SEATTLE -- Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, who has been plagued by injury all season, did not dress for the Western Conference final against the Seattle Sounders on a wet and chilly Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.
The scenario the Galaxy faces -- it takes a three-goal lead into the second of two matches in a Major League Soccer playoff series that will be decided on total scores -- might have had something to do with that decision. But the weather conditions and the punishing nature of Seattle's artificial turf might also be a factor.
The Galaxy advances to the Dec. 1 MLS Cup final by simply hanging to some part of the 3-0 advantage it will take into the second match. With Houston defeating D.C. United in the Eastern Conference final earlier Sunday, the Galaxy's superior regular-season record would give it the right to play host to the championship game Dec. 1 at the Home Depot Center.
The Galaxy beat Houston, 1-0, in last fall's MLS Cup on the same field.
Donovan exited the first match with Seattle last week in the 84th minute with tightness in a hamstring. He didn't train during the week, with Coach Bruce Arena calling his availability a game-time decision.