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Podcast: Best center-back pairings and the Galaxy route to MLS Cup

The LA Galaxy fell flat against Houston on Decision Day, but for many reasons, they’re still very much alive in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

COG STUDIOS, Calif. — The LA Galaxy didn’t do themselves any favors when they lost to the Houston Dynamo on Sunday afternoon. But their road for the playoffs is now set, and we can start discussing what that will look and why the Galaxy could still be considered favorites for an MLS Cup run.

On today’s show, your hosts Josh Guesman (LA Galaxy Beat Reporter) and Kevin Baxter (LA Times Soccer Reporter), are discussing the fall-out from the Galaxy’s poorly timed loss, and why the fifth seed in the playoffs may not mean the Galaxy don’t have a home game.

The guys start by talking about the loss to the Houston Dynamo and why it was more of the same from a Galaxy defense that didn’t need to be tweaked. Josh will also talk about the momentum killers that turned this game on its head, and he’ll finally get to the stats you’ve all been wanting when it comes to goalkeeper David Bingham and the best center back pairings.

Does any of it pass the eye test, though?

The guys will also tell you why one young Galaxy player’s season is all but over, now, and why four other international’s will be departing for their respective camps before the Galaxy return for their first playoff game since 2016.

Plus, Ibrahimovic isn’t in the United States. Could a return to Malmö, Sweden mean the 6-foot-5 striker is getting homesick? Or could it mean a change of scenery for the 38-year-old?

Finally, Josh and Kevin are telling you how the Galaxy will get to Minnesota, and what problems Allianz Field will have to deal with when it comes to getting their surface and the stadium ready for the Galaxy’s October 20 playoff game against Minnesota United.

Could college football ruin another MLS field?

We’ve got a packed show with stats, figures, and analysis you can’t find anywhere else! Thanks for joining us!

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