The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated FC Dallas, 2-1, tonight in Carson, Calif. The victory gives LA this season's Supporters Shield, with a 18-5-7 record. And due to Major League Soccer's inexplicable playoff formula, they will open the MLS Cup playoffs against Sounders FC, which finished 14-10-6 -- sixth best in MLS).
The Sounders and Galaxy will meet in a two-game aggregate score series. The first game will be played at 5 p.m. Sunday at Qwest Field. The second game will be played at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Home Depot Center.
"It's a great match-up. Obviously the Galaxy had two wins against us in the regular season, so we will be motivated and well-prepared," coach Sigi Schmid said through a Sounders press release. "We were the best team in MLS over the second half of the season, and the fans will get to see the likes of David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle. It's going to be a great series."
The Galaxy dominated the Sounders more than any other club during the regular season, winning 4-0 at Qwest Field and 3-1 at Home Depot.
The Halloween match is expected to mark David Beckham's first time facing the Sounders in a Galaxy kit at Qwest Field. He missed the Galaxy's visit to Seattle in each of the past two seasons due to injury or European loan.
Beckham scored the goal that brought Los Angeles even tonight in the 33rd minute, after Dallas had jumped ahead in the 22nd minute on a goal by Atiba Harris. The game winner came in the 46th minute from Juninho.
Here are the four semifinal pairings.
With the regular season now over, San Jose's Chris Wondolowski is this season's Golden Boot winner with 18 goals, one more than LA's Edson Buddle, who lead most of the season.
Here is a complete list of MLS Supporters Shield winners:
1996: Tampa Bay Mutiny* 1997: D.C. United* 1998: LA Galaxy1999: D.C. United2000: Kansas City Wizards 2001: Miami Fusion2002: LA Galaxy 2003: Chicago Fire 2004: Columbus Crew 2005: San Jose Earthquakes 2006: D.C. United 2007: D.C. United 2008: Columbus Crew 2009: Columbus Crew 2010: LA Galaxy(* Awarded retroactively)