LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake: Galaxy Look for Revenge in MLS Playoffs

LA Galaxy versus Real Salt Lake is far from just another Conference Final game.

It pits the MLS’s top two defensive teams—not to mention two of the top three point-earning teams—against each other, making this an MLS Cup-worthy contest. On top of that, this match is a rematch of the 2009 MLS Cup Finals in which RSL defeated the Galaxy by way of penalty shootout.

The core of the Galaxy has remained largely intact since the 2009 Final and surely they have vivid and lingering bad memories of that loss in ’09. There would be no sweeter revenge than to beat RSL in the Western Conference Finals matchup at the Home Depot Center.

These two teams battled each other all year, even when they were not matched up against each other. They split their two regular season matches with each team winning at home. Although these are two of the finest defensive teams in the MLS, we should not assume that this will be a grind-it-out affair, because th...

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