Friday, November 26, 2021

What Galaxy and LAFC must do to secure MLS playoff spots

Win and they are in the game.

This is a playoff scenario in which Galaktika is heading to the final day of the MLS regular season on Sunday when they host Minnesota United.

“We are at home, in front of our fans, in our stadium,” said coach Greg Vanni. “When we control our destiny here, we feel good.”

Things are a little more complicated for LAFC. He has to win his game in Colorado, hope Real Salt won’t win at Sporting Kansas City, and then he needs Vancouver to lose to Seattle. This will require a lot of looking at the scoreboard when all three games start at the same time.

But none of these results will matter if LAFC doesn’t take care of its own business first.

“Everything you can play for,” said coach Bob Bradley. “We certainly understand the situation. We have to take care of three points. We now know we have a chance to go to Colorado, win the game, maybe take a break or two, and then make the playoffs with real momentum. “

Eleven teams will enter the busiest Decision Day in MLS history, aiming to secure a postseason spot, while six others will play for the home field advantage in the playoffs. In just three out of 13 games, both teams will have nothing to play for.

“The number of games that have something is really unique,” ​​Vanni said. “It’s not usually that tense. Every game makes sense. It makes the day crazy. “

The top seven teams from each conference will play in the postseason, and Galaktika (13-12-8), which will air Sunday 7th, hasn’t been below the playoff line all season. The top four Western Conference teams are locked out, but with the top three – Seattle, Sporting, Kansas City and Colorado – split by just one point, Sunday’s results will determine which one gets a first-round goodbye and home field advantage. after that.

Portland finish fourth and open the postseason at home, but the next five teams are separated by three points, leaving each with the prospect of either continuing or returning home.

Galaxy striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez reacts to defeat at Austin on 26 September.

(Michael Thomas / The Associated Press)

The galaxy is heading for the finish line. Having won seven of their first 10 games, Vanni’s squad has since gone 6-9-8 with just two wins since August 14.

And here’s another bad omen for a team in need of a final day win: Galaxy hasn’t ended its regular season with a win since 2012.

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“We are in an excellent position. We can go to the playoffs. Another game at home, ”said Javier“ Chicharito ”Hernandez, the team’s top scorer, in Spanish.

“This is a football game – 11 versus 11. We will not play against aliens. And we don’t need to be superheroes to win. It will be a great game between two teams looking to make the playoffs. “

If the Galaxy, which comes into play healthy, hesitates again, they can also advance with a draw, but the math there is frightening and difficult, requiring, in various scenarios, losing to Vancouver Seattle, Los Angeles to lose or draw in Colorado and Real Salt Lake. -City. lose or draw in Kansas City.

How Galaxy and LAFC make the playoffs


They beat Minnesota United

They drew Minnesota, And Vancouver lost to Seattle, and Real Salt Lake didn’t beat Sporting Kansas City.


They will draw Minnesota and Vancouver will lose to Seattle and the LAFC will not beat Colorado.


They are losing to Minnesota and Real Salt Lakes are not beating Sporting, Kansas City, and LAFC is not beating Colorado.


Will clinch if Colorado wins AND Seattle wins Vancouver


Real Salt Lake didn’t beat Sporting Kansas City

Meanwhile, the LAFC has spent just one day above the playoff line since mid-August, but is making it into the season finale as one of the hottest teams in the MLS, with a six-game unbeaten streak that put it in the thick of a postseason invite.
And LAFC, which has been struggling with injuries of significant players all season, will again be in short supply, having conceded midfielder Eduard Atuest with an ankle injury.

“The goal is clear,” said captain Carlos Vela in Spanish, who missed 14 games with a hamstring problem. “This club is used to fighting, at least, for a ticket to the playoffs. We have a chance, so we embark on a final search for this.

“What is in our hands is victory in our game, and after that the question is about other results.”

Sunday’s win will leave LAFC (12-12-9) with a three tiebreaker advantage: wins, goal difference and total goals.

Both Galaxy and LAFC go further, if LAFC wins, Vancouver loses, Real Salt Lake does no better than a draw, and Galaxy does no worse than a draw.

In the Eastern Conference, New England secured an advantage in the first round of the goodbye and home after that, but the next nine teams, grouped within nine points of each other, are fighting to either make the top 7 and advance to the playoffs. , or make money. a chance to open the postseason at home.

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