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LA Galaxy open Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs at Minnesota United

MLS: LA Galaxy at Minnesota United FC David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

2019 has been a rollercoaster for Galaxy supporters, and it appears that trend will continue into the postseason.

Winners of three straight and in prime position to secure a home playoff spot, the LA Galaxy faltered badly in consecutive losses vs. the Whitecaps and in Houston to end the regular season, and as a result the Galaxy now have to travel to St. Paul to battle a defensively stout Minnesota United side Oct. 20th at 5:30 PT live on ESPN.

Adrian Heath’s side have the potential in attack to hurt teams, but the Loons have relied on their defensive spine led by center back Ike Opara, goalkeeper Vito Mannone and the ageless Ozzie Alonso to earn results.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s team can unlock any defense in this league, but they’ve also conceded eight goals the last two matches, so...paradox. LA’s penchant for giving up late goals stemming from ineffective fullback play is well-known at this point. It’s up to the Boca Juniors manager to find a solution, and quick.