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Los Angeles, Houston into last 4 of MLS playoffs

Associated Press Modified: November 8, 2012 at 2:17 am •  Published: November 8, 2012
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SANTA CLARA, California (AP) — Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo survived challenging away legs to win their MLS conference semifinals on Wednesday, progressing to the last four in the playoffs.

Robbie Keane scored twice and Mike Magee added another as the Galaxy won 3-1 at the San Jose Earthquakes, overturning a 1-0 defeat it suffered at home in the opening leg and winning 3-2 on aggregate.

Houston had the benefit of a 2-0 home win in the opening leg and progressed despite losing 1-0 away to Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.

Los Angeles will play with either Real Salt Lake or Seattle Sounders in the West final. Real Salt Lake will host the second game, with the opener ending in a 0-0 stalemate.

Houston's opponent in the East final will be either D.C. United or New York Red Bulls. The second leg of New York-D.C. was postponed due to snow and will be played on Thursday; United was held 1-1 at home in the first leg.

Los Angeles scored three times in the first half to quickly overturn the first-leg result.

Keane opened the scoring in the 21st minute — equalizing the tie on aggregate — when he worked through San Jose's midfield and fired in a shot from 22 yards which went in off a post.

The Ireland international made it 2-0 when he slipped in behind San Jose's scattered backline on a 34th-minute counterattack, collected a through ball from Landon Donovan and rounding Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch before scoring.

Magee delivered the insurance goal in the 39th minute, making an unmarked run to 12 yards and one-timing a pass from Donovan.

Alan Gordon gave San Jose hope in the 82nd minute when he put away a mis-hit shot from Justin Morrow for his first career playoff goal. But the Earthquakes could not find the equalizer they needed to force extra time.

Earthquakes defender Ike Opara had a clear shot from 9 yards in second-half stoppage time, but he hit the post.

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