It’s the big day, as Los Angeles Football Club host the LA Galaxy in the MLS playoffs. If you’re a little hazy on following the Galaxy (no judgment!) we welcome back Mike Gray of SB Nation’s Galaxy site LAG Confidential to answer a few questions about the opponent. Many thanks to Mike for taking the time to answer my questions!
Angels on Parade asks LAG Confidential:
1. Are the Galaxy playing with house money now in the playoffs or are they truly expected to win it all this year?
House money. As promising as the Galaxy attack has looked since Cristian Pavon’s arrival, the duo of manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto and general manager Dennis te Kloese are in year one of a rebuilding project. There’s always the possibility this could be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s last match, but unless his body rejects the challenge there’s nothing preventing Ibra from returning.
Additionally as mentioned in our match preview, Thursday, big as it is, feels like a playoff game more than an all-out traditional El Trafico. Which in a way is a good thing: The football will take center stage.
2. Schelotto used four center backs last game, and it worked. Are the defensive issues fixed?
The Galaxy back line was successful but also lucky on Sunday. Fullbacks Dave Romney and Giancarlo Gonzalez provided nothing going forward and LA couldn’t establish a rhythm in attack while only disastrous finishing from Minnesota United prevented the Galaxy from conceding on multiple occasions.
3. Last time these teams played, the Galaxy faded hard in the second half. Do they have the stamina to stay with LAFC for 90 (or even 120) minutes?
While you might expect LA to benefit from playing recently while LAFC’s been on an extended break, fatigue will play a major role. In the Galaxy’s favor is the ability to bring multiple attackers off the bench should the team needs goals. Favio Alvarez has torched LAFC on the counterattack and Romain Alessandrini is a game changing super-sub.
That being said, the Galaxy would prefer to end the match during regulation.
You can find my answers to Mike’s questions on LAG Confidential.
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