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CARSON, Calif. — Carlos Ruiz and Tyrone Marshall scored in the first half to help the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 Saturday night and advance to the Western Conference final with a 2-1 win in the home-and-home, total-goals series.

The Rapids beat the Galaxy 1-0 Oct. 22 in Denver, but Los Angeles quickly erased that deficit. After hitting the crossbar twice in the first 20 minutes, the Galaxy scored in the 30th when Ruiz beat goalkeeper Joe Cannon from right in front of the goal.

The decisive second goal came in the third minute of stoppage time in the first half. Chris Albright's header went off Rapids defender Ricky Lewis to Marshall, who scored on a short-range shot.

The Galaxy will play at Kansas City on Friday night in the conference final. Los Angeles is trying to advance to its fifth MLS Cup — the Galaxy won their lone title in 2002. This year's MLS Cup will be played Nov. 14 in Carson.

Kansas City went 2-0-2 against Los Angeles during the regular season.

WIZARDS 3, EARTHQUAKES 0: At Kansas City, Jack Jewsbury's goal in injury time gave Kansas City a win over the San Jose Earthquakes, sending the Wizards to the Western Conference final with a 3-2 victory in the home-and-home, total-goals series.

After losing 2-0 to the Earthquakes last Sunday, Kansas City appeared to have at least forced overtime when it led 2-0 late in the second half of the rematch. Then, in the second minute of injury time, Jewsbury received a pass from Igor Simutenkov just outside the penalty area and shot the ball in off the left post.

The Wizards will host the conference final against either Los Angeles or Colorado on Friday night.

Khari Stephenson also scored for Kansas City on Saturday, and San Jose's Brian Ching's own goal tied the series in the 48th minute.

UNITED 2, METROSTARS 0: At Washington, Jaime Moreno and Bryan Namoff scored late in the second half to help D.C. United beat the MetroStars and advance to the Eastern Conference final.

Freddy Adu had an assist in his first career playoff appearance for D.C., which won the home-and-home, total-goals series 4-0. United beat the MetroStars 2-0 last Saturday night in East Rutherford, N.J.

Adu entered in the 79th minute and quickly helped United take the lead. He used his speed to beat the MetroStars' defense down the left side and played a perfect pass to the far post, where Moreno scored into an open net in the 85th minute.