Mike Magee scored the tying goal in the 69th minute, and Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick four minutes later, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps in a knockout playoff game Thursday night.
The defending MLS champion Galaxy will host the Earthquakes on Sunday night in Carson in the first leg of a home-and-home series. The second leg is Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Darren Mattocks scored in the fourth minute for fifth-seeded Vancouver, which had won just three of its last 17 matches.
But Los Angeles' stars finally came through. David Beckham's corner kick helped set up Magee's goal, and Donovan drew a penalty with a strong run to earn the go-ahead goal, the record 21st of his MLS playoff career.
San Jose won the Supporters' Shield as league's best regular-season team.
UCLA receiver Darius Bell was cleared to play against Arizona on Saturday. He suffered a broken rib and separated shoulder against Cal on Oct. 6.
The IOC opened an investigation that could result in Lance Armstrong losing his 2000 Olympic bronze medal. The IOC is looking into the Olympic involvement of Armstrong and other riders implicated in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report detailing "the most sophisticated and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Santa Rosa's Levi Leipheimer, a former Armstrong teammate, could have his 2008 bronze medal revoked. A key witness in the USADA's case against Armstrong, Leipheimer confessed to doping. In August, the IOC stripped Tyler Hamilton -- an ex-Armstrong teammate -- of his 2004 gold medal.
Jerzy Janowicz posted a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset of Andy Murray in the third round of the Paris Masters. The U.S. Open champion served for the match at 5-4 in the second set. Also, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic secured places for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after reaching the quarterfinals. They'll join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro at The O2 in London next week.
MCT Information Services contributed to this report.