Harvard beat Yale 49-49, the United States beat England 1-1, and now the LA Galaxy have beaten Toronto FC 2-2 through one of the odd quirks of aggregate ties. Coming back from a 2-0 deficit to equalize late in the match, the Galaxy not only go back to Los Angeles with the momentum; but with two away goals in their pocket as well. In an aggregate series, away goals are the first tie breaker.
This means that the Galaxy would win the tie if the return leg in Los Angeles finished 0-0. Fittingly, it was team captain Landon Donovan and perennial superstar David Beckham that put them in this favorable position. The corner kick was delayed as Toronto threw streamers and ultimately an aluminum can on the pitch. But Beckham's corner landed in the box, and Landon Donovan was able to poach one to equalize for the Galaxy.
Donovan was also involved on the Galaxy's first goal, getting the first assist in a chain of two. Donovan saved the ball from going over the end line, then laid it back for Sean Franklin. Stefan Frei was unable to punch away Franklin's cross across the face of goal, then Mike Magee was there to finish.
These two Galaxy goals put them in the driver seat when the return leg kicks off at the Home Depot Center a week from now. Attendance at the Home Depot Center is capped at 7,500 at the moment, well short of the 47, 658 who bought tickets to tonight's match at the Rogers Center. The winner of this tie will move on to face the winner of the Seattle Sounders - Santos Laguna tie in the semi-finals.
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