Western Conference Semifinals: Leg 2
Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Rio Tinto Stadium
Kick-off: 6:00 p.m
The LA Galaxy is 90 minutes away from advancing to the Western Conference Final for the fifth consecutive year. With Sean Franklin’s spectacular goal, the Galaxy is taking a 1-0 lead into Rio Tinto Stadium, where Real Salt Lake will have to defeat LA to keep their hopes of winning the MLS Cup alive.
The Galaxy could have taken a multi-goal lead to Utah, but at the end of the day, LA only has a 1-0 advantage. Uncharacteristic misses in front of goal by Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane kept this series close, but there is still plenty of time to be played.
On Sunday the backline led by Jaime Penedo kept a clean sheet, the Galaxy’s fourth in five games. The Galaxy has given up only six goals in the past nine games, a big improvement from earlier this season. The backline’s good moment will be put to the test on Thursday night at Rio Tinto, especially early in the game.
At Rio Tinto Stadium the Galaxy had one victory and one defeat during the regular season. The victory RSL had against LA in June was the only one they had against the Galaxy in three games played so far. At home, RSL had a 10-3-4 record in the regular season, scoring 31 goals and allowing 16. On the road the Galaxy struggled, going 4-9-4 with a -9 goal differential. While the statistics, weather, and altitude seem to provide a home field advantage for RSL, in the past the Galaxy has overcome similar difficult situations.
THIS IS LA!
Aggregate: LA Galaxy 1-0 Real Salt Lake