Dallas beats LA, advances to MLS Cup

David Beckham played all 90 minutes for the fourth time in five games despite injuring his groin.

CARSON, California _ Dallas beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0 in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference final on Sunday, setting up a clash with Colorado in the season decider.

David Ferreira, George John and Marvin Chavez scored while goalkeeper Kevin Hartman pulled off some key saves for Dallas, which became the last of the surviving original MLS teams to reach the MLS Cup final.

“David was fantastic with the balls he was sending in there,” Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said. “We keep preaching to our players to think forward, look forward, pass forward and run forward. That caught L.A. on their heels.”

Dallas will face Colorado on Nov. 21 in Toronto. The Rapids beat visiting San Jose 1-0 on Saturday.

“This Sunday, we hope to be celebrating the title,” Ferreira said. “We deserve to be champions, as does Colorado, because they’ve also worked incredibly hard.”

Ferreira gave Dallas a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute by taking Chavez’s pass at the edge of the penalty area, turning and firing a shot inside the left post between two defenders. It was Dallas’ only shot on goal in the first half.

Before Ferreira’s goal, the Galaxy had three chances to take the lead, but Hartman thwarted all three.

In the eighth minute, Hartman dived to his left to deflect Mike Magee’s 30-yard shot with his left hand. Hartman blocked Juninho’s 15-yard shot in the 21st minute, then leaped to tip David Beckham’s 50-yard free kick away from the upper-right corner of the net in the 23rd minute.

Hartman prevented Landon Donovan from equalizing in the 31st minute by diving to his left to deflect the unmarked Donovan’s 31-yard shot with both hands.

“Hartman made a couple of outstanding saves,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “The one on Landon was unbelievable.”

After the goalie’s heroics, John made it 2-0 in the 54th minute by knocking in Brek Shea’s left-wing cross from close range.

Chavez, who played for Honduras in the World Cup, made certain of the result by scoring in the 73rd minute. Ferreira threaded a pass through the defense to an unmarked Chavez, who scored inside the left post from 13 yards.

David Beckham played all 90 minutes for the fourth time in five games despite injuring his groin.

“We saw right at the beginning of the game, probably 15 minutes in, that he had a problem,” Arena said. “We talked to him at halftime. There was a chance that we were going to take him off but he stayed in.”

Beckham missed six months after tearing his left Achilles tendon in March while playing on loan for Milan.

“He has been playing through a lot of pain in the last few weeks, more than you know,” Donovan said. “When you come back that quickly at that age from an Achilles injury, there are going to be residual effects.”

The game was the last for the Galaxy’s Eddie Lewis, who announced his retirement in August. Lewis, who played in two World Cups for the United States, started at left back before Jovan Kirovski replaced him in the 82nd minute.

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