By the numbers: LA and Seattle meet again in MLS Playoffs

Photo by Steve McCrank // Staff photographer; Design by Thuc Nhi Nguyen // LANG

Photo by Steve McCrank // Staff photographer; Design by Thuc Nhi Nguyen // LANG

Things we know for sure: Robbie Keane is doing just fine this season. The reigning MLS MVP has scored more goals this season (20) than he did last season, and did it in fewer games. After he scored the equalizer against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, ESPN broadcaster Adrian Healey asked on the broadcast: “Robbie Keane, where would they be without him?”

It’s probably best for the team to not even think about the answer to that question.

Sebastian Lletget is the next leading scorer on the team with just seven goals. Lletget hasn’t scored since Aug. 23 against New York City FC.

Other key numbers for tonight’s knockout round:

  • 3 straight winless road playoff games for the Galaxy. L.A. hasn’t won a road playoff game since 2012 against San Jose. That year, the team was the fourth seed in the Western Conference, but got hot in the playoffs to win the MLS Cup.
  • 8 straight undefeated games for the Sounders. Seattle is 4-0-4 in its past eight games, one of those draws coming against the Galaxy when Chad Barrett scored in stoppage time off a corner to equalize.
  • 2 Galaxy road wins this season. L.A. won back-to-back road games in August (against Colorado and FC Dallas) but haven’t won on the road since. The Galaxy are 2-9-6 this year away from StubHub Center.
  • 8 Galaxy shutouts this season, but only one coming since a 4-0 win on July 4 over Toronto.
  • 4 playoff wins for the Galaxy over Seattle since 2010. L.A. holds a 4-2-0 advantage over the Sounders in the playoffs and even those two losses felt like wins as the Galaxy advanced each time.
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