The LA Galaxy became the second MLS team this year and the third ever to reach the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with an authoritative 4-1 win against Herediano at the Home Depot Center on Wednesday.
The Galaxy played to a scoreless in the first leg in Costa Rica, so any win would have been good enough to advance. LA will face defending CONCACAF champions Monterrey in the semifinals early next month.
LA defender Omar Gonzalez opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a powerful header off a cross from Juninho. Despite needing a goal, Herediano lacked urgency. The Galaxy had much better chances throughout the match.
The insurance goal came in the 69th minute when Jose Villarreal took a pass from Sean Franklin, turned and fired a wonderful strike into the far-side netting.
Robbie Keane, who had been brilliant for LA all match, scored in the 83rd minute. After a pass from Michael Stephens, the Irishman beat goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero from a tight angle.
Elías Aguilar gave the Costa Rican team a glimmer of hope in the 85th minute with a left-footed volley. Jack McBean answered in stoppage time just before the final whistle. Stephens played a quick free kick to McBean, who caught the defense sleeping and shot just inside the far post.