The LA Galaxy defense steps up to out-defense Nashville SC. The Galaxy are riding all the momentum heading into El Trafico.
COG STUDIOS, Calif. — The LA Galaxy handled their own business in their first home playoff game since 2016. In a very comfortable performance, LA was able to out-defense the defensive side of Nashville SC and, in turn, make Martin Caceres and Sega Coulibaly stars of the show.
On today’s podcast, hosts Josh Guesman and Kevin Baxter discuss the 1-0 win over Nashville on Saturday while also keeping an eye firmly on the next matchup. That’s right. It’s another Playoff El Trafico (Don Garber is so happy right now). And the biggest game in all of MLS (we’ll keep saying it) gets more significant with the added pressure of the playoffs.
The guys will start by discussing the win over Nashville and how the Galaxy’s midfield had the match won reasonably early. Did the visitors make a mistake by not trying to match up with the Galaxy’s midfield? Did the two-forward set cause some confusion in the first half, but not enough to worry the Galaxy? And did the Galaxy really shut down two very talented strikers — one of which won the Golden Boot and is the likely MLS MVP?
There are so many angles to judge this game. Did Douglas Costa’s stumbles in the first-half cause the Galaxy to stumble? How vital was Julian Araujo’s play on the edges? And were fans right to boo Kevin Cabral before he even stepped on the field?
We’ve got a lot to talk about, and then we hang in there to ensure you have the most updated bracket. Will Josh and Kevin wow you with their penalty prediction skills?