Friday, October 23, 2009

A Win for the West

The Galaxy head into tomorrow night's game against San Jose with one clear thought in mind.

A win and they claim the top seed in the Western Conference.

Thanks to Chivas USA's 1-0 loss at Chicago last night, the Galaxy remain in a three-way tie with Chivas USA and Houston for first place in the Western Conference, with all three teams having one game left on the schedule. And the Galaxy own the tiebreaker on each of those clubs, meaning that a win over the Earthquakes will see LA finish at the top of the Western Conference standings for the first time since 2002.

This would be the sixth time in the club's 14-year history that they would finish at the top of the Western Conference at the end of the regular season.

Here is how the club has fared in the postseason after finishing first in their conference...

1996 - MLS Cup Finalist - Lose 3-2 to D.C. United in extra time
1998 - Western Conference Finals - Lose 2 games to 0 to Chicago
1999 - MLS Cup Finalist - Lose 2-0 to D.C. United
2001 - MLS Cup Finalist - Lose 2-1 to San Jose in extra time
2002 - MLS Cup Champions - Defeat New England 1-0 in extra time

Now, with a win on Saturday, we will be adding another line to the bottom of that list

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