The Los Angeles Galaxy have made it into the playoffs. However, before they make their run at another MLS Cup, they have one more regular season game. On Oct. 28, they will face the Seattle Sounders at the Home Depot Center at 6 p.m. PT. Here are my three questions for the match.
Will we finally defeat the Sounders?
On May 2, the Sounders defeated the Galaxy 2-0 at Century Link Field. Since the Galaxy were playing three matches in a week, Bruce Arena decided to rest some of his starters. Players like David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Todd Dunivant didn't play. In addition, Omar Gonzalez was still recovering from his knee injury. For this reason, I wasn't surprised that we lost. Yet, I was shocked when Seattle gave the Galaxy a 4-0 thrashing at the Home Depot Center on August 8. This time there were not any excuses. We had Beckham, Keane, Gonzalez and Landon Donovan in the lineup. Yet, we couldn't even manage a goal. At this point, another loss to the Sounders would just be embarrassing.
How much playing time will Beckham and Donovan get?
Donovan has been dealing with a knee bone bruise since Oct. 6. The Galaxy captain sustained the injury against Real Salt Lake. Beckham has been experiencing a left ankle flare-up from an injury sustained against the Whitecaps on Sept. 1. The duo missed the Galaxy-San Jose Earthquakes match but started training again at the beginning of the week. Furthermore, both Designated Players were still listed as questionable on the October 26 MLS injury report. However, both say they're ready to go. The main objective seems to be to get fit and sharp for the postseason. The game against the Sounders would be their last opportunity to do so. However, my biggest worry is having one of our DPs injured for the postseason.
Can we get some winning momentum?
No matter who steps onto the field, the goal will still be to win. Since we haven't won a game since Sept. 22, a victory would get the ball rolling in the right direction. After the season finale, we will play a knock out game against the Vancouver Whitecaps on November 1. If we win that game, we will play the Quakes in a Conference Semifinal series that starts on Nov. 4. The MLS Cup is slated for Dec. 1. Indeed, the playoffs are going to fly by. Perhaps the taste of victory will provide that extra spark for the postseason.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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