After beating rival San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 on Saturday, the LA Galaxy once again jumped over the MLS The playoff streak in the cup just in time.
Galaxy had fallen behind in the Western standings after suffering just one win in six matches. But that victory over Cali Clasico opponent San Jose – along with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids – saw them sit fifth, three points clear of Real Salt Lake under the streak just two games ago.
Speaking after Saturday’s win at Stanford, Galaxy coach Greg Fannie emphasized the importance of building “momentum” at this late stage of the regular season.
“It’s huge because it does two things for us. It keeps building the momentum and the confidence that you want in the long run when you go into, now, the two most important games of the season, which are to finish things off,” said Fanny. For a home match in the playoffs. You just have to keep building momentum and keep working on our performance.”
The galaxyStreak wins inspired by Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who scored three goals in two games to take his season total to 17 – fifth in the MLS Golden Boot race.
Like his team, Chicharito rediscovered his best form at the perfect time after a short run of two games without a goal.
“You want your striker to be hot this time of year, that’s for sure,” Fani said of his Mexican striker. “So he finds good places, he finds them with the ball. He puts them in the net, and that generates a lot of confidence for him and the group, so that’s always positive.”
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