CARSON, CA. (AP)—David Beckham set up goals by Edson Buddle
with a corner kick and Omar Gonzalez with a free kick in an
8-minute span of the first half to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a
2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer's
Western Conference semifinal Sunday night.
Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made three saves for the Galaxy, who
will play host to FC Dallas after winning the two-game series
against Seattle 3-1.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena called Beckham's set pieces
"terrific," he said, especially after the midfielder played the
first game on a wet artificial surface in Seattle.
"That was the difference in the game," Arena said of Beckham's
set pieces. "He had a tough week recovering from the field in
Seattle but he started coming around Friday."
Steve Zakuani scored for Seattle Sounders FC to break a playoff
goalless streak of 386 minutes over two years.
"We still have to grow up a little bit," Sounders FC coach
Sigi Schmid said. "For a couple of guys on our team, the game was
too big for them. It was too big an occasion for them. They just