The LA Galaxy cruised past Real Salt Lake 3-1 in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs, setting up a second-round matchup with the Colorado Rapids.
Emmanuel Boateng scored twice, and Alan Gordon added a goal and two assists to lead the Galaxy to victory. Real Salt Lake's Joao Plata momentarily leveled matters with a first-half penalty, but the Galaxy were soon back on top, and overall, they were too much for RSL on the night.
Here are three thoughts on LA's triumph:
1. Boateng, Gordon torment RSL
Emmanuel Boateng scored twice and the LA Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 to advance to the MLS Western Conference semifinals.
Alan Gordon opened the scoring for the Galaxy early in the first half, when a cross from the right flank found him wide open at the far post for an easy finish.
But minutes later, Boateng took Javier Morales down in the penalty area, allowing Joao Plata to step up and level things from the penalty spot at 1-1.
Boateng, 22, quickly redeemed himself with a brilliant individual...