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Los Angeles dominates Dallas 3-1 to win West, advance to MLS Cup '99.

Analysis | Game Summary

PASADENA, Calif. (Thursday, November 11, 1999) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy will be the Western Conference representative in the MLS Cup final for the second time in Major League Soccer history following a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Burn tonight before 25,703 at the Rose Bowl.

The Galaxy, who advanced to the inaugural MLS Cup in 1996, scored twice in the first 20 minutes to take the third and decisive game in the best-of-three conference final.

Los Angeles defender Greg Vanney had the first goal of the contest, just three minutes in. Dallas midfielder Paul Broome committed a hand-ball in the box, prompting a penalty kick. Vanney hammered the shot past Dallas goalkeeper Mark Dodd for his second goal of the playoffs.

In the 20th minute, Galaxy midfielder Roy Myers finished off a run through the middle by sliding the ball into the box for midfielder Clint Mathis. Mathis could not control the pass, but neither could Dodd, who gave up a dangerous rebound. Los Angeles striker Carlos Hermosillo pounced on the loose ball and easily slid it past the fallen Dodd to put L.A. ahead 2-0. It was Hermosillo's third goal in the last two games against Dallas.

The Galaxy made it 3-0 in the 68th minute when midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos tapped in an Ezra Hendrickson throw-in that slid a pass by Dodd to the front of the net. An unmarked Cienfuegos ran on to it for his second playoff goal.

The Galaxy had the better of the chances throughout the second half, as the Burn was forced to push forward looking for offense, leaving Dodd exposed in the back.

Dallas did get on the board in the 89th minute when striker Jason Kreis netted a penalty kick after a Robin Fraser hand-ball. Kreis, the regular season scoring titlist, found net for the first time in the playoffs.

There were nine yellow cards handed out in the contentious affair, five to Dallas.

The Galaxy will face the winner of Sunday's Columbus Crew- D.C. United match at Washington's RFK Stadium in MLS Cup '99 November 21 at Foxboro Stadium outside Boston at 1:30 p.m. (ET) in a match broadcast on ABC.

Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Dallas Burn 1

Lineups: Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Ezra Hendrickson, Robin Fraser, Greg Vanney, Paul Caligiuri, Danny Pena (Joe Franchino 85), Roy Myers (Simon Elliott 69), Clint Mathis, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Carlos Hermosillo (Zak Ibsen 81), Cobi Jones; Dallas - Mark Dodd, Brian Haynes (John Jairo Trellez 56), Richard Farrer, Jorge Rodriguez, Paul Broome (Dante Washington 66), Mark Santel, Oscar Pareja (Lazo Alavanja 78), Chad Deering, Ted Eck, Jason Kreis, Ariel Graziani.

Los Angeles - Vanney (penalty kick) 3;
Los Angeles - Hermosillo (Mathis, Myers) 20;
Los Angeles - Cienfuegos (Hendrickson, Myers) 68;
Dallas - Kreis (penalty kick) 89.

Total shots: Los Angeles 13 (Hermosillo 4), Dallas 7 (Deering 2, Kreis 2). Shots on goal: Los Angeles 5 (Hermosillo 2), Dallas 2 (Haynes 1, Kreis 1). Saves: Los Angeles - Hartman 1; Dallas - Dodd 2. Fouls: Los Angeles 19 (Mathis 4), Dallas 15 (six players with 2). Offside: Los Angeles 4, Dallas 0. Corner kicks: Los Angeles 4, Dallas 10. Yellow card cautions: Los Angeles - Cienfuegos 54, Caligiuri 55, Pena 85, Hendrickson 88; Dallas - Farrer 7, Haynes 26, Eck 40, Graziani 72, Rodriguez 84. Possession percentage: Los Angeles 54%, Dallas 46%.

Referee: Brian Hall. Referee's assistants: Roger Sill, Chip Reed. Attendance: 25,703 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Weather: Breezy, 63 degrees, cold.

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