The LA Galaxy are back in StubHub Center as the Western Conference Semifinals get underway on Sunday when Bruce Arena’s men host the Colorado Rapids in the first leg of their two-game aggregate series.
From here on out, away goals count in the playoffs, which is why it is imperative the Galaxy get a good result at home.
For the exception of Gyasi Zardes, Bruce Arena anticipates a fully healthy squad, with Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard likely to make a return to the starting lineup.
Likewise, Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni will have the likes of Jermaine Jones and Marlon Hairston back from injury, with the former ready to play a big role in the Colorado midfield.
Previously, the Galaxy and Rapids met three times during the regular season. The Rapids took all three points in the first game with a late winner, while the other two games ended as stalemates at StubHub Center.
During the regular season, both the Galaxy and Rapids were the two teams with least goals conceded in the Western Conference. In that regard, expect a tight affair, where a cleansheet may be just enough for the Galaxy heading into the second leg.
Match date/time: Sunday 5:00 pm EST, 2:00 pm local
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes (Spanish)