After 36 minutes and 29 seconds of power-outage time at The Home Depot Center, two halves of regulation and a 30-minute overtime, the Los Angeles Galaxy topped the Houston Dynamo 2-0 late Friday night (early Saturday for Central time zone viewers) to win the Western Conference title.
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Landon Donovan capitalized on a penalty-kick opportunity to help the Galaxy win the MLS' Western Conference.
Gregg Berhalter and Landon Donovan scored the overtime goals to lead the Galaxy to the MLS Cup, which takes place Nov. 22 at Qwest Field in Seattle. L.A. awaits the winner of Saturday's Eastern Conference final between Real Salt Lake and the host Chicago Fire (7 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).
Berhalter's game-winner came in the 103rd minute, shortly after a David Beckham free kick. In the 109th minute, Donovan capitalized on a penalty-kick opportunity to push the lead to 2-0.
• Against potential MLS Cup opponents: The Galaxy won both regular-season matches against the Fire: a 2-0 victory Aug. 19 at Chicago and a 1-0 win Oct. 2 in Carson, Calif. But against Real Salt Lake, L.A. had an 0-1-1 mark: a 2-all draw May 6 and a 2-0 loss June 13.
• This date in Chicago Fire history: On Nov. 14, 2003, the Fire advanced to their third MLS Cup in six seasons with a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference final at Soldier Field. Chris Armas netted the golden goal in the 101st minute. Chicago also set an MLS playoff record with 14 corner kicks, besting the previous record of 13 by the 2001 San Jose Earthquakes.