gonzalez on the ground and Jimenez also in some difficulty. Both up now.
 
15′
Backs to the wall defending from Vancouver as Robbie Keane tries to force his way through. Strong last minute tackle from Lee to prevent the danger.
 
11′
Beckham sends in a long ball in that Vancouver struggles to deal with, but the play comes to nothing.
 
6′
Knighton parries away a stinging shot from Juninho.
 
4′
Great run from Matt Watson and a fantastic finish from Mattocks.
 
4′
GOAL!!! Darren Mattocks puts Vancouver ahead. 1-0.
 
3′
Goal Darren Mattocks
 
3′
Confetti swirling at the Home Depot Center.
 
2′
Magee sends a weak header wide after a cross from Jimenez.
 
1′
And we're off!
 
 
Darren Mattocks will be playing alone up front tonight, so it's going to be a very long night for the youngster. He led rookies with seven in the regular season but likely won't be getting much service tonight.
 
 
Beckham and Donovan were both listed as questionable, so the fact they're both good to play is a big boost for the Galaxy.
 
 
And the subs for the Whitecaps: Cannon, Miller, Bonjour, Richards, Davidson, Teibert, Camilo.
 
 
Now, the Whitecaps' starting XI: Knighton; Lee, DeMerit, O'Brien, Harvey; Watson, Thorrington, Rochat, Koffie; Robson; Mattocks.
 
 
Also available on RDS2 in French in Canada, and in the US on NBC Sports Network.
 
 
And a reminder, tonight's match is available on TSN in Canada, and TEAM 1040 radio.
 
 
Subs for the Galaxy: Villarreal, Stephens, Perk, Gaul, Boyens, Sarvas, McBean.
 
 
We'll start with the home side's lineups. Here's the Galaxy's starting XI: Saunders; Dunivant, Gonzalez, Meyer, Jimenez; Donovan, Juninho, Beckham, Magee; Keane, Buddle.
 
 
Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs, as the LA Galaxy host the Vancouver Whitecaps in a one-off knockout match.
 
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