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Galaxy defeat San Jose, advance to West Finals

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Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara has seen some amazing, late, incredible endings this year in front of rowdy crowds as the hometown, Supporter's Shield winning San Jose Earthquakes stormed to the best record in MLS. On Wednesday night, two goals by Robbie Keane and another by Mike Magee helped silence the crowd. When stoppage time came, the miracle the Earthquakes were expecting did not come as the defending MLS Cup Champion L.A. Galaxy defeated San Jose 3-1 and 3-2 on aggregate.

The question as to if the Galaxy have what it takes to hoist their fourth MLS Cup has never been in doubt, although inconsistent play has marked the 2012 squad. The Galaxy gave up a late, stoppage time goal at home in the first game to go down 1-0 on aggregate heading into last night's match. San Jose was undefeated at home and it would have been logical to expect that the Galaxy's season would end on Wednesday.

DUSTIN PAYNE

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L.A. Galaxy, MLS, and U.S. Soccer corespondent for Team 1010 KXPS SportsRadio.

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The Galaxy came out last night with a furious pace, leaving San Jose with a look of bewilderment as shot after shot came flying at San Jose keeper John Busch. Keane finally scored in the 21st minute leaving the crowd rattled. Keane scored again fifteen minutes later putting L.A. up 2-0 and 2-1 on aggregate. Mike Magee scored in the 39th and shock and silence fell upon San Jose.

The second half was eventful as San Jose clawed their way back. Alan Gordon scored late setting up another chance for late heroics but they never came. The Galaxy advance to their fourth straight West Final.

THREE TAKEAWAYS

1. Robbie Keane is by far the best forward in MLS. His understanding of where to pass, where to run to, and how to finish is something this league has not seen before. Keane is the number one reason the Galaxy could win MLS Cup again.

2. Tommy Meyer has grown up before our eyes. His experience this year will pay huge dividends down the road as he is now battle tested and he has succeeded. Without Meyer's emergence, L.A. would not be still in this.

3. Never count out this team. There is too much skill, too much pride, and too much heart to count out the Galaxy.