The Galaxy weathered two power outages, a disallowed goal by Andrew Hainault, and a dominant Dynamo display in the second half to score two extra time goals.
Landon Donovan becomes the MLS all time leader in goals scored as he converted the penalty after Alan Gordon was brought down by Ricardo Clark in the box. David Beckham set up the first goal with his curling fee kick and in the ensuing melee in front of the Dynamo goal, the ball came loose to Gregg Berhalter, who tapped the ball home. Congratulations to the Galaxy to make it to the finals after failing to make the playoffs three years in a row.
But the Dynamo had some great chances and Donovan Ricketts had to look very sharp against Brian Ching and Brad Evans. On replay, Andrew Hainault’s goal looked legitimate and it was Ching who got pushed down by AJ DeLaGarza.
And yes, there are questions as to why it is not a two legged conference finals.
Today, the Eastern Conference finals begin with RSL meeting the Fire. For MLS fans, a Fire vs Galaxy finals would be a mouth watering prospect with Blanco and Beckham go head to head in a battle of the heavweights.