CARSON, Calif. – Mike Magee scored on a pass from Robbie Keane in the 83rd minute, and the Los Angeles Galaxy hurt Seattle’s playoff position with a 1-0 victory over the Sounders on Sunday night in the MLS regular-season finale.
Los Angeles already was locked into fourth place in the Western Conference. The Galaxy will host the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday night in a one-game knockout playoff for the right to face top-seeded San Jose in the conference semifinals.
The loss left Seattle in third place in the West with 56 points, allowing Real Salt Lake to finish second with 57 points.
A win or tie would have put the Sounders into the second slot, but Salt Lake will have home-field advantage in the second game of their conference semifinal against the Sounders.
Magee’s goal was just the 15th allowed in 21 games by Michael Gspurning, the Sounders’ Austrian goalie. Seattle allowed just 33 goals this season, fewest in the West.