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                  === San Jose stuns Galaxy with late goal ===
 
 Carson,  CA (Sports  Network) - The San  Jose Earthquakes have made a habit of
 scoring  late goals  this season, and that propensity for the dramatic carried
 over into the postseason on Sunday as Victor Bernardez scored in stoppage time
 to  give  the club a 1-0  win over the Los  Angeles Galaxy in the first leg of
 their Western Conference semifinal encounter.
 
 San  Jose  scored nine goals  in stoppage time  during the regular season, but
 Sunday's  game certainly appeared to be headed for a 0-0 draw after a cautious
 90 minutes.
 
 However, the 'Quakes made the most of a rare shot on goal deep into added time
 as  Bernardez fired  a free kick through  the Galaxy wall that managed to slip
 underneath  Los  Angeles goalkeeper  Josh  Saunders,  handing the  Supporters'
 Shield  winners a vital edge as the series shifts back to Buck Shaw Stadium on
 Wednesday night.
 
 San  Jose's intentions seemed  pretty clear from the start as the team got men
 behind the ball and defended well.
 
 Galaxy forward Robbie Keane was the most dangerous man on the field for either
 side  and  he nearly  opened the scoring  in the eighth  minute with a flicked
 header from David Beckham's free kick.
 
 The  Earthquakes  had  a  rare  opportunity in  the  80th  minute  when  Chris
 Wondolowski  curled  a shot wide, while  Keane came closest to finding the net
 four  minutes from time when Mike Magee dropped a ball off for the Irishman to
 crack on net from 25 yards.
 
 The shot beat goalkeeper Jon Busch, but it came back off the crossbar, and the
 game looked to be headed for a scoreless draw.
 
 When  the  Galaxy's Marcelo Sarvas fouled  Simon Dawkins 30 yards from goal it
 didn't  appear to  be a major threat, just  a chance for the visitors to get a
 few players forward.
 
 But  the L.A.  wall parted enough for  the shot from Bernardez to slip through
 and  find  the net,  leaving the defending  champions with some  work to do on
 Wednesday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/04 23:18:03 ET

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