MLS Western Conference semifinals, Galaxy vs. Earthquakes recap: San Jose claims 1st leg with 1-0 win

Victor Decolongon

The San Jose Earthquakes received a goal in stoppage time from Victor Bernardez to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on Sunday night.

The San Jose Earthquakes stunned the LA Galaxy with a stoppage-time goal to win 1-0 on Sunday night on the road.

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.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday night in Santa Clara for Game 2. The winner of the aggregate series will move on to face either Real Salt Lake or the Seattle Sounders.

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