Update: Dallas advances to MLS Cup with a 3-0 win at LA. It will be the club's first trip to the final, where they will meet the Colorado Rapids.
The winner will meet the Colorado Rapids for the league title next Sunday in Toronto. The Rapids advanced last night with a 1-0 win over San Jose.
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FC Dallas at LA Galaxy, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com)The Galaxy won both regular season meetings between the teams. Mike Magee’s goal was the lone tally in an LA win May 20 at Pizza Hut Park. The teams then concluded the regular season against each other, the Galaxy winning 2-1 at The Home Depot Center to claim the Supporters’ Shield.Edson Buddle’s goal in the first leg was his first postseason goal since Oct. 31, 2004, which he scored while playing for Columbus. He scored again in the second leg against Seattle.FC Dallas won a postseason series for just the third time in club history, and for the first time since 1999. That year, they played the Galaxy in the Western Conference Finals, losing 2 games to 1 in a best-of-3 series.The Galaxy and Dallas have met three times in the MLS Cup Playoffs – each year from 1997-99. Dallas advanced in 1997, while the Galaxy advanced in 1998 and ’99. The Galaxy goalkeeper for all three series? Current FC Dallas ‘keeper Kevin Hartman.David Beckham set up both Galaxy goals in their second leg victory, giving him three career postseason assists. “This is the best David has played since he has been a Galaxy player,” said Landon Donovan.FCD midfielder Dax McCarty had made one career playoff appearance in his 5-year career – a 14-minute substitute cameo in 2007, the last time FC Dallas reached the postseason. His first playoff goal provided the margin for his club’s advancement against Real Salt Lake.The Galaxy are playing for a spot in MLS Cup for the 10th time in 15 years, by far the most semifinal appearances of any club in MLS history. The Galaxy have made a record six MLS Cup Final appearances.The Galaxy had the sixth-best home record in the regular season (9-4-2), but have not lost a home playoff game since 1998. The Galaxy are now 20-2-1 all-time at home in the MLS Cup Playoffs; 6-0 at The Home Depot Center.FC Dallas will have to win on the road to advance to a first MLS Cup; they were 4-3-8 away from Pizza Hut Park, the second-best road record in MLS (behind LA’s 9-3-3).