It’s win or go home time here in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. On Sunday,, Nov. 6, Bruce Arena’s LA Galaxy will look to close the deal on Pablo Mastroeni’s Colorado Rapids. For the Rapids, a two-goal in will be enough and a 1-0 shutout win will force extra time. As for the Galaxy, any other result will tip the scales in their favor. The winner of this match takes on either FC Dallas, or the Seattle Sounders, who are leading 3-0 in their aggregate series. The preview, from MLSSoccer.com.
The LA Galaxy defended their turf by picking up a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the first leg of this series, and now the Rapids will need to win by the same margin or more if they wish to keep their season alive. That will require an improvement in the attack, as Colorado registered just one shot on goal in the first leg. The Galaxy can complicate matters for the Rapids with an away goal, but have to deal with the difficulty of playing at altitude.
Two players who will be talked about plenty are LA’s Robbie Keane and Colorado midfielder Jermaine Jones. Neither of the two grizzled veterans started in the opening leg, and their statuses for the decisive fixture remain question marks. Both are likely to see the field at some point, however, given their big-game experience and the fact that a trip to the Western Conference Finals is at stake.
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd (AR1), Joe Fletcher (AR2)
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids Head-to-Head
All-Time (71 Meetings)
LA 36 wins, 110 goals • Colorado 25 wins, 79 goals • Ties 10
All-Time Playoff Meetings (8 Meetings):
LA 7 wins, 15 goals • Colorado 1 win, 1 goal • Ties 0
All-Time in Colorado (35 meetings):
Colorado 17 wins, 46 goals • LA 12 wins, 41 goals • Ties 5
2016 Meetings (4 meetings):
COL 1, LA 0 (Mar. 12); LA 0, COL 0 (June 22); LA 1, COL 1 (Aug. 13), LA 1, COL 0 (Oct. 30).
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