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LA Galaxy haunted again by the MLS playoff ghosts of the past

Zlatan and company once again find themselves in playoff predicament since they're below the qualification zone with six games remaining into the season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (center) heads the ball between Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Gustav Svensson (4) and defender Jorgen Skjelvik (16) for a goal on a corner kick against Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei (left) during the second half at CenturyLink Field.
Joe Nicholson USA Today

Once again, LA Galaxy is embroiled in doubts about whether or not they will reach the MLS postseason. What looked like a promising campaign for Zlatan and company is starting to look a lot like the last 2018 season with the franchise outside the qualifying zone with six games remaining in the regular season.

With a quality squad with the likes of Ibrahimovic, Jona dos Santos, or newly signed Cristian Pavon, Galaxy still needs to fight for a playoff spot.

LA Galaxy currently sits eight in the Western Conference standings with 42 points, behind FC Dallas, Portland Timbers, and Real Salt Lake by one and two points behind the San Jose Earthquakes. In order to secure a place in the postseason Galaxy need to win their remaining matches.

Galaxy's schedule to come is relatively simple, as they will face four bottom league teams, Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas, Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo. But the real challenge will come when Barros Schelotto's team go against Montreal Impact and Real Salt Lake, two teams alos fighting for a playoff spot.

Ghosts from the past

The story seems to be repeating for the Carson based team, since they sat seventh in the 2018 campaign, also on the line to qualify into playoffs, but their last game against Houston left them out of the MLS postseason. This season, Galaxy's final game will also be against the Texan side.