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Sounders vs. Galaxy, 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs: LA heading back to MLS Cup after holding off Seattle

The Galaxy flirted with disaster, but managed to hold off the Sounders and advance to their second consecutive MLS Cup and third in the last four years.

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Galaxy hold off Sounders, heading back to MLS Cup

The Galaxy flirted with disaster, but managed to hold off the Sounders and advance to their second consecutive MLS Cup and third in the last four years.

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Eddie Johnson scores, brings Seattle within two

The Seattle Sounders' comeback is underway. They entered tonight's Western Conference final second leg trailing the LA Galaxy 3-0 on aggregate, but have pulled one goal backs after just 10 minutes and only trail by two with 80 minutes to play at home.

Eddie Johnson got the goal for Seattle, racing in behind Omar Gonzalez and finishing calmly to pull the Sounders within one. Gonzalez had just headed a ball away and had relaxed, but it was right to Zach Scott, who played Johnson in quickly. From there, it was all Johnson and Seattle was within two on aggregate.

Seattle could have had another goal if it wasn't for some poor refereeing. Moments before scoring, Johnson scored a goal, only to have it ruled offside. The problem is that replays showed Johnson was clearly onside and the Sounders were robbed of a goal.

The Sounders are back in this. There's still more work to be done, but it is a start and a quick one, too.

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Donovan, Juninho out for LA; No Rosales for SEA

The LA Galaxy are 90 minutes away from their second consecutive trip to MLS Cup, where they would host the Houston Dynamo in a rematch of last year's final. Those 90 minutes could be very tricky, though. They may be up 3-0 heading to the second leg, but that second leg is at CenturyLink Field, where 40,000+ fans will be there in supporter of the Seattle Sounders.

Oh yeah, the Galaxy will also be without Landon Donovan and Juninho. Two of the most important players on the team are not starting, bringing Edson Buddle and Marcelo Sarvas into the team. The good thing for LA is that at least Juninho is available off the bench. The same is not true for Donovan, who did not make the 18.

The Sounders aren't exactly in tip top shape either, with Mauro Rosales out again and Leo Gonzalez also missing. Without the two, especially Rosales, that 3-0 hole they are staring at looks a lot deeper, even if LA is also shorthanded. The good news for Seattle is that Eddie Johnson is back in the starting lineup, but he may be starved for his usual service without Rosales.

Seattle Sounders: Michael Gspurning; Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Jeff Parker, Adam Johansson; Steve Zakuani, Brad Evans, Ozvaldo Alonso, Christian Tiffert; Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson.

LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Todd Dunivant, Tommy Meyer, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin; Mike Magee, David Beckham, Marcelo Sarvas, Christian Wilhelmsson; Robbie Keane, Edson Buddle.

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