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LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders, 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs: LA pummels Seattle 3-0 in 1st leg

The Sounders had no answer for the Galaxy, who cruised to a dominating 3-0 win at home in the first leg of the Western Conference final.

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Keane nets 2 as LA crushes Seattle 3-0 in 1st leg

Robbie Keane scored twice and Mike Magee added another as the Galaxy crushed the Sounders 3-0 in the first leg of the Western Conference final.


Magee, Keane score to make it 3-0 Galaxy rout

The LA Galaxy have turned what was a close first leg of the Western Conference final into a laugher. Robbie Keane scored just before halftime and now Mike Magee has added a goal and Keane has added his second to stretch the Galaxy lead over the Seattle Sounders to 3-0.

The two goals after halftime have been gorgeous ad the Galaxy's constant pressure is an exhibition in the versatility of their attack. With so many runs coming from deep and the constant interchange, as well as the threat of the direct play that David Beckham brings, it is tough to mark all of the players.

Magee's goal came on a perfect counterattack, with LA breaking quickly through the middle. Keane broke down the middle and fed Sean Franklin, who was in behind the defense. Franklin then hit it across with his first touch for Magee, who made no mistake with his finish to give the Galaxy a 2-0 lead.

Not long after Donovan was free down the left. He cut in and ripped a shot that was blocked, but right into the path of Christian Wilhelmsson. The Swede settled it with his chest and then poked it past Michael Gspurning. The ball looked goal bound, but Keane got there to make sure it would definitely go in, tapping it across the line for the Galaxy's third goal.


Donovan to Keane puts Galaxy up 1-0 at half

The Seattle Sounders looked like they would make it to halftime still scoreless with the LA Galaxy, but the Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan connection did them in just before the break. Donovan got on the end of a ball in the box, dribbled to the end line then chipped all the way across to the far post, where Keane was waiting to head home for the 1-0 lead.

The goal makes things tough on Seattle, who would probably like to make a run at leveling this match, but are playing without the injured Mauro Rosales and Eddie Johnson. Johnson is available on the bench and Sigi Schmid did say that he was getting close to 100%, but he isn't there yet.

Without Rosales and Johnson, the Sounders haven't managed much of anything that resembles an attack. Fredy Montero is all alone up top and without any support, he has looked clueless on the ball. He looks for help every time he gets it, but it is rarely there for him and the Seattle attack stalls as a result.

Meanwhile, LA has had no problem getting into the attack, even if clear cut chances at goal have been tough to come by. The Galaxy have terrorized the Sounders' left, running down and getting free space to attack from down the flank almost at will. It was that side that led to the goal, too, with Sean Franklin crossing from the Galaxy's right, Christian Wilhelmsson dummying, and eventually Donovan finding Keane.


Sounders, Galaxy have surprises in lineups

Bruce Arena opts for Christian Wilhelmsson over Marcelo Sarvas, while Sigi Schmid gives Alex Caskey a rare start and puts Christian Tiffert at forward.

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