BY ADAM SERRANO
Theres only one ticket left to be punched for Toronto and MLS Cup.
The Los Angeles Galaxy take on FC Dallas in the Western Conference Final with the right to play the Colorado Rapids on the line. The Galaxy are looking to make it to back to the Cup Final for the second year in a row, but once more a team from the Lone Star State stands in their way. FC Dallas is seeking their first berth in the Final and led by their MVP candidate, David Ferreira, FCD is alegitimatecontender to knock off LA.
I will be providing commentary throughout the match, live from Home Depot Center so please feel free to follow along here. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):
FINAL Total team effort by Dallas tonight. They were buzzing around the field and deserved the result. What a performance by FCD to earn the Western Conference Trophy. For those followingalong at home. Hyndman has his Butter Leather jacket back on. Credit to the players like McCarthy, Ferreira, who all did the extra mile to give Dallas a victory. Thats all from me tonight. Thank you for following along with LA based coverage this year. This is Adam Serrano.
More on this match later. The final is FC Dallas 3 LA Galaxy 0
FINAL – THATS IT! FC DALLAS 3 LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0. FC Dallas is going to MLS Cup to face the Colorado Rapids!
93rd Minute Hartman with a great save on a Beckham free kick. Remember when Ricketts won GK of the Year? Yeah, I dont either
90th Minute Silence is deafing here, only the Angel City Brigade is keeping up the noise level. LA seems content to just play out the clock. Two minutes of stoppage.
88th Minute McCarthy comes out for Alexander. In a way he was my MVP of the night a dominant performance that I can best describe as buzzing, who was your MVP of the night?
86th Minute Lost in the malaise of the defeat was Eddie Lewis being pulled for Kirovski. The end of a great career, but not enough in the tank tonight. What was your favorite Lewis memory?
85th Minute Yellow cards beginning to fly from the Galaxy. Hyndmantryingto get off as many players as possible now. Arena wants to make sure that they chip FC Dallas as much as possible.
76th Minute – The Galaxy have their axes out now and are looking to hack out Dallas in the worse way possible. Expect a Red card to come soon.
73rd Minute GOAL DALLAS!!!! Good Night Los Angeles. 3-0 with Marvin Chavez with the goal, but Harris was offside. What was a great season for Los Angeles is about to end in flames.
72nd Minute Buddle on the sidelines receiving treatment and LA continuing to fail with the final touch.
69TH Minute – la earns a corner. Buddlegetspushed to thegroundand is down. He seemed to have gotten hit on that play. No luck from Buddle today as his headers are just off.
66th Minute – Another move that comes a bit late. Birchall enters for Kovalenko. The Galaxy are hoping that he displays somestrengthgoing forward, but right now hes been outmanned by McCarthy, who is just ALL over the place.
64th Minute – LA beginningto run out of options. Beckhams crosses which were on target last week are just not there for the Galaxy right now.
61st Minute – LA starting to put some more pressure in the Dallas end. Jovan Kirovski on the bench warming up. Looks like hell be coming in soon. Chavez on the break, but MISSES Harris. LA dodges a bullet.
58th Minute – LA fans attempting to will the Galaxy back into the match. BTW Magee was removed for Cazumba. About 5 minutes too late for Bruce Arena.
56th Minute – Shea with the ball played wide by Ihemelu. Shea sends in a GREAT pass to John that skirts past the LA defense for John to easily put in the back of the net. Dallas up 2-0! On the other end Donovan nearly cuts the lead in LA. LA needs a goal in the next few minutes.
55th Minute GOAL!!! GEORGE JOHN!!!!!!
52th Minute WOW! What was Magee doing.Was Benitez offside there? Because that was just a baffling decision.
50th Minute – Hartman and Magee collide as the Galaxy subs get up along the sideline. Birchall, Stephens and Kirovski appearing to work the hardest.
49th Minute -LA earn a corner, but Dallas takes it away with a foul. Harris NEARLY gets behind the defense, but no luck. This one is getting tense.
46th Minute – Franklin goes down after hitting heads with Ferreira. Both men shake off the cobwebs and play on.
46th Minute – No Birchall at the half as both teams stay the same. Five minutes to save the World by JT playing on the loudspeakers as we kick off. More like 45 minutes to save the Galaxys season. Were off.
HALFTIME – Looking at LAs bench. Who do you bring in for a sub? Birchall, Stephens and Kirovski are the only options off the bench. Last year, the Galaxy were brought down for not having a second scoring option and this year
45th Minute Hartman wraps up a chance by Lewis. Hes incredibly motivated tonight and the whistle blows. FC Dallas up 1-0 at the half.
45th Minute LA tries to strike back on the counter, but chooses to settle. Not the best service into the box from the Galaxy so far. One minute of stoppage.
44th Minute – Dallas earns a corner. Ferreira will stroll to the corner flag.
39th Minute Let me hear from you. Should Marrufo be a bit more generous with the cards in this match or is he calling a good game by letting them play?
39th Minute Could have easily been a second yellow for Kovalenko after bringing down Ferreira. There will be a red tonight.
37th Minute LA is starting to press just a bit. Theyre looking for that goal before the half, but FCDs defense is putting in a great display. Rough stuff as Marrufo allows Donovan to be brought down. This is playoff soccer folks.
32nd Minute YELLOW CARD – Kovalenko brings down Chavez and picks up a yellow card. That will severely limit his physical game. Or not knowing Dema.
31th Minute JUST WIDE!! Donovan beats Hartman but he gets a finger tip on it. LA corner
28th Minute Harris plays the ball to Chavez who hits Ferreira with a beautiful pass. The Colombian confidently puts the ball in the back of the net and gives Dallas a 1-0 lead. Strap your seatbelts in folks its about to get real.
26th Minute – GOAL!!! DAVID FERREIRA!!!!
25th Minute JUST OVER THE BAR! Juninho fires a shot that just misses the top of Hartmans net. LA wants that first goal and they want it bad.
24th Minute SAVE!!! Hartman comes up big again after Beckhams free kick bounces into the box. What a save. LA loses possession and Hernandez will take the goal kick for Hartman.
21st Minute SAVE!!! Hartman with a cracker of a save on a Juninho LASER. LA with the corner kick, but Dallas clears and gains possession.
20th Minute Both clubs seemingly feeling each other out right now. LA with the lionshare of possession, but not much to show for it.
17th Minute Juninho brings down Dax with a little bit of the rough stuff to give FCD a free kick at the edge. Little in the ways of attack from Dallas so far, but their counter is too dangerous for LA to neglect
14th Minute – LA Reject being sung to Hartman. Thats pretty surprising. Perhaps theyre singing it to Ugo.
12th Minute -Ihemelu THROWS Beckham to the turf in the box, but no call. High paced and highly physical right now expect some cards in this match.
10th Minute – Wow. Incredible sequence with both teams playing back and forth missing some clear chances. A Press box colleague just screamed out so its gonna be that kind of game. LA earns a throw in after Donovan gets into with Jackson. A lot of fire right now.
8th minute SAVE!!!!! MAGEE with a chance that Hartman saves. Jackson with a foul on Beckham for a free kick. LA knocking on the door.
5th Minute – A bit surprising that Hyndman left the butter leather jacket at home tonight. For some that has to be a bigger surprise than having Cunningham on the bench. This must be the lucky jacket that we heard of last week. What do you think?
3rd Minute Inswinger is cleared by Dallas and FCD will go on the attack. Something that I do not expect to say very often tonight with this line-up.
2nd Minute – LA earns the corner, Beckham to take the chance.
1st Minute – And.Here.We.Go! Penultimate MLS match of the season. LA vs. FCD.
PREGAME: The key players tonight for me are as follows: For FCD: Kevin Hartman, David F erreira and Atiba Harris and for LA: Donovan Ricketts, Dema Kovalenko and Landon Donovan. These three will have a major impact on this match.
PREGAME: Miss LA Galaxy is leading the team s out the tunnel with the Western Conference Trophy in tow.
PREGAME: Apologies for the delay in the Commentary. HDC internet is spotty and lets hope that it doesnt give too much trouble tonight.
PREGAME: If youre following along tonight, let me hear from you. Where are you coming from and who are you supporting.
PREGAME: Good atmosphere so far. Expect a capacity crowd at the HDC.
PREGAME: Big surprise is that Jeff Cunningham is on the bench for FCD. Looks like Dallas will plan to pack the back and hit LA on the counter.
PREGAME: Here are the line ups:
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