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Galaxy players not getting carried away

SoccerNews in MLS 12 Nov 2012


LA Galaxy players say their journey to the MLS Cup is far from over, despite their comfortable win at home over the Seattle Sounders.

The reigning MLS champions beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 in the first leg of the Western Conference final on Monday.

And as long as Los Angeles can avoid losing by three or more goals next Sunday, they will advance to the MLS Cup final for the second year in a row.

But captain Landon Donovan warned his side against complacency, although a confident team performance saw Mike Magee score and Robbie Keane net a brace in the Galaxy’s easy victory.

“This is far from over,” Donovan said. “I myself have been a part of bigger comebacks than this. We have a long ways to go still.”

The Sounders beat LA 4-0 the last time the two teams met in CenturyLink Field, and 2-0 in the previous encounter.

“There’s no reason why they can’t do that again,” Donovan warned.

Superstar David Beckham echoed his team-mate’s sentiments.

“Seattle has always been a tough place to go and win games and play at and their fans will be right behind them,” he said.

“We have put ourselves in a good position but we know that it is far from over.”

Coach Bruce Arena compared the game to the 3-1 win to beat the Earthquakes in Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday.

“Yes, the 90 (minutes) in San Jose was good,” Arena said. “Tonight was more complete. I think we were a little sloppy in the last 15 minutes in San Jose, but tonight was better, so that’s encouraging.”

The second leg of their Western Conference Championship is on November 18.

The winner will face either DC United or Houston Dynamo, who took a 3-1 first-leg lead in the Eastern Conference finals.


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