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Galaxy advance to MLS Cup on a freaky Friday the 13th in Carson

Posted on 14 November 2009 by iyeo

Perhaps it was only fitting that on Friday the 13th, there would be not one, but two power outages at the Home Depot Center.

Just as it had against Chivas, the winning play originated with Becks

Eighteen minutes into the Western Conference Final match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo, the lights on the upper deck at the Home Depot Center went out, causing a stoppage in play that would last about 18 minutes. Galaxy officials traced the power failure to “Significant power dips in Southern California Edison Industrial grid in which the facility sits,” The same thing occurred again five minutes into the second half and lasted about 15 minutes.

Despite the interruptions, play was very competitive and the match very closely fought.
“It was a game that could’ve gone either way,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena admitted afterwards. “They had their chances and we had ours.”

Just as it had in the semifinal return leg against Chivas, the winning goal of the Western Conference finals originated with David Beckham. This time, the play occurred in extra time after English midfielder lofted a freekick into the Houston Dynamo penalty box.

ASN’s Ivan Yeo reports from Carson, Calif.

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