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MLS Review. Quarter Finals, leg 2, day 2 (abridged).

I don't know the rules of this game Beckham and Henry are about to start playing, but I bet it's awesome.
I don't know the rules of this game Beckham and Henry are about to start playing, but I bet it's awesome.

Well the LA/New York game looked like it might be really good with early goals, feistiness and a crazied up Luke Rodgers, but it was all a bit dull in the end wasn't it. Brad Davis and David Beckham did what they've been doing all year and Robbie Keane did his best Chad Barrett impression, here once again to take us through it is the excellent Partially Obstructed View's James Grossi.

Houston Dynamo v Philadelphia Union 1-0 (Aggregate 3-1)

A first half injury time header from Brian Ching was all Houston needed to reinforce their one-goal lead - after a 2-1 win in Philadelphia on Sunday - to take the match 1-0 and the series 3-1 in the final match at Robertson Stadium.

Yet another set-piece delivery from Brad Davis, after Carlos Valdes needlessly fouled Calen Carr on the left-flank in the third minute of first half time added on, found the Captain Ching breaking away from his marker to prod the game-winner home.

Ching has been a stalwart for the franchise ever since they moved from San Jose after the 2005 season. It was Ching who opened the club's spell at Robertson with a four-goal output in their first match back in April of 2006, and it was only fitting that he be the one to finish it.

The Union continued to tinker with their starting eleven - the bane of the clubs' consistency all season has been the constant shuffling - subsequently they could not maintain possession and barely tested the Dynamo keeper on the night.

Lessons learned on the trials of the playoffs by a young side ripe with potential should serve Philadelphia well, while Houston move on to their fourth semifinal (conference final) in the last six years - having missed the playoffs last season and falling out in the quarterfinals (conference semis) in 2008 - unbeaten in their last eight matches, where they will meet the side that handed them that most recent defeat - Kansas City - at the ground where it was dealt.

Los Angeles Galaxy v New York Red Bulls 2-1 (Agg. 3-1)

Despite a nervous opening that saw New York level the tie through a quick Luke Rodgers goal setup by Thierry Henry, Los Angeles held firm under the challenge and came out the victors both on the night - 2-1, and in the series 3-1.

That Rodgers goal was cancelled out by a Mike Magee header in the forty-second minute of play, when the former Red Bull beat Dane Richards to the near-post to turn a David Beckham corner kick into the net.

Beckham was a man possessed on the night, fighting through pre-match back spasms and a jolting collision with Richards, to put in the masterful sort of performance that has contributed to his international stardom.

Without Juninho - suspended for the match, as was Marquez, for their part in the shenanigans at the end of the first leg - New York bossed the midfield until their water-carrier Teemu Tainio was forced off with a hamstring strain, allowing Beckham to take over the game.

Landon Donovan sealed the evening by converting a penalty kick won by Beckham. Impatience and frustration got the best of Roy Miller, who shoved and kicked the Galaxy star giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.

Los Angeles continued their unbeaten season at home, and the path to the MLS Cup consists of two more matches at the HDC. First they meet Salt Lake in the semifinals (Western Conference Final), before MLS Cup is held at their home ground at the end of November.

Houston v Philadelphia 1-0 (Aggregate 3-1); Los Angeles v New York 2-1 (Agg. 3-1).

Extended Review of the night's action can be found here.