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 can clinch playoff berth Sunday against Seattle

The Galaxy (11-4-15, 48 points) can clinch a berth in the upcoming MLS Playoffs with a victory against the Seattle Sounders, Sunday at StubHub Center (1 p.m.; ESPN).

The Galaxy is current in second place in the Western Conference. The Sounders are in seventh place, five points outside the sixth and final spot, currently held by Sporting Kansas City (40 points).

This will be the third meeting this season between the teams. The Galaxy is 1-0-1.

Toronto FC is the lone team that has clinched a playoff berth so far.

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Galaxy game day: Playoff seeding comes down to Decision Day

Graphic by Thuc Nhi Nguyen // LANG

Graphic by Thuc Nhi Nguyen // LANG

It all comes down to this.

It’s Decision Day and by 6 p.m. tonight, we’ll finally know how the playoff seeding shakes out. The situation remains the same for the Galaxy: Win and you’re in. A win at Sporting Kansas City gives L.A. the No. 2 seed and that coveted first-round bye. A win could drop them as far as fifth.

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LA Galaxy game day: Fight for playoff seeding in full force

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff photographer

The Galaxy control their own destiny when it comes to clinching a first-round bye in the MLS Playoffs. If they win at least one of their final two games, then they will avoid a knockout round. But after that, getting that second seed in the Western Conference gets complicated.

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