The LA Galaxy has a chance to be the first team in the MLS to win three straight consecutive titles. However, for this season, the Galaxy has to get past Real Salt Lake in the semi-finals. The matchup is pretty even, but Real has the home field advantage for this playoff series.
In the last five years, the Galaxy and Salt Lake have met twice in the MLS playoffs. The first was in the 2009 MLS Finals in which Salt Lake won on penalties. The second was in 2011 when the Galaxy won 3-1 in the Western Conference finals.
Their overall record is in favor of Real Salt Lake. The team from Utah leads the overall record with 10 victories, while the Galaxy has nine victories. There are also five ties between the two teams, making the total matches equal to 24.
At home, the Galaxy holds the upper hand against Salt Lake. The Galaxy is 6-5-1 against Real, so the first leg, scheduled for Sunday at 6 pm, is in favor of the Angeleno team.
For this season, Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy have met three times. The Galaxy took two games, while Salt Lake took one.
On April 27, the Galaxy defeated Real 2-0 in Utah, while losing 3-1 on June 8. There was only one meeting in Los Angeles between the two, and the Galaxy won that game on August 17, with a score of 4-2, Robbie Keane had a hat trick for that match.
Key Players for Galaxy to Watch
Costa Rican forward Alvaro Saborio and Argentine midfielder Javier Morales are the key players to watch. Saborio leads Real in goals with 12 while Morales leads in assists with 10. Both have proven to be major players against the Angeleno team in the past.
Also, goalkeeper Nick Romano who has 82 saves for his club will bring veteran experience and will make it tough for Irish forward Robbie Keane to score.
However, Keane from the Galaxy has higher numbers than Alvaro and Morales in goals and assists. Keane is the guy for the Galaxy this season, plus Landon Donovan is not far behind.
The LA Galaxy is favored to win against Real Salt Lake, especially at home at the HubStub Center in Carson. Also, with Robbie Keane being the fourth placed in goal scorer in the MLS league, should also be an advantage for the Angeleno team.