Nov 4, 2013 at 2am UK at ‚ÄčThe Home Depot Center
LA GalaxyLos Angeles Galaxy
Salt LakeReal Salt Lake
Franklin (47')
Juninho (25'), Garcia (84')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Beckerman (23')

Result: Los Angeles Galaxy edge out Real Salt Lake in first leg

Result: Galaxy edge out RSL in first leg
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Los Angeles Galaxy will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their MLS Western Conference playoff semi-final against Real Salt Lake.

Los Angeles Galaxy have beaten Real Salt Lake 1-0 in the first leg of their MLS Western Conference playoff semi-final at the StubHub Centre.

Alvaro Saborio had the first effort on goal in the third minute of the game, but it was the Galaxy who made the stronger start, with Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes both shooting wide inside the first 12 minutes.

The Irish striker then wasted a good opportunity to take the lead when set up by Landon Donovan, and his side were nearly punished when Luis Gil firing narrowly wide in the 25th minute.

Chris Schuler had to make two vital interceptions to prevent Robbie Rogers and Donovan from breaking the deadlock.

The hosts finally got their reward two minutes after the restart, and it took a stunning long-range effort from Sean Franklin for them to get their noses in front.

Donovan nearly doubled their advantage moments later after getting on the end of Keane's cross.

Devon Sandoval was presented with an opportunity a minute after coming on for Saborio, but he could not connect with a header at full stretch.

However, Bruce Arena's men should have gone 2-0 up when Keane fired wide after being slipped through on goal with six minutes remaining.

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