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Live Blog: LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

09 November 2014: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho (19) and Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saboru (15) vie for a header during the Western Conference Semifinal game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 5-0. (Photo by Wally Caddow/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)

Bruce Arena’s LA Galaxy and Jeff Cassar’s Real Salt Lake clash on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout Round. A Galaxy win means LA face the Colorado Rapids, while RSL face FC Dallas should they pull off the scalp. The match preview, from MLSSoccer.com.

LA Galaxy Snapshot

  • 2016 Regular Season Finish: West No. 3 seed (12-6-16 record, 52 pts / 8-1-8 home record)
  • Current Form: D-W-L-L-D
  • Strengths: Experience, star power, combined with a club with considerable recent experience winning MLS Cup (2011, 2012, 2014).
  • Weaknesses: Inconsistency, injuries, suspensions throughout the season
  • Injuries/Suspensions: Gyasi Zardes (foot) – status unknown; Steven Gerrard (hamstring) – status unknown; Robbie Keane (undisclosed injury) – status unknown
  • Player to Watch: Giovani dos Santos: Galaxy’s MVP candidate will be called upon to raise his game in MLS to even greater heights
  • Probable Starting XI: Brian Rowe; Robbie Rogers, AJ DeLaGarza, Jelle Van Damme, Ashley Cole; Baggio Husidic, Jeff Larentowicz; Landon Donovan, Giovani dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget; Robbie Keane

Real Salt Lake Snapshot

  • 2016 Regular Season Finish: West No. 6 seed (12-12-10 record, 46 pts / 4-11-2 away record)
  • Current Form: L-D-L-D-L
  • Strengths: Experience through the spine of the team, combined with balanced play; At their best, entire team plays good defense and is involved in numbers in attack.
  • Weaknesses: Inability to score in final months of season; No wins since Aug. 24.
  • Injuries/Suspensions: Aaron Maund (toe) — Out; Jeff Attinella (elbow) — Out; Emery Welshman (hip) — Out; Yura Movsisyan (heel) — Probable
  • Player to Watch: Joao Plata: The diminuitive attacker has been capable of carrying RSL’s attack at times. They may need that kind of effort out of him against LA.
  • Probable Starting XI: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Justen Glad, Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland, Sunny Stephen; Juan Manuel Martinez, Yura Movsisyan, Joao Plata

Match Essentials:

Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Matthew Nelson (AR1-bench); Brian Dunn (AR2-opposite)
4th Official: Kevin Stott

LA vs. RSL Head-to-Head
All-Time (33 meetings):
LA Galaxy 13 wins, 51 goals • Real Salt Lake 12 wins, 53 goals • Ties 8
All-Time Playoff Meetings:
LA 3 wins • Real Salt Lake 1 win • Ties 1
All-Time in LA (17 meetings):
LA Galaxy 10 wins, 29 goals • Real Salt Lake 6 wins, 26 goals • Ties 1
2016 Meetings (2 meetings):
LA 5, RSL 2 (Apr. 23); RSL 3, LA 3 (Sept. 7)

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET. The Live Blog begins at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Keep it right here on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer, for more world football news. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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