Los Angeles Soccer: Omar Cummings
The Galaxy got the battle it expected in Saturday's Major League Soccer clash at Colorado -- more so once the Denver altitude had sapped their strength -- and everything it needed for success: expert defending (for the third straight game, too), clinical finishing (Marvell Wynne doing his part), and big plays when it mattered from the man in the nets.
It added up to a deserved 2-1 victory over the Rapids, who had most of the ball but not nearly as much of the game as they believed.
L.A. took another step toward its standard with a smart performance in difficult conditions, negating Omar Cummings' speed for long stretches, then huffing and puffing through an excruciating final half-hour after the Jamaican forward halved their advantage in the 63rd minute.
They needed great fortune to pull it off after referee Ramon Hernandez awarded the Rapids a phantom penalty in the final minute. Andre Akpan, leaping to get to ball over the top, fell to the turf under pressure from defenders David Junior Lopes and Todd Dunivant.
Perhaps there was incidental contact with Lopes. Hernandez thought he saw enough, although he was trailing the play by some distance, to point to the spot, assess a yellow card to Lopes, then stand back as Colorado -- with a chance to snatch a point -- unwrapped its gift.
Cummings' penalty was not particularly well-taken, and goalkeeper Josh Saunders leaped to easily knock it aside.
“Certainly a pretty hectic closing minutes of that game, with that call and everything else,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters afterward. “Absolutely remarkable. We're thankful we survived it.”
The Galaxy scored two first-half goals, took charge defensively after Colorado's speed nearly burned them early on, and overcame altitude's impact on their tiring legs to post back-to-back victories for the first time since winning MLS Cup last season and even their record at .500.
But they needed late heroics from goalkeeper Josh Saunders to pull out a 2-1 victory Saturday evening over the Rapids in Commerce City, Colo.
Saunders saved Omar Cummings' penalty kick three minutes into stoppage to secure the victory as the Galaxy took another step toward normalcy with their first road victory of 2012.
Three thoughts on the Galaxy's triumph:
1. BAD CALL, BIG STOP
L.A. did well to shut off space after Cummings' speed caused a lot of trouble in the first 15 minutes or so, and an own goal by former UCLA star Marvell Wynne and Landon Donovan's clinical finish from Robbie Keane's feed provided an advantage that should have been enough, even after Cummings halved the deficit in the 63rd minute.
Then referee Ramon Hernandez attempted outright robbery, awarding the Rapids a penalty kick after Andre Akpan, soaring for a long ball into the Galaxy box, fell to the turf under pressure -- but nothing beyond incidental contact -- from David Junior Lopes.
The Rapids, the defending MLS Cup champs, tallied at the end of the first half to beat the visiting Columbus Crew, 1-0, Thursday night and advance to a home-and-home, first-round series against Eastern Conference champion Sporting Kansas City.
The first game will be Sunday evening in Commerce City, Colo., after Major League Soccer pushed the game back by a day. It would have been quite a hardship for Colorado to play two days after the wild-card encounter.
Cummings scored from Kosuke Kimura's feed following a through ball by Brian Mullan to the right side of Columbus' box.
The Galaxy's depleted lineup was without another star Saturday, not that it mattered. L.A. didn't much need David Beckham, who was left home because of back spasms, to take down reigning MLS Cup champion Colorado, using an own goal, a superb Juninho strike and a late Chad Barrett tally in a 3-1 victory in Commerce City, Colo.
Beckham suffered back spasms in training Tuesday, right after returning from a whirlwind trip to London on 2012 Olympic duty, spent most of Wednesday in bed, then failed to train Thursday and Friday. With captain Landon Donovan and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts off at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where their teams (U.S. and Jamaica) meet in a quarterfinal Sunday, didn't it leave L.A. (9-2-7), well, shorthanded?
Don't suggest that to Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.
“It is a team game. If you are missing players, you are missing players -- it is all a part of it ...,” he said. “We were not shorthanded today. If we would have lost today, our excuse could not have been that we were missing players. They were missing some players as well, but I think that our team played well.
“It is a team game, and we don’t put our heads down when we are missing someone.”
Juninho, just back from his Brazilian wedding, took charge with Beckham out, scoring a brilliant goal at the end of the first half and setting up Barrett's clincher despite a sore right ankle after a Caleb Folan challenge that drew a red card and left the Rapids (5-4-7) with just 10 men for the final 16 minutes plus stoppage.
The Galaxy went ahead on a Drew Moor own goal that finished a fine sequence that started deep in L.A. territory and turned on Sean Franklin's ball up the right flank that Juan Pablo Angel sliced between two defenders to send Chris Birchall racing toward the byline.
Birchall got to the ball just as it reached the endline -- the Rapids argued that it had crossed the line -- and a sliding Moor booted the Englishman's feed into the net.
Juninho's 35-yard rocket made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute, and Barrett's 80th-minute strike answered a Conor Casey goal in the 64th.
A quick look at the Galaxy's victory:
CARSON -- There's a lot of chatter that this team Jamaica has brought to the CONCACAF Gold Cup might be the best it's ever fielded, even better than the side that won a game at the 1998 World Cup in France.Dane Richards doesn't want to hear it. He just wants to spur some more.
“All the talking, we can't pay attention to that,” the New York Red Bulls winger said on the eve of the Reggae Boyz's CONCACAF Gold Cup opener Monday at Home Depot Center. “We just got to go there and do the job and make the people keep talking positive stuff.”
They'll start their business in the region's nations championship against Caribbean rival Grenada, kicking off a Group B doubleheader at 6 p.m. Honduras, with a dozen players from last year's World Cup roster, faces Guatemala at 8. It's the only group-stage games in Southern California; the June 25 final is set for the Rose Bowl.
Jamaica, guided by former Reggae Boyz midfielder Theodore Whitmore, has big aspirations.
“Jamaica, we have special players,” said Donovan Ricketts, the Galaxy's goalkeeper. “We are blessed with people that are very quick, so hopefully we can utilize that in the tournament and see how it goes.”
What's special about this team?
“I don't know,” he replied. “We're just special people, man. We have a fighting spirit. As you see, it's a small country, and anything you put [in front of us], we Jamaicans, we can do it.
“We don't have snow in Jamaica, yet we do bobsled.”
The CONCACAF Gold Cup begins Sunday, with a Costa Rica-Cuba/Mexico-El Salvador doubleheader in front of a sellout crowd at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and plenty is at stake.
There's the trophy, to be sure, plus the berth in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup -- that's the real prize, as the U.S., a 2009 Confederations finalist, can report -- and spirited competition to prepare for the start of qualifying for the next World Cup.
More vital could be the tournament's role in restoring credibility to CONCACAF, which is on its third president in a week after FIFA's corruption scandal exploded in the Caribbean.
HEAVY INTRIGUE: It's been a wild week in the soccer world, and especially the confederation's New York offices, since a FIFA investigation into charges levied by CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer that CONCACAF President Jack Warner, of Trinidad & Tobago, and fellow FIFA executive committee member Mohamed bin Hamman offered cash to Caribbean officials in exchange for votes in Wednesday's FIFA presidential election.
Warner and bin Hamman were suspended last weekend by FIFA's Ethics Committee -- bin Hamman was forced to withdraw from the election, and Sepp Blatter, unopposed, was reelected -- and Barbadan Lisle Austin took over as acting CONCACAF president. His first order was to dismiss Blazer, an American, leading to a legal skirmish, with the confederation telling Austin he didn't have the power to fire Blazer and Austin accusing Blazer of trespassing and stealing company resources by continuing at his job.
It hid a head Thursday, with Austin suspended -- and claiming his suspension wasn't legal -- Honduran Alfredo Hawit taking charge, and Blazer still on the job. Expect more fireworks shortly.
The reigning MLS Cup champs, with neither Omar Cummings (off with Jamaica's national team) nor Conor Casey (tightness in his calf) in the starting XI for the first time since October 2008 -- a span of 67 league games -- managed just two scoring opportunities, and Quincy Amarikwa made the first count, finishing a counterattack in the 32nd minute for the only goal.
A quick look at Chivas' loss:
BEST PLAYER: Take your pick from these three Rapids: central midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, left back Anthony Wallace or center back Drew Moor.
Larentowicz was a force in the middle for Colorado, more so defensively, his energy key as Chivas (0-2-0) failed to penetrate despite decent stretches of possession. Wallace made several big plays and kept whichever winger he was matched up with -- Marcos Mondaini, so good in the Goats' season-opening loss to Sporting Club Kansas City, and Justin Braun -- from making impacts. Moor was nearly perfect in the middle, anchoring a superb defensive effort that had the Rapids in charge from the start.
Best for the Goats? We'll go with central midfielder Nick LaBrocca, who won balls and distributed nicely, playing major roles when Chivas kept possession in the first half and applied pressure in the second.
BEST GOAL: There was only one, and it wasn't a very good one, from Chivas' viewpoint. Blame another defensive breakdown: The Goats' backline was pushed forward, failed to corral Jamie Smith on the left flank, and his ball toward the box for Amarikwa to run onto found gaping space.
Ben Zemanski has confidence in his ability to play on the backline. Good thing, because that's where he'll be Saturday night.
The second-year midfielder will get the call next to veteran Jimmy Conrad for Chivas USA's clash with MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids at Home Depot Center, stepping in after international call-ups whisked away three of the Goats' central defenders.
He's had little experience in central defense, getting a few minutes there during a preseason scrimmage against San Jose, after Conrad was red-carded in a preseason charity match two weeks ago and in training this week.
“He's doing great ...,” said Chivas head coach Robin Fraser, a star center back in his playing days. “It's something we looked at a little bit earlier in preseason, just thinking out ahead, and he's done very well. He's new at it, but he's got the right mentality for it.”
Rookie Zarek Valentin, who started in the middle of last weekend's season-opening loss to Sporting Club Kansas City, is off with the U.S. under-20 national team, which begins qualifying for the U-20 World Cup on Tuesday in Guatemala. Michael Umaña, a starter last year, is with Costa Rica's national team. And newcomer Andy Boyens is in China with New Zealand's national team.
Zemanski gets the nod over raw Ghanaian newcomer Seth Owusu.
The former University of Akron standout, who got the start at holding midfielder in last weekend's season-opening loss to Sporting Club Kansas City after injuries to four potential starters, says he's ready for the challenge.
“It's just about reading the game and getting comfortable with that position ...,” Zemanski said Friday. “I've got [Conrad] to my left and Heath [Pearce] to my right, so both of them are good veterans who are helping me transition to that position a little better.”
“He's got good instincts,” Conrad reports. “He's always thinking about 'How can I win the ball? How can I help the defense' His energy and commitment is there. … I just think he almost has to slow his game down a little bit and take more of a zen approach that we can't win every ball.”
CARSON, Calif. -- We could pick apart the miscues that cost Chivas USA in its opener -- there were several, and they were costly -- but the big picture provides a more comprehensive glimpse of where the Goats are and where they're headed than can any of the details.
There was a lot more to like than dislike in Saturday night's 3-2 defeat to Sporting Club Kansas City at Home Depot Center, but if Chivas was pleased by its play, and it was, the defining emotion afterward was disappointment.
“Obviously, a very disappointing result,” Robin Fraser started his first postgame news conference. “I feel like when you play at home, you should win, end of story. But I was very, very encouraged by a lot of the soccer that we saw tonight.
“I thought that at times, for good portions of the match, we played very good soccer, got into the attacking end. I thought it was difficult for them to handle us as we came forward in waves. I would have liked to see us have a little bit more of a killer instinct in the final third, but I think that's coming as well. The disappointing thing is that I feel like individual mistakes led us to where we are, because for the most part, the team played fairly well.
THE GOOD: Here are three things that worked for the the Goats:
- Marcos Mondaini: The Argentine playmaker, attacking mostly from the left flank, made Sporting's defenders dizzy with space-opening runs that might have led to more chances -- and surely will, as chemistry thickens -- had everyone on attack been on the same page. “He's good at creating space, pulling off of guys,” defender Jimmy Conrad said. “I think that proved difficult for [Sporting]. They really didn't know how to handle him. … I think as we understand him more, it's just going to make our team better."
- Team defense: Sporting has the foundation of a dynamic attack, even with Teal Bunbury on the sidelines, but it accomplished little against Chivas' defense, except on the goals, all product of mental lapses. Fraser judged it “fair to decent, in terms of our organization and being able to win balls back right when we lose them. … When we did a good job of it, I think it was difficult for Kansas City to find clear-cut options forward, and you could see sometimes it was good, and sometimes it was a step or two off, and then the other team becomes dangerous.”
- Set-piece scoring: Chivas scored just two goals last season from dead balls, one off a corner kick and the other a penalty kick. They netted two Saturday, both from corner kicks, and both finished emphatically. Conrad, wearing the captain's armband, netted his first goal as a Goat, and his 20th in MLS, in the 55th minute to make it 2-1 -- he's on target for 34 this season, he pointed out afterward -- and Ben Zemanski stayed just onside to finish Nick LaBrocca's put-back from a clearance, his first MLS goal.
With the Major League Soccer season more or less behind us -- more trades to come from the expansion draft perhaps, and there's the re-entry draft coming up, and the Galaxy still has the friendly in Australia, but other than that -- here's one man's All-Major League Soccer 2010 selections:MVP
David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
The most important player in the league couldn't quite get his club to the MLS Cup title, but he came close. The Colombian playmaker was at the heart of everything the Hoops accomplished.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas)
I was all for New York's Hans Backe until the Red Bulls choked at home against San Jose and Hyndman unveiled a perfect game plan to beat the Galaxy in the Western Conference final. His 2½-year rebuild of FC Dallas was absolutely masterful.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
The Palos Verdes product (Peninsula HS/UCLA) had the greatest goalkeeping season in league history, his record 0.62 goals-against average merely hints at how good he was. Nobody made bigger, more brilliant saves.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
The Costa Rican forward added dimensions to RSL's attack, turning MLS's champion into, arguably, its best team. He netted a dozen goals in MLS play, plus another six to prod the Utahns to next year's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Andy Najar (D.C. United)
The most electrifying player in MLS is a 17-year-old Honduran winger who might soon be starring for the U.S. national team. Oh, we hope so.
SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
Steve Zakuani (Seattle Sounders FC)
The Congo-born, London-raised, Akron-educated winger needed one full season to get his bearings in MLS, but he took over in year two, scoring 11 goals to lead the Sounders' attack. A rare blend of speed, power, skill, brains and incomparable self-confidence.
GK Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas): For all Ferreira did, with no Hartman, Dallas doesn't come near MLS Cup.
D Heath Pearce (FC Dallas): Turned his disappointment over missing the World Cup into a stellar season -- and on the right rather than at his usual spot at left back.
D Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake): Smart, regal center back provided the foundation that enables the MLS Defender of the Year next to him to do all the risky stuff that attracts so much attention.
D Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake): Tremendous athlete willing to try things other defenders won't. When it doesn't work, it's ugly; when it does, glorious.
D Jair Benitez (FC Dallas): Hoops' right back was the best attacking back in the league.
M Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): Won the Golden Boot with 18 goals to carry, almost single-handedly, the Quakes into the postseason for the first time since the relaunch.
M Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids): His partnership in the middle with Pablo Mastoeni provided the foundation for Colorado's success. And nobody was better in the MLS Cup final.
M David Ferreira (FC Dallas): The league's premier playmaker wonderfully orchestrated the Hoops' dynamic attack. Virtually unstoppable.
M Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy): Played provider more than scorer and led the league in assists (with 16), but more impressive: His defensive play and his peerless ability to turn the transition.
F Edson Buddle (L.A. Galaxy): Big, strong, fast and technical, Buddle was the best finisher in the league, scoring 19 goals (playoffs included) and winning a role at the World Cup in South Africa.
F Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids): The Jamaican forward's pace made him the most feared attacker in MLS, and his connection with Conor Casey was pivotal in the Rapids' stunning championship run.
Others we liked ... a lot:
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Sean Franklin (L.A. Galaxy), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas)
Midfielders: Daniel Hernandez (FC Dallas), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia), Joel Lindpere (New York), Steve Zakuani (Seattle), Bobby Convey (San Jose)
Forwards: Fredy Montero (Seattle), Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Conor Casey (Colorado)
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Colorado's Macoumba Kandji is mobbed by teammates -- while FC Dallas' Ugo Ihemelu watches -- after having a hand in the winning goal for the Rapids.
TORONTO -- Macoumba Kandji was hurting. He was on crutches. He'd never felt better in his life.
Ah, pleasure and pain. Not many know the balance between them better than the Senegal-born, Gambia-bred, Georgia-schooled forward, who had plenty to celebrate Sunday night -- and was due for an MRI exam Monday morning to assess damage to his left leg.
Kandji was responsible for the goal that lifted Colorado to the MLS Cup title, an overtime own goal by FC Dallas defender George John that completed a 2-1 turnaround that gave the Rapids their first piece of silverware.
Kandji was on a trainer's table while teammates feted their triumph with bad, smelly champagne. When he finally arose, gingerly stepping forward with a crutch under his left arm, defender Drew Moor wrapped him in his arms. The broad smile wasn't about to leave his face.
“It's fantastic, man,” he said. “I'm just so happy.”
Kandji had come on for Omar Cummings in the 98th minute. It was his second appearance in an MLS Cup final -- he was a late sub for the New York Red Bulls, while on loan from the Atlanta Silverbacks, then a second-tier club, in Columbus' 2008 triumph at Home Depot Center -- and this one was much more fulfilling.
His big moment arrived in the 107th, after FC Dallas failed to clear Conor Casey's cross from the left, and the ball squirted out to Kandji on the right side of the Hoops' box.
Sunday's 15th MLS Cup, which kicks off at BMO Field a little after 5:30 p.m. (ESPN and Galavision), could be a classic. Dallas and Colorado are fast, athletic, attacking sides capable of producing scintillating stuff.
There will be abundant goal opportunities, but with Palos Verdes' Kevin Hartman (Peninsula HS/UCLA) in the FC Dallas nets, there's no certainty of scoring. At least at one end.
Both teams attack so well, especially off the counter, that defensive approaches ought to be decisive. The team that does the best job closing space and preventing its opponent's attacking speed from making a difference is likely going to prevail.
Three keys to victory:
The Galaxy was mightily impressed by FC Dallas' victory in last weekend's Western Conference final, and a lot of their players think the Hoops' success will continue in Sunday's MLS Cup final against Colorado in Toronto (ESPN and Galavision, 5:30 p.m. PT).
Here's what a few had to say when asked to predict a winner:
GOALKEEPER DONOVAN RICKETTS: “The team that beat us, 3-0. Dallas. They play pretty good football, so I pick Dallas. But I have to care for my Jamaican man, [Colorado forward Omar] Cummings. My head tells me Dallas, but my heart goes to Cummings.”
MIDFIELDER CHRIS KLEIN: “I think I would pick Dallas just because they're very difficult to beat. When you have the attacking weapons that they have, I think that maybe they have a little bit of an advantage. But you look at Colorado and you look at their two forwards [Cummings and Conor Casey] and you look at who they have in the center of the park [Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz], and I think it will pose a big challenge for [Dallas].”
DEFENDER TODD DUNIVANT: “I think it will be a good game, but I would think it will be Dallas. I mean, they've only lost four games this season, and they've kind of done so under the radar. … Not a lot of people were talking about Dallas, and they've only lost four games in, what, 33 now? That's pretty incredible. That's an unbelievable record. That means they have a good team. I think they're obviously the favorites, but when you have Casey and Cummings up top, that's an unbelievable combo that can hurt you any time. It'll be a good game.”
FORWARD/MIDFIELDER LANDON DONOVAN: “It's going to be a good game. Mmmm. There's no two players playing better this season than Conor and Omar together, but in my opinion there's no one player who's more important to a team than [FC Dallas's David Ferreira]. It's going to be interesting. My guess is whoever scores first is going to win, because they're both very good counterattacking teams, and if you have to come at them and open yourselves up, Conor and Omar can make you pay, and Ferreira can make you pay going the other way. … Umm. I've got to say Dallas because we lost to them.”
Yes, rosters will be expanded, from 24 to 30 players, with more slots for those 24 and younger. Yes, there will be a reserve division again. And if neither of these moves were unexpected -- the reserve-league thing was a done deal weeks ago -- that doesn't diminish their impact on the league and, especially, the league's role in developing talent.
Larger rosters will enable teams to better weather injuries, international call-ups and crowded schedules, and a reserve league -- this one, Garber promises, has been better thought out than the 2005-08 effort -- will provide needed game time for those players, mostly younger, at the bottom of each team's roster.
More opportunity for players, better opportunity for teams.
"I think it's great ...," Chivas USA director of soccer Stephen Hamilton said of 30-man rosters Tuesday. "It allows you to have the necessary depth to get through a grueling campaign. Next year we’ll have the Open Cup and the regular season and, hopefully, the playoffs to get through, and having those extra slots allows us to do some things."
"It helps in terms of developing players," Galaxy general manager/head coach Bruce Arena said. "In theory, it probably will not have an affect on your first team, except you have injuries and that type of thing, and supplemental games. ... I think the more players, you have potentially the opportunity to have a little more of a rested team."
A look at Saturday's Eastern Conference final:IN BRIEF: Colorado reached its second MLS Cup final -- its first in 13 years -- with a deserved 1-0 triumph over visiting San Jose in sub-freezing temperatures just outside Denver. … Right back Kosuke Kimura's cross sneaked into the net in the 43rd minute, but the Rapids would have had more if not for another superb performance by Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch. … The Rapids await the winner of the Galaxy-FC Dallas clash in Sunday's Western Conference final at Home Depot Center.
BEST PLAYER: It's Omar Cummings again. The speedy Rapids forward tormented the Quakes with runs through and behind the defense, constantly creating or exploiting space -- had his shot been on, he would have had a hat trick. He doesn't get an assist on Kimura's goal, but he deserves one: His near-post run froze Busch, allowing the in-swinging cross to skip past and inside the far post.
BEST GOAL: There only was one, and, no, it wasn't a work of art, but who cares? Kimura, the only Japanese player in the league, scored his first goal of the campaign -- and just his third in four seasons -- with a sensational cross from the right flank after a throw-in. With Bobby Convey applying pressure, Kimura curled a left-footed ball toward Cummings, who split San Jose's Jason Hernandez and Sam Cronin to get free at the near post. At first, it looked like Cummings got a touch on the ball, sending it past Busch, but replays indicated the cross had sneaked through on its own, and Cummings acknowledged at halftime that he hadn't gotten a piece of it.
BIGGEST STOP: Busch had plenty, including two big stops on Cummings and another on Pablo Mastroeni, but Brazilian forward Geovanni made the biggest, keeping the Quakes in the game by clearing Drew Moor's header from a Wells Thompson corner kick off the line at the right post in the 70th minute.
WORTH NOTING: The Rapids are the third successive crossover finalist. New York, sent to the Western Conference bracket in 2008 after finishing fifth in the East, stunned Houston and Real Salt Lake to reach the MLS Cup final, and Real Salt Lake's title run last year went through the East after a fifth-place finish in the West. Colorado was, naturally, fifth in the West this year. … The Rapids upset Kansas City and Dallas en route to the 1997 MLS Cup final, but lost, 2-1, against D.C. United in front of 57,431 at RFK Stadium in Washington. Jaime Moreno and Tony Sanneh gave D.C., coached by current Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, a two-goal lead, and Adrian Paz got one back in the 75th minute for Colorado.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think the goal was maybe a little fortuitous, and he doesn't get on the score sheet all that often. … If there had been a bet on it, you would've had very long odds on Koski scoring the game-winner.” -- Colorado head coach Gary Smith.
at Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado 1 (Kimura 43), San Jose 0
Western Conference final
Sunday: L.A. Galaxy vs. FC Dallas at Home Depot Center, 6 p.m., ESPN and ESPN Deportes
Nov. 21: at Toronto, 5:30 p.m., ESPN and TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46)