With an astounding home record in the playoffs, LA are confident of sealing series win on Sunday
CARSON, Calif. – As the LA Galaxy finish
preparations for Sunday’s match up against the Seattle Sounders FC in the
second leg of their Western Conference Semifinal Series, they know it will take
a solid performance to move on in the playoffs. However, there is one major
advantage on the Galaxy’s side, a home field advantage unlike any other in MLS
history. Since the start of the league, the Galaxy have hosted 22 playoff games,
collecting an impressive record of 19-2-1 in those games.
“It shows that we are a tough team to beat down here.
Teams have their work cut out for them. But at the same time, those kind of
stats only go so far, “said defender Todd Dunivant, who was a part of the
Galaxy’s 2005 MLS Cup championship team. “We can’t focus too much on the stats,
but it does show that we are a tough team to beat in this building.”
The last time the team lost in the playoffs at home was all
the way back on October 10, 1998 against the Chicago Fire when the Galaxy’s
home games were still played at the Rose Bowl. Since that day, the Galaxy have
been nearly unstoppable at home in the postseason, going 15-0-1, with the only
draw coming back in 2001. The club has been even better since moving to The
Home Depot Center in 2003. LA has never lost a playoff game in the building,
going 5-0-0 as the home team and also earning a 2-2 draw with Chivas USA as the road
team in the first leg of their Western Conference Semifinal Series last year.
Former star and current assistant coach, Cobi Jones, who
has played or coached for the Galaxy every year since the club’s debut in 1996,
has seen the team’s playoff dominance at home throughout the years.
“I think it shows a level of concentration and pride in
this club in having a good home. It is a testament to the players, the staff that
has been here over the years, and the fans. They have made it a very difficult
place for other teams to come and play,” said Jones, who is the club’s all-time
leader in regular season and postseason games played.
He is hopeful that the team can continue the streak.
“I think is very important that with this upcoming game
that we continue with that tradition. It would be nice to continue with that
tradition and move forward and make it a place where teams fear coming into.
That shows you why the Galaxy has been such a good team over the years because
it means something to this club. If you want to be a championship team, you
need to win at home. “
Landon Donovan, the only current Galaxy player besides
Dunivant to have won MLS Cup with the club, doing so in 2005, also recognized
the importance of home field advantage during the playoffs.
“The reason why we put so much into the regular season is
to have the opportunity to play here at home when it matters. We put a lot into
our last game of the regular season against Dallas to ensure that we had the home field
advantage in the playoffs and now we have to make it stand up, “Donovan said.
“This team has always played well at home. I take a lot
of pride in playing well at home in the playoffs and the same will go for
The Galaxy are ahead 1-0 on aggregate goals in the
series and host Seattle in the second game of the two-leg,
home-and-home Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday, November 7 at 6
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