It’s come down to just two games to decide the Supporters’ Shield.
The LA Galaxy will take on Seattle Sounders FC in a home-at-home series that begins with this Sunday’s match at StubHub Center. LA will then travel to CenturyLink Field to face Seattle the following Saturday.
To clinch the Supporters’ Shield, the Galaxy will need at least four points since Seattle holds the first breaker (games won) over LA. Meanwhile, because of their possession of the first tiebreaker, the Sounders need just two points from the two games.
The complete list of scenarios is below.
*If the LA Galaxy earn a victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-LA needs a win or a draw to clinch the Supporters’ Shield in Seattle. A loss gives Seattle the Shield based on wins tiebreaker.
*If the LA Galaxy draw with Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-LA needs a win to clinch Supporters’ Shield in Seattle. A draw or a loss allows Seattle to clinch the Supporters’ Shield.
*If the LA Galaxy lose to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday
-Seattle clinches the Supporters’ Shield regardless of the result on Saturday based on the wins tiebreaker.
FRISCO, Texas. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after the club's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas.
The loss saw the Galaxy's 10 game unbeaten run come to an end.
Arena's thoughts are below.
On what part of the game the Galaxy lost control…
ARENA: "We didn’t lose control of the game, we lost the game. We actually had a lot of control in the second half at times. It’s the sloppy play at the end of the game that makes the difference. We didn’t execute over a simple throw-in play."
On the several opportunities that the team had to pull ahead...
ARENA: "We had some chances. Didn’t get it done."
On going into the two Seattle games needing four points to win the Supporters' Shield...
ARENA: "That's fine. We know what is ahead of us."
On if the loss was a learning experience for the Galaxy...
ARENA: "It's not a learning experience, they should have learned this a long time ago."
FRISCO, Texas -- The LA Galaxy will look to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games when they face FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Sunday.
A win or a draw for the Galaxy on Sunday and LA could clinch the Supporters' Shield with a win next Saturday against Seattle Sounders FC. Meanwhile FC Dallas who are riding a seven game winning streak at home can clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2011 campaign.
LA Galaxy 2 FC Dallas 1
(Galaxy: Gonzalez, Ishizaki; FCD: Castillo)
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan has enjoyed plenty of success in the Lone Star State and he'll make his final appearance in Texas on Sunday when the LA Galaxy take on FC Dallas.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Donovan's success in Texas.
Check it out below.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's What to Watch For, we preview the LA Galaxy's upcoming match with FC Dallas.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The battered LA Galaxy defense will welcome back outside back Dan Gargan ahead of their match with FC Dallas after a left sprained ankle forced the veteran defender from LA's victory over Toronto FC last week.
Gargan has participated in full training since Thursay and LA head coach Bruce Arena told reporters that the defender was in "fine" condition after missing out on the Toronto victory. The 31-year-old suffered the injury after a late challenge by New York Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave on Sept. 28.
A healthy Gargan could be a major boost for the Galaxy as Robbie Rogers (hamstring injury) and Omar Gonzalez (international duty) are doubts for the match against FC Dallas.
"My recovery is coming along...I feel good. It's [Bruce's] decision on whether or not to put me back in the lineup, but we'll see how it reacts," said Gargan. "But if I'm playing then I'd feel like I can go 90 minutes. We'll see how it goes."
Landon Donovan will play in his final match for the U.S. National Team on Friday when the USMNT takes on Ecuador.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at Donovan's banner career with the U.S. National Team.
Everyone is rushing to honor Landon Donovan ahead of his final cap for the U.S. National Team and the latest to the party is the soccer website Soccerly.
In the stunning graphic below, Soccerly designer Shio created a composite of all the USMNT jerseys that Donovan wore during his 15 years with the national team.
Check it out.
U.S. Soccer has issued numerous tributes to Landon Donovan in the lead up his final appearance for the U.S. National Team and the latest has a distinctly academy feel.
In an interview with U.S. Soccer, current Galaxy U-17 and U.S. U-17 defender Hugo Arellano reflects on Donovan's impact on his own career and the career of other young players. Donovan was himself famously a member of the same residency program that Arellano -- and Galaxy U-16 goalkeeper Eric Lopez -- is a member of.
Bruce Arena leaving Omar Gonzalez's status for FC Dallas match up to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan is scheduled to be back in the fold for the LA Galaxy after appearing in Friday’s U.S. National Team match against Ecuador, but could Omar Gonzalez also be back in the lineup for the FC Dallas match?
According to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the final decision will be left to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on whether or not Gonzalez will rejoin the Galaxy or stay with the U.S. for their Oct. 14 friendly against Honduras in Florida.
“The decision will be made by the coach and what he thinks is in the best interest of his team and everything that he needs to do,” said Arena. “This is not an easy situation for a national team coach when he can’t rely on the domestic players because of the league. It’s not easy on anyone so he doesn’t need to be bugged by me during the week. It’s an awkward situation for everyone.
“It’s difficult on a national team coach and the best way to [fix the problem] would be to honor international dates if we can get to that point with our league, so that it doesn’t become such a challenge for everybody to make it work”