Clint Dempsey had a goal and assist in the first half to give Seattle a 2-1 win, but Juninho's tiebreaking road goal early in the second half sent the Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS Cup final for the ninth time in franchise history. Their Western Conference final late Sunday with the Sounders ended 2-2 on aggregate. Road goals were used as a tiebreaker in the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time this season, and Los Angeles used it to the full advantage after a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the conference finals last weekend. The Galaxy will go for their fifth MLS title. Los Angeles will host the Eastern Conference champion New England Revolution in the final Sunday.
Thierry Henry, unable to lead the New York Red Bulls to the team's first championship, is leaving Major League Soccer after 41/2 seasons. The 37-year-old French star made the announcement Monday, two days after the Red Bulls lost the Eastern Conference final to the Revolution. With the Galaxy's Landon Donovan retiring after the MLS Cup final, the league is losing its two biggest stars.
ARENA FOOTBALL The Soul have agreed to a one-year deal with third-year defensive back James Romain (Delaware State).