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November 7, 2012 11:00 PM EST
 
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San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 (2-3 on agg.) LA Galaxy: Reigning champs squeak by

The Galaxy secured a 3-1 away win to advance in the MLS playoffs to the Western Conference final while eliminating top seed and California rival San Jose.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy, MLS
Thearon W. Henderson
Before the match, the San Jose Earthquakes handed out "Never say die" headbands to accompany blue Steven Lenhart wigs, but on Wednesday the 'Quakes' playoff hopes died. The LA Galaxy overcame a home loss to win 3-1 in Buck Shaw Stadium and advance to the Western Conference final.

Robbie Keane scored an early double and Mike Magee added a killer just before the half to help the Galaxy overcome a one-goal deficit from the first leg in the last California Clasico of the season. Alan Gordon pulled one back for the home side.

Early in the match, Victor Bernardez, who scored the winner in Los Angeles on Sunday, sprained his right knee. Ike Opara, who hasn't started since Sept. 19, replaced him.

The substitution quickly hurt the Earthquakes. After 20 minutes, Opara failed to step up to Robbie Keane, who clanked a low shot in off the near post.

The top scorer of the regular season had a glaring chance to equalize five minutes later. Omar Gonzalez chested down a Marvin Chavez cross into traffic, and Chris Wondolowski, scorer of 27 this year, smashed an open chance over the bar.

The reining MLS Cup champion ruthlessly took advantage. With 10 minutes left in the half, Landon Donovan surged forward and slipped the ball through to Keane, whose run had lost Opara. The Irish striker juked Jon Busch and then rolled the ball into the open net.

Then, moments later, Mike Magee stuck the dagger in. Sean Franklin played in Donovan down the wing, and the American international centered. Magee one-timed his shot past Busch's grasping fingertips.

The Quakes made it interesting late late in the second half. Former LA forward Alan Gordon came on as a substitute and pulled one back in the 82nd minute with a scrappy volleyed finish.

However, the Galaxy held onto the lead and slid past the 'Quakes.

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San Jose Earthquakes

18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
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21
Jason Hernandez
Defender
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5
V. Bernárdez
Defender
4′ 12′
 - 
33
 - 
2
Justin Morrow
Defender
 - 
81
Marvin Chávez
Midfielder
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4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
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-
Rafael Baca
Midfielder
60′
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8
 - 
-
Simon Dawkins
Striker
 - 
16
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Los Angeles Galaxy

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12
Josh Saunders
Goalkeeper
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2
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5
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4
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21
Tommy Meyer
Defender
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32
David Beckham
Midfielder
17′ 76′
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19
Juninho
Midfielder
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9
Mike Magee
Midfielder
39′
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10
 - 
9
 - 
7

Substitutes

6
Shea Salinas
Midfielder
60′
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24
 - 
1
David Bingham
Goalkeeper
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3
Ike Opara
Defender
12′
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9
 - 
-
 - 
24
Jed Zayner
Defender
 - 

Substitutes

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1
Brian Perk
Goalkeeper
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-
Bryan Gaul
Defender
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27
 - 
-
 - 
9
 - 
8
 - 
33

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Chivas USA
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Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
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Seattle Sounders
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Colorado
4 3
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Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
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NY Red Bulls
4 1