The LA Galaxy kicked off the Western Conference finals with a decisive 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders in the first leg on Sunday night.
Robbie Keane scored twice, sandwhiched around Mike Magee's goal, to give the Galaxy all the offense they needed. Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning did all he could to limit the damage for Seattle, making three saves.
Now, the Galaxy head to Seattle next Sunday with a comfortable cushion, looking to advance to their third MLS Cup in four years and repeat as champions.
In the regular season, LA had difficulty in contests against the Sounders, losing two of three head-to-head matches while being outscored 6-1. As a result, the Galaxy finished fourth in the standings with a 16-12-6 record (54 points), just behind Seattle which earned the No. 3 seed with a 15-8-11 record (56 points).
The Sounders, however, are unbeaten in their last four home games, including wins of 3-1 and 3-0.