(Darryl Dyck / Associated Press / August 24, 2013) Also By Jim Peltz October 5, 2013, 5:35 p.m. Before the Galaxy can win its third consecutive Major League Soccer championship, the team first has to get into the playoffs. With four games left in the regular season, that’s by no means guaranteed. Unable to build any momentum in recent games, the Galaxy finds itself in a logjam in the MLS Western Conference, with eight of its nine teams still in playoff contention. The top five teams in the standings after the regular season make the playoffs, and the only club that’s not in contention is last-place Chivas USA (6-17-8), which the Galaxy plays Sunday at StubHub Center. Entering Saturday’s play, the Galaxy (13-11-6) was tied with the Colorado Rapids for fourth place with 45 points. That was only six points behind the two teams tied for first place, Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders, and four points behind the third-place Portland Timbers. And the San Jose Earthquakes , Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas were five points or less behind the Galaxy and Colorado. With a win worth three points to each club, the standings could change quickly in the next few weeks. As Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas told the team’s website last week, “We have to get points because we’re very close to [playoff] heaven and yet very close to hell.” This will be the Galaxy’s third and final game of the regular season against Chivas USA whose home venue also is StubHub Center in what’s dubbed the SuperClasico series. The Galaxy is the designated home team for this 2 p.m.
Donovan ties for the all-time MLS scoring record. Robbie Keane scores in Galaxy’s 5-0 win over Chivas USA. By Jim Peltz October 6, 2013, 6:13 p.m. The Galaxy couldn’t have scripted Sunday’s game much better. Needing a victory to stay firmly in Major League Soccer ‘s playoff race, the reigning MLS champion prevailed in game it was expected to win by beating last-place Chivas USA , 5-0, at StubHub Center. The Galaxy’s goals came early and often despite the 92-degree temperature at game time. The Galaxy’s star forwards, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane , each scored twice and Gyasi Zardes also scored. Also Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena suspended for game against Chivas USA Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham for the MLS all-time scoring record of 134 regular-season goals. Donovan, speaking about holding the record outright with his next goal, said “it would be nice to get it and get it out of the way so that there’s no attention on it.” He added: I would trade, maybe not all of them, but most of them for another championship ring.” When the game ended, the Galaxy was tied with the Colorado Rapids for fourth place with 48 points in the Western Conference. The two teams were only four points behind first-place Real Salt Lake , three points behind second-place Seattle and one point behind third-place Portland, which was playing Vancouver on Sunday night. The top five teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs. The Galaxy, seeking its third consecutive MLS championship, has three games left in the regular season. This was the third and final game of the regular season between the Galaxy and Chivas USA, which share StubHub Center as their home venue, in what’s known as the “SuperClasico” series. The Galaxy overwhelmed Chivas USA despite the absence of Coach Bruce Arena, who was suspended for the game for leaving the coach’s area during an argument at the previous weekend’s game against Portland. With Dave Sarachan, the team’s associate coach, at the helm, the Galaxy scored in the sixth minute when Keane, standing just inside the six-yard box, took a pass from Donovan and rolled the ball past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
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