The Los Angeles Galaxy have a habit of going to the MLS playoffs year after year, but could find themselves on the outside looking in, after a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids hindered their efforts to climb in the standings and left them at fourth in the Western Conference.
The Galaxy have played one more game than both the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas, who are only one point behind in the Western Conference standings. The Seattle Sounders are eight points behind, but still have four games in hand. So, there is a very real possibility that the Galaxy will not make the playoffs.
The Galaxy had only two shots on goal all night. Robbie Keane’s injury helped lead to the poor offensive performance, but it brings into question the Galaxy’s trade of Mike Magee for Robbie Rogers. Magee is in excellent form for the Chicago Fire, and with the injury to Keane, could have helped the Galaxy offensively in a situation without their star player.
LA is just not one of the better teams in the MLS without Keane in the lineup. Juninho looked out of sync with the rest of the team, and the strikers just couldn’t seem to finish when opportunities did arrive. Keane should return from his injury soon, but it may be too late to save the Galaxy from a difficult fight for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
It will be very surprising if the Galaxy miss the MLS Playoffs after winning back-to-back MLS Cups. LA has to step it up soon, or they will be fighting for a playoff spot rather than fighting for a better seed.