MLS

LA Galaxy and Zlatan's playoff run could be in danger

The loss against the Sounders on Sunday left LA Galaxy in a tight spot only two points above the playoff line and in seventh place in the Western Conference.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic fighting for the ball against Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy faced each other in a game that meant more than just three points or a victory over the rivals. A key playoff spot was on the line given how tight the situation is in the top places of the Western Conference standings.

Seattle and Los Angeles were fourth and fifth on the table, but after the Sounders win, they sit second behind Conference leaders, LAFC; while Galaxy ended in seventh place, just two points above the playoff line.

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LA Galaxy can't afford to slip up if they are to move into MLS postseason for a chance to fight for the title and can look forward to a series of (on paper at least) easy fixtures against Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas and the Whitecaps, with Vancouver and Colorado no longer in the fight for a playoff spot, Sporting could present problems for the LA side.

The Galaxy will also face Montreal Impact and Real Salt Lake this month; both games would be the tougher test for Barros Schelotto's squad with both rivals also fighting for a place in the postseason.