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LA Galaxy to Open MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday Against Vancouver Whitecaps FC

CARSON, Calif. (Monday, October 29, 2012) – The LA Galaxy will begin their quest for a second consecutive MLS Cup title and fourth in club history on Thursday, November 1 when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the inaugural Western Conference Knockout Round on Thursday, November 1 at The Home Depot Center. That game, which is presented by The Flame Broiler, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown live nationally on the NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes.  GAMEDAY & FREE PARKING INFO

Thanks to an agreement between the Galaxy and California State University, Dominguez Hills, there is no hard cap on attendance for Thursday’s game, though the club is currently only selling tickets in the stadium’s lower bowl, which holds a capacity of 20,000 fans.

Additionally, the club and The Home Depot Center have made an agreement with the South Bay Pavilion to provide free parking and shuttles to the stadium. Shuttle buses from the Pavilion, which is located at 20700 Avalon Blvd. in Carson, to the stadium will run from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 11 p.m. Please click here for more information about offsite parking at the South Bay Pavilion.

The winner of that game will advance to face the San Jose Earthquakes in a two-leg, aggregate goal Western Conference Semifinal Series. PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

If the Galaxy, who are 2-0-1 against Vancouver this season and 4-0-1 against them all-time, defeat the Whitecaps in the Knockout Round, they will host the first leg of their Semifinal Series against the Earthquakes on Sunday, November 4 at The Home Depot Center. That game, which would also be presented by The Flame Broiler, would kick off at 6 p.m. and be shown live nationally on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The second leg of that Western Conference Semifinal Series would be played at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday, November 7 at 8 p.m. and would be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

The winner of that series will advance to the Western Conference Championship against the winner of the series between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC. If the Galaxy reach the Conference Championship for a fourth straight year, they would host the first leg at The Home Depot Center on Sunday, November 11 at 6 p.m. That game would be shown live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes with the second leg being played the following week on either Saturday, November 17 or Sunday, November 18.

The Western Conference Champion will face the Eastern Conference Champion in MLS Cup 2012 on Saturday, December 1. That game will be played at the home of the team that recorded more points during the regular season. The only way that the Galaxy could host MLS Cup 2012 at The Home Depot Center would be if they were to face the Houston Dynamo in a rematch of MLS Cup 2011. Of the five teams that qualified for the playoffs from the Eastern Conference, only the Dynamo recorded fewer points than the Galaxy during the regular season.

In addition to being broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes, Thursday’s game against the Whitecaps will also be available locally on the radio in Spanish on KWKW 1330 AM ESPN Deportes and online in English at If the Galaxy advance to the Western Conference Semifinal Series against San Jose, both legs of that series would be available locally in Spanish on 1330 AM and 1220 AM KWKU as well as in English on KTLK 1150 AM.