Galaxy hits critical stretch of season for postseason hopes


With the regular season winding down and its playoffs hopes quickly fading, the Galaxy faces another critical stretch of games this week.

On Wednesday night, the Galaxy (4-8-3, 15 points) will host San Jose (7:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet) before Vancouver visits Sunday.

“When you win, you want to hear more about the entire group, and when you lose, you want to look at what you could have done better,” Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget said. “I think we’ve all sort of reflected on ourselves. How can we help this team get to where we want to be? I’ve done that and I know … I trust that everybody in the locker room has gone home and thought about how they can apply themselves a little bit more and how we can come together.”

The current situation is bleak for the Galaxy. The club is in last place in the Western Conference and has lost five consecutive games, including last Wednesday’s 6-3 defeat to the Portland Timbers that coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said was a low point of the season.

“This game is important for our future when you’re talking about the playoffs,” Barros Schelotto said.

The Galaxy can look at the visiting Earthquakes to see how quickly things can turn around in this wild 2020 season.

This is the fourth time the teams have played this season. Each team has one win and the other meeting was a scoreless draw.

San Jose was mired in last place in the conference last month, but then won three consecutive games – against LAFC, Galaxy and Vancouver – and is now above the playoff line in seventh place.

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The Galaxy, meanwhile, sits four points out of the eighth and final spot, with four teams in its way.

“Of course, we’re not happy, I’m not happy about where we are,” Lletget said. “That’s just our current situation. It doesn’t have to stay like that forever. We can definitely change a lot tomorrow (Wednesday.)

“The season is not over, there’s a lot of soccer to be played.”

The Galaxy had Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rapids postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Colorado staff. In this compact schedule, not having to travel and deal with the day-of game travel plans can be helpful.

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