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MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles at Seattle



(Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Seattle 0

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Edson Buddle's first-half goal handed the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field on Sunday in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals.

Buddle scored in the 38th minute on a long-range effort that caught Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller off guard, while the Los Angeles defense did well to keep hold of the lead in the second half, allowing just one shot on goal in the final 45 minutes.

The second leg will take place in Los Angeles on November 7.

Seattle almost got off to a dream start in the opening minute when Steve Zakuani had the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was called back for offsides.

Keller had to be alert to keep out a David Beckham free kick minutes later, while Los Angeles netminder Donovan Ricketts produced a great reaction stop on a close-range header from Fredy Montero.

The first half was fairly open, but the lone goal came from nothing as Buddle took down a long ball 35 yards from goal, turned with it, and lobbed his shot over the head of a surprised Keller and inside the far post.

The goal took the air out of the Qwest Field crowd, although Seattle's Nathan Sturgis nearly equalized in the 42nd minute when his free kick was saved at the bottom-right corner of the net.

Chances for both teams dried up a bit in the second half as the Galaxy chose to sit back and defend, leaving Seattle to try and beat them over the top with long balls.

The Galaxy defense stayed well organized, however, and the visitors nearly doubled their tally five minutes from time when Juninho worked a nice one-two with Mike Magee, took the return pass inside the area, and dragged his shot inches wide of the right post.

Seattle substitute Nate Jaqua had the only real chance for the Sounders in the second half in the 87th minute, but the best he could do was a tame low shot that Ricketts easily handled.

10/31 22:22:58 ET