LA Galaxy must defend lead against Seattle Sounders Sunday

Stephen Dunn

"We've been the best team in the league since July," said Bruce Arena. "I'm glad nobody noticed."

The LA Galaxy are 90 minutes away from clinching a spot in the 2012 MLS Cup, after a long and grueling regular season. They had to play extra games in the CONCACAF Champions League, and they had to play in the play in game just to get into the MLS Playoffs. Yet, here they are.

Robbie Keane has scored four goals in four matches, including his brace against the Seattle Sounders to give the Galaxy a 3-0 advantage in the series. While he did not finish as a finalist for MLS MVP, the LA Galaxy team MVP has been such a key component of the Galaxy's offensive resurgence.

"We've been the best team in the league since July," said Bruce Arena. "I'm glad nobody noticed."

Statistics are on the Galaxy's side; since 2008 the team that won the first leg in a two legged MLS series has moved on 76.9% of the time. However, this year with the Conference Champions being double legged as well may discredit the validity of that figure.

Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid have 25 and 21 playoff wins between them, MLS's winningest coaches at this stage. The two coaches have met three times in the playoffs. Arena has won all three of those matches.

Will things hold and the LA Galaxy go on to their third MLS Cup in four years? Time will tell.

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