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                 === San Jose ousted at home by Los Angeles ===
 
 Santa  Clara,  CA (Sports Network) -  The San Jose Earthquakes' magical season
 has come to a premature end.
 
 The  Supporters'  Shield  winners  were  ousted from  MLS  Cup  contention  on
 Wednesday,  falling to the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium and 3-2
 on aggregate.
 
 The reigning champions were led by a two-goal performance from Robbie Keane.
 
 Landon  Donovan  had a  two-assist outing,  but it was  Mike Magee's goal that
 turned  out  to be the  series-clincher after Alan Gordon  went on to pull one
 back for the 'Quakes.
 
 San  Jose  was dealt an early  blow when defender Victor Bernardez, who bagged
 the lone goal in the first leg, needed to be substituted through injury.
 
 Ike  Opara entered the match in the 12th minute and Los Angeles took advantage
 of the retooled backline by scoring nine minutes later.
 
 Keane  was  afforded time  and space through  the center of  the pitch and the
 Republic  of  Ireland international  striker  made  the 'Quakes  defense  pay,
 hammering  a low shot  off the inside of Jon Busch's post and into the back of
 the net.
 
 The  Galaxy doubled their lead on the night through a brilliant counter attack
 in the 34th minute.
 
 Tommy  Meyer's long  ball  found  Donovan on  the  right  flank. The  American
 international  took the space in front of him before he and Keane connected on
 with  a  perfectly-timed run and  a perfectly-weighted pass. The Irishman took
 one  touch to get around Busch and slipped a simple shot into the empty net to
 give the defending champions a one-goal aggregate lead.
 
 San  Jose  was left reeling  five minutes later  when Los Angeles extended its
 advantage.  Sean  Franklin  released  Donovan in  space  following  some  fine
 combination  play  on the right touchline  and the Galaxy captain delivered an
 inch-perfect ball for Magee to hammer past Busch with a one-time shot.
 
 Marvin  Chavez came within  inches of pulling one back before the close of the
 first  half, but  his free kick in  the 42nd minute struck the post before the
 Galaxy cleared their lines.
 
 San  Jose lacked urgency throughout the second half, but the club was woken up
 when Justin Morrow's shot was guided into the back of the net by Gordon in the
 82nd minute.
 
 With  the 'Quakes  needing just one goal  to send the tie into extra time, the
 Galaxy  struggled to  keep possession. They nearly paid for their carelessness
 when  Chris Wondolowski played Opara through on goal in stoppage time, but the
 defender  made a  hash of the chance  and sent his shot over the crossbar with
 just Josh Saunders to beat.
 
 Los  Angeles  closed out the match  to advance to the Western Conference final
 where it will face either Seattle Sounders FC or Real Salt Lake.
 
 
 
 
 11/08 01:37:00 ET

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