Davy Arnaud went more than two months without putting a ball in the back of the net.
But his scoring stroke came back just in time to lift the Kansas City Wizards into Major League Soccer's championship game.
Arnaud scored two goals Friday night, leading Kansas City to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference final.
"We need Davy big time, especially down the stretch," said forward Josh Wolff, who assisted on Arnaud's first goal. "He's come up big for us all year."
Bo Oshoniyi got his second shutout in three playoff games for the Wizards, who will play for the MLS Cup on Nov. 14 in Carson, Calif.
The two-goal performance in the Western Conference final broke a 10-game drought in MLS play for Arnaud, who had not scored since the second half of a 2-1 win over New England on Aug. 21. He also went without a goal in two subsequent U.S. Open Cup games.
"That has never been mentioned to him here," Kansas City Coach Bob Gansler said. "The only ones mentioning that to him are you guys in the media."
Kansas City is back in the title game for the first time since 2000, when the Wizards beat Chicago, 1-0, in their first MLS Cup appearance. They will face the winner of Saturday's Eastern Conference final between New England and D.C. United.
After winning the U.S. Open Cup last month, the Wizards have a chance for the first double in team history.
Los Angeles, which won the 2002 MLS Cup, was trying to get back to the championship game after finishing last in the conference in 2003. But for the third time since 1998, the Galaxy will watch two other teams play for the title on their home field.
"It's frustrating when you can't reward your fans with a title game there," goalkeeper Kevin Hartman said.
Kansas City's aggressive attack led to two early offside calls -- but then paid off with Arnaud's first goal in the 24th minute.
Wolff's pass found Arnaud alone at the top of the penalty area, and he rolled the ball through Hartman's legs.
"It was a great ball at the right time," Arnaud said. "I didn't really have to do a lot. I just had to get the ball on target."
Arnaud also beat Hartman badly on his second goal, in the 69th minute. He took a pass from Alex Zotinca in the penalty area, dribbled around the sprawling goalkeeper and fired a shot from just inside the end line that glanced off defender Danny Califf's foot on its way into the goal.
"The speed of Arnaud and Josh caused us problems," said Galaxy Coach Steve Sampson, who took over when Sigi Schmid was fired in August. "You've got to give them credit -- they did a very good job of isolating those players."
Oshoniyi made three saves in his seventh shutout in MLS play and eighth of the year. He entered the season as Tony Meola's backup but became Kansas City's starter when the MLS career shutout leader developed Achilles' tendinitis.