Playoff picture as cloudy as ever

first_img The Galaxy’s various playoff scenarios are as follows: It can finish second with a victory over the Earthquakes and a Dallas loss to the Wizards. Such a result would mean a road game either next Saturday or Sunday, depending on national television, in the first of a two-game set. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week If the Galaxy ties Dallas for second in the West, Dallas has the tiebreaker based on regular-season goal differential. Dallas has scored 50 goals and allowed 42 for plus eight. Los Angeles, with 43 goals for and 42 against, is at plus one. The Galaxy then would finish in third place and be at home in next weekend’s playoff opener. If the Galaxy and Colorado tie, Colorado (40 goals for and 37 against) would get the edge on goal differential (plus three to plus one) and host Dallas next weekend. The Galaxy would wind up fourth in the West and host San Jose. “Everyone’s been talking about playoff positioning and what-not,’ Galaxy midfielder Pete Vagenas said. “It’s sort of out of our hands. But at the same time, we’re playing a team in our home that we’re more than likely to face at some point of the playoffs. We need to keep setting the tone that they’re not going to win in our building, and it’s important that we play well so that it’s in the back of their minds that they still haven’t won here (this season).’ The Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes, 2-1, at Home Depot Center on May 21. “That being said,’ Vagenas continued, “second place is still up for grabs. If we get three points, then obviously it’s a huge game for us because we want second place.’ Galaxy coach Steve Sampson said his team’s approach today will be no different than at any point this season, despite the added urgency and muddled playoff picture. “Certainly, a win could potentially put us in second place, which would give us home-field advantage in the first round and possibly the second round, depending on what happens,’ he said. “It’s up to us to try and keep the same mentality and to play to win.’ Larry Morgan can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It’s the final weekend of the regular season, and the Galaxy still is wondering where it will be in next week’s first round of the Major League Soccer playoffs. The Western Conference, aside from today’s opponent at Home Depot Center, the San Jose Earthquakes, is a mess. Second-place FC Dallas has 47 points, followed by the Galaxy and Colorado Rapids with 45 each. The Rapids closed out their season with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, and FC Dallas hosts Kansas City at 5 tonight. last_img

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