Let the 2012 MLS Playoffs begin: LA closed out the regular season with a win

The grand finale of the 2012 MLS regular season saw the LA Galaxy shut-out Seattle 1-0 Sunday night at the Home Depot Center. The 2012 MLS Playoffs begin on Wednesday, Oct 31 when the Houston Dynamo face off against the Chicago Fire.

CARSON, Calif. – (Sunday, October 28, 2012) – A sellout crowd at the Home Depot Center Sunday night was the night cap for the final whistle of the 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season match.

Second half goal from Mike Magee was enough for the Galaxy to gain a 1-0 advantage – and the win – over the visiting Seattle Sounders.  And a confidence boost for LA into the postseason.

Coming on as a Sub for Edson Buddle in the 75th minute, Magee led the charge and the lone goal in the 83rd minute.

With the win, the Galaxy ended the 2012 MLS regular season with 54 points (4th place in the Western Conference) and a record of 16-12-6 (win-loss-tie).  While, the Sounders are in 3rd place, with 56 points and a record of 15-8-11 on the regular season.

The 2011 MLS Cup Champions LA Galaxy will begin their quest for another MLS Cup when they host the Canadian Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday, November 1, 7:30 pm PST at the Home Depot Center.  This is the first appearance in the MLS Playoffs for a Canadian team.

While the Eastern Conference match begins on October 31 when the Houston Dynamo travel to Chicago to face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.  This match kicks off at 8:00 pm CT.

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Jos Saunders (GK), Sean Franklin (Bryan Gaul, 45), Omar Gonzalez, Tommy Meyer, Todd Dunivant, Christian Willhelmsson, David Beckham (Marcelo Sarvas, 62), Juninho, Landon Donovan (Captain), Edson Buddle (Mike Magee, 75), Robbie Keane

Seattle: Michael Gspurning (GK), Marc Burch, Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke (Zach Scott, 51), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Osvaldo Alonso, Christian Tiffert, Brad Evans, Mauro Rosales [Captain (Steve Zakuani, 82)], Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson (Samuel Ochoa, 45)

Misconduct Summary:

LA – Josh Saunders (Yellow Card) 4

Seattle – Osvaldo Alonso (Yellow Card) 90

LA – Marcelo Sarvas (Yellow Card) 90

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