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RSL to face L.A. Galaxy in MLS playoffs

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake will play the 2-time defending MLS Cup champion L.A. Galaxy in the Western Conference Semifinals beginning Sunday in Southern California.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake will face the 2-time defending MLS Cup champion L.A. Galaxy in the Western Conference Semifinals beginning Sunday in Southern California.

RSL is the #2 seed in the West, while the Galaxy are seeded 3rd. RSL will host L.A. at Rio Tinto Stadium in the series’ decisive second leg. The date, start time and broadcast information for the second leg have yet to be determined.

Real Salt Lake was 1-2-0 against LA in the 2013 regular season. LA took the first match between the sides, scoring two early goals to beat RSL 2-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium on April 27. The Claret-and-Cobalt took a measure of revenge in the second meeting, downing the Galaxy 3-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium on June 8. RSL dropped the final meeting between the sides, falling victim to a hat trick from Galaxy forward Robbie Keane to lose 4-2 at Los Angeles on August 17th.

This series will mark the third playoff meeting between Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy. RSL and L.A. have split their previous two playoff matchups, with the Claret-and-Cobalt beating the Galaxy in penalties to take home MLS Cup 2009 and L.A. downing an injury-plagued RSL side 3-1 in the 2011 Western Conference Final.

The first-seeded Portland Timbers will take on the winner of Wednesday’s Western Conference Knockout Game between Seattle Sounders FC and Colorado Rapids in the other Western Conference Semifinal. The winner of the RSL-LA series will take on the winner of that series in the two-legged Western Conference Final, which will be played later this month.
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