Victor Bernardez struck a free kick from 31 yards out that squeezed by Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who was unable to keep the ball from crossing the goal line, to win the match. The victory gives the Earthquakes the first of two legs of the Western Conference semifinals.
The win marked the fifth occasion this season in which San Jose has won in stoppage time. Against L.A., the Earthquakes are now 3-0-1, including two comeback victories. All three wins have been decided by only goal.
San Jose secured the best record in the regular season, going 19-6-9 for 66 points.