Gal­axy, Im­pact get 1-0 home wins to open two-leg series

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CAR­SON, CALIF. » Gio­vani dos San­tos scored his first ca­reer play­off goal in the 55th minute and the Los An­ge­les Gal­axy beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Sun­day in Game 1 of the two-leg West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal series.

Los An­ge­les (13-6-16) had its 10th shutout of the sea­son. Colorado (15-7-13) will host the se­cond leg of the semi­fi­nal next Sun­day.

Jelle Van Damme keyed the goal when he cut back his de­fender at the edge of the box and found Dos San­tos at the penalty spot. Dos San­tos headed it down and it de­flected off the head of de­fender Daniel Steres.

Tim Howard made sev­eral qual­ity saves in the first half for Colorado. He guarded the near post on Alan Gor­don’s open header in the 17th minute and got a hand on Se­bas­tian Llet­get’s break­away op­por­tu­nity in the 22nd. SEAT­TLE 3, FC DAL­LAS 0 » Ni­co­las Lodeiro scored twice and Nel­son Valdez added a goal — all in an 8-minute span early in the se­cond half— and the Sounders rolled past FC Dal­las in the first leg of the MLS West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals.

Dal­las, win­ner of the Sup­port­ers Shield with the best reg­u­larsea­son record, now must score at least three times when the teams play the se­cond leg in Texas next Sun­day to keep its sea­son alive.

Valdez, whose 88th-minute goal beat Sport­ing Kansas City in a knock­out game Thurs­day, put Seat­tle on the board in the 50th minute. Jo­evin Jones crossed a tar­get ball from the left side into the penalty area. Valdez ran to the top of the 6-yard box, went up and over Dal­las de­fender Maynor Figueroa and headed it into the back left cor­ner. IM­PACT 1, RED BULLS 0 » Mat­teo Man­cosu scored in the 61st minute and Mon­treal beat New York in Game 1 of the East­ern Con­fer­ence series.

Mon­treal will take a one-goal lead into the se­cond leg of the two-game, ag­gre­gate-goals series next Sun­day at Red Bull Arena. The Im­pact were play­ing on three days of rest after their 4-2 vic­tory at D.C. United in the knock­out round Thurs­day, when Man­cosu scored twice. TORONTO FC 2, NY­CFC 0 » Jozy Alti­dore scored in the 84th minute to break a feisty stale­mate and sub­sti­tute To­saint Rick­etts added a stop­page-time goal to give Toronto FC a vic­tory over New York City FC in Game 1 of the MLS East­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal series.

GRA­HAM HUGHES — THE CANA­DIAN PRESS VIA AP

The Mon­treal Im­pact’s Vic­tor Cabr­era, left, chal­lenges the New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips dur­ing first-half ac­tion in the first leg of the East­ern Con­fer­ence MLS semi­fi­nal in Mon­treal, Sun­day.

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