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