MLS Playoffs: Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake in knockout round

The third-seeded Galaxy will host sixth-seeded Real Salt Lake, Wednesday night at StubHub Center (7:30 p.m.; UniMas).

Here is an early look at the series:

The teams faced each other twice in the regular season.

April 23 at StubHub Center

Galaxy 5, Real Salt Lake 2: This was the fourth game of the season for the Galaxy. Juan galaxyManuel Martinez opened the scoring for RSL in the 16th minute. The Galaxy then responded with four consecutive goals (Zardes- 19th; Magee -26th, Boateng -41 and dos Santos- 45) for a 4-1 lead.

Sept. 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium

Galaxy 3, Real Salt Lake 3: This is one of the more frustrating games for the Galaxy. They scored first and after a pair of Giovani dos Santos goals (58th and 64th minutes) the Galaxy led 3-1. RSL scored in the 67th minute (Joao Plata) and Juan Manuel Martinez scored the equalizer in the 94th minute.

Key player to watch:

Giovani dos Santos. In two games, during the regular season dos Santos has three goals and two assists against RSL.

Joao Plata. Plata leads RSL in goals (nine) and assists (11).


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