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 effort and outside of the foot finish to beat Nick Rimando in the RSL goal.
And minutes later, Boateng was at it again, cutting in from the right side, beating his defender and curling a left-footed shot into the side netting.
The Galaxy were able to kill off the game in the second half, as Robbie Keane came off the bench for Gordon and Mike Magee replaced Boateng.
Landon Donovan, who re-joined the Galaxy late in the season, started the match for LA, while Steven Gerrard was not named in the team as he continues to battle back from an injury.
The Galaxy will host the No. 2 seed Colorado Rapids at StubHub Center on Sunday, Oct. 30 in the first leg of the the teams' two-legged tie.