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November 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM

VIDEO: San Jose, Levesque erase four-goal deficit in 2003

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Massive playoff comebacks are rare, but they can be done.

Sounders FC’s own Roger Levesque witnessed one from the bench in 2003. Then a rookie with San Jose, the Earthquakes erased a four-goal aggregate deficit against the Sigi Schmid-coached Los Angeles Galaxy in the conference semifinals.

Here’s the breakdown from Seattle’s weekly notes package:

The Quakes were beaten, 2-nil, by the L.A. Galaxy in the first leg, and then they fell behind 2-0 (4-0 on aggregate) after the first 13 minutes of the second leg at home. San Jose (with then-rookie Roger Levesque among those in uniform) began chipping away at the deficit, finally tying the score in 90th minute before winning in extra time, 5-4. The Quakes proceeded to win the conference final and championship game.

I’ve posted highlights of the wild second-leg above (thanks to SI’s Grant Wahl for finding the clip). You might recognize some guys if you can get past the non-HD quality, including LA’s Peter Vagenas and Tyrone Marshall.

Schmid was asked about his team’s collapse after practice Tuesday.

“I was hoping you weren’t going to bring that up,” Schmid joked.

Have you talked about that at all?

“No, we haven’t talked about that,” he said. “That was such a weird game. You’ve got a guy on the field who won (The Best Young Player) at the World Cup in 2002 and right before halftime he decides to pass the ball to Landon Donovan on a free kick and all of a sudden it’s (2-2) right before halftime … You could feel the game tip.

“I shared some stories with Frank Yallop after the game. I know what he said to the team and if we’re in that situation maybe I’ll do the same. But it wasn’t any great tactical plan. It was just, ‘Come on guys, we’ve got to win the ball and we’ve got to win our duels.’ For me, it’s just an example that everything’s possible.”

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