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Los Angeles Reveling in Rare Playoff Rivalry
MLSnet.com, October 27th, 2009 3:15PM

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Anticipation is building around the playoff edition of the SuperClasico between Southern California's two MLS teams, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA. The two tenants of the Home Depot Center "literally pass each other in the hallways every day," writes Larry Morgan for MLSnet.com.

The professional relationship should be put to the test during the next two weeks as the two-game series plays out. "For the most part, they'll have it staggered pretty well so we're not crossing paths too often," the Galaxy's Eddie Lewis said with a grin. "There will be no love lost over these next few weeks." The Galaxy's Mike Magee expects some jibing. "There might be a little trash-talking," he said. "There's a lot at stake. All jokes aside, this is a serious matter."

Coaches and players hope the games will help raise the profile and attraction of MLS for both local and national fans. "I think it makes it interesting for MLS," Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts said. "It's a good game to watch if you're neutral, and even more passionate for the fans." For Southern California sports fans, this game marks the first postseason showdown between two area-based professional teams. Rookie defender A.J. DeLaGarza says he's thrilled that the Galaxy's first postseason berth since 2005 pits the two rivals together. "I'm sure the fans will get into it, not only here in L.A. but around the United States," he said. "Hopefully we can make some noise with this."

 

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