MLS Playoffs: LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA (Game 2)


Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy will play the second and deciding leg of their Western Conference semifinal series this afternoon (4:30 p.m. PT) after a sloppy 2-2 draw last Sunday.

Another 90-minute draw would lead to two 15-minute extra time session followed by penalty kicks if the stalemate persists.

In the first six years of the current Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs format, the first game of a two-game series has ended in a draw eight times, with the team that hosts the second leg going 5-2-1 in the deciding game.

The Goats, in their fourth consecutive postseason appearance, are looking to get out of the first round for the first time. Sacha Kljestan and Maykel Galindo are not as well known as David Beckham or Landon Donovan, but as a combination, they can be just as dangerous. However, the Galaxy are heavy favorites in this series after getting the top spot in the West.

If Becks and the gang can overcome Chivas, the 34-year-old English midfielder will be sticking around for the Western Conference championship. That means he would not be able to join England for its friendly against Brazil next week.

“I’d rather we progress in the playoffs more than anything,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “But everyone also knows how proud I am about playing for my country. Ideally, it would be great if it was separate, but it’s not.”

UPDATE: Donovan’s 73rd-minute penalty gave the Galaxy a 1-0 win over Chivas and a spot in the Major League Soccer Western Conference championship against Houston Dynamo.