November 4, 2012
Dynamo, Quakes take semifinal openers
HOUSTON DYNAMO 2, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0
|Victor Bernardez was the stoppage-time hero as the San Jose Earthquakes edged the LA Galaxy 1-0 in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series Sunday at the Home Depot Center.
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HOUSTON—The Houston Dynamo kept their perfect record at BBVA Compass Stadium intact with Sunday’s 2-0 win over top-seeded Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Will Bruin got the assist on Adam Moffat’s first goal, a spectacular 40-yarder past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen in the 18th minute, and capped the scoring with a short-range shot in the 75th, his third goal of the young postseason.
Those were the Dynamo’s only two shots on goal.
Calen Carr did the heavy lifting on Bruin’s strike, leaving defender Chance Myers flat-footed down the left side, taking the ball deep then cutting it back through defenders Matt Besler and Julio Cesar for the unmarked Bruin to put away from nine yards.
CJ Sapong got off Sporting’s lone shot on target, taking the ball to near the left end line, then bringing it back and getting off an angled shot at goalkeeper Tally Hall in the 34th minute.
The series concludes Wednesday night at Livestrong Sporting Park.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1, LA GALAXY 0
CARSON, Calif.--Yogi Berra might never have heard of the San Jose Earthquakes, but he could have had them in mind when he said “it ain’t over till it’s over.” The LA Galaxy learned that lesson the hard way on Sunday night, when Victor Bernardez snuck a stoppage-time free kick through the wall and under goalkeeper Josh Saunders to give the Quakes a 1-0 win at the Home Depot Center and set the fourth-seeded Galaxy on their heels heading into Wednesday’s second leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinals.
Bernardez’s low 35-yard blast hit paydirt thanks to a pair of Galaxy errors. Defender Omar Gonzalez moved, opening up just enough space in the wall, and Saunders got down a fraction of a second too late to handle the ball cleanly. The ball squibbed under Saunders’ arm and rolled with agonizing slowness over the line just inside the right post.
The Galaxy had their chances, but rarely tested Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch. Robbie Keane came closest, with an 85th-minute shot that had Busch beaten, but hit the crossbar near the upper left corner.
The two-leg series goes to Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday, where the Quakes have not lost all season. Their only home loss this year came at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
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