However, by the 13th minute of Leg 2, the 2001 MLS Cup champions and 2003 Supporters' Shield runners up were on life support, staring down a 4-0 aggregate-goal deficit.
But that was only the beginning of the story on one of the greatest, wildest nights in Audi MLS Cup Playoffs history.
Starting at 8 pm ET on Monday, you can relive this MLS Classic with a live YouTube broadcast as part of MLSsoccer.com's ongoing series of all-time great games. This California Clasico broadcast is also en español.
Starting lineups for the match can be found below.
San Jose Earthquakes: Pat Onstad -- Jeff Agoos, Eddie Robinson, Craig Waibel, Troy Dayak -- Brian Mullan, Richard Mulrooney, Ronnie Ekelund, Manny Lagos -- Landon Donovan, Jamil Walker
LA Galaxy: Kevin Hartman -- Danny Califf, Hong Myung Bo, Tyrone Marshall, Cobi Jones -- Peter Vagenas, Sasha Victorine, Arturo Torres, Simon Elliott -- Alejandro Moreno, Carlos Ruiz