Galaxy and Colorado start time set for 2 p.m. Sunday

The Galaxy will host Colorado in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal series, Sunday at 2 p.m. It was announced Thursday night.

The game will be televised by ESPN. galaxy

The Galaxy and Colorado met three times this season. The Galaxy went 0-1-2, scoring only one goal. Colorado scored just two.

The second leg will take place Nov. 6 in Colorado.

The Rapids are the second seed in the West. The Galaxy is the third seed.

Here is Sunday’s complete schedule for the first leg of the semifinals.

New York at Montreal, noon, ESPN

Colorado at Galaxy, 2 p.m., ESPN

New York City FC at Toronto FC, 4 p.m., FS1

FC Dallas at Seattle, 6:30 p.m., FS1

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Landon Donovan on Emmanuel Boateng’s special night

Emmanuel Boateng took over Wednesday’s knockout round game against Real Salt Lake, scoring two goals in an eight-minute span and thoroughly dominating RSL defenders all night.

Landon Donovan had this to say about the youngster:

On Boateng’s first goal

“If Messi scored a goal like that, people would be talking about it for weeks. It was an unbelievable goal.”

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On Boateng’s performance

“The second goal was just as good in some ways. Guys have been telling me since I’ve been back that he has that in him. I think he felt probably a little guilty about the penalty, even though it was a little soft, but he was terrific and we need him to play like that.”

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100 Percent Soccer: LA Galaxy plays game of season Wednesday at same time as Lakers’ season opener, but how many fans noticed?

L.A. Galaxy’s Emmanuel Boateng(24) gets the ball past Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando,(18) for the goal in the Western Conference, host sixth-seeded Real Salt Lake in an MLS Knockout Round showdown in  Carson CA. Wednesday, October 26, 2016. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

L.A. Galaxy’s Emmanuel Boateng(24) gets the ball past Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando,(18) for the goal in the Western Conference, host sixth-seeded Real Salt Lake in an MLS Knockout Round showdown in Carson CA. Wednesday, October 26, 2016. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

It was good to see the Galaxy rouse themselves from their wretched form of late led by an inspirational performance by live wire Emmanuel Boateng, who scored two impressive goals in the playoff knockout game Wednesday at Stubhub Center against Real Salt Lake.

But the Galaxy were done no favors by the timing of the game.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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MLS Cup Playoffs: Galaxy opens playoffs tonight against Real Salt Lake

The Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake in the knockout round tonight at StubHub Center.galaxy

The teams met twice in the regular season. The Galaxy won the first match 5-2 and then they played to a 3-3 draw in September.

The Galaxy finished third in the Western Conference. Real Salt Lake finished sixth. Last year, the Galaxy lost in the knockout round on the road against Seattle.

The Galaxy has been strong all season, with just one loss in MLS games and one in the U.S. Open Cup. RSL has lost 11 road games.

Will tonight have a different ending?

Game day links:

Galaxy looking for MLS Playoff knockout vs. RSL

 

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Giovani dos Santos selected Galaxy player of the year

The vote for Galaxy player of the year went to the fans this year and they selected Giovani dos Santos.

Dos Santos scored 14 goals with 12 assists in 28 games for the Galaxy.

“He had a very good year obviously. His numbers tell you that. He had 14 goals on the year

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and a number of assists. He had a good year and grew as a player,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It’s his first year playing regularly…in his career, I think. And hopefully he continues to get better.  But he had a much improved year and he’s gotten acclimated to our city, our club and our league and hopefully he continues to get better.”

Jelle Van Damme was selected Defender of the Year. In his first year with the club and Major League Soccer, Van Damme made 28 starts and helped lead the Galaxy defense to a stingy 39 goals allowed.

Gyasi Zardes was selected Humanitarian of the Year. Jack McBean was the LA Galaxy II Player of the Year and goalkeeper Clement Diop was picked LA Galaxy II Defender of the Year. Lee Nishanian was selected LA Galaxy II Humanitarian of the Year.

Ethan Zubak was the LA Galaxy Academy player of the year.

 

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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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Galaxy notes: Lineup changes are coming for Sunday’s regular season finale

The Galaxy wraps up the regular season Sunday against FC Dallas. While the game means a lot for FC Dallas (they’re in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield), things are the opposite for the Galaxy.

The Galaxy is locked into the third-seed and will be home for the knockout-round, Oct. 26 galaxyor 27.

Bruce Arena that the lineup that he sends out will have a different look.

“Clearly, we’ll play a few different players, how many remains to be seen,” he said Wednesday.

Three players we will likely not see are Robbie Keane (hip flexor), Steven Gerrard (hamstring) and Gyasi Zardes (foot). Keane and Gerrard stayed behind and didn’t make the trip to Houston last week. Zardes has been rehabbing from his foot surgery.

“They’re making progress,” Arena said. “When they’re able to get back in remains to be seen.”

 

 

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Jack McBean earns first team All-USL honors

Galaxy II forward Jack McBean, who’s currently on loan with Coventry City, was selected to All-USL first team, Tuesday.

McBean, 21, scored 15 goals with two assists in 17 games for Galaxy II. He finished the season tied for second the USL’s Golden Boot race.

McBean joined the senior club and made four appearances. He has scored six goals for the Coventry City U-23 team.

 

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Galaxy wrap: Alan Gordon’s goal just enough for the Galaxy

By no means was it pretty, but it was memorable and just enough for the Galaxy.

Alan Gordon’s 72nd minute goal snapped a scoreless tie and proved to be enough to give the Galaxy a 1-0 victory on the road over Houston. The Galaxy caught a huge break on the goal with Houston defender David Horst actually playing the ball into Gordon’s direction.

The goal came on Gordon’s 35th birthday.

With the victory, the Galaxy improves to 51 points. They remain in third place and clinches a home match in the knockout round (Oct. 26 or 27).

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