Edson Buddle floated a long shot over Kasey Keller and into the top left corner midway through the 38th minute on Sunday, giving the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday in the first game of Major League Soccer's Western Conference semifinals.
Buddle got his third career playoff goal and his first with the Galaxy. His 17 regular-season goals were second in MLS this year.
Los Angeles, winner of the Supporters Shield for best record in the league, will host the second game in the two-game aggregate-goals series is next Sunday in Carson, Calif.
Defender Omar Gonzalez started the Galaxy's scoring play with a short pass to Buddle, who launched a shot from 30 yeards out that went just over Keller's outstretched hands.