MLS Playoffs: LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA (Game 1)

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Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy will meet this afternoon (5 p.m. ET) in Game 1 of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference semifinal at the teams’ shared stadium, the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Though the intracity rivals meet in fiery derby matches every year, they have never clashed in the playoffs.

This is Chivas’ fourth straight postseason appearance. The Galaxy are in the playoffs for the first time in four years, but they are heavy favorites after getting the top spot in the West. And watch out for David Beckham as he heads into his first MLS playoff series after his signing in 2007.

UPDATE: Striker Maykel Galindo scored in the 50th minute and Chivas rallied to tie the Galaxy 2-2 in the first game of their Western Conference semifinal series. The two teams will square off in the second and deciding leg of the series next Sunday.