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MLS Decision Day wrap-up

Five-time MLS champions, the Los Angeles Galaxy will miss the playoffs for a second straight year. The Galaxy had to win against a team playing for nothing [Houston Dynamo] but failed to do so.

Unbelievable collapse

They were defeated at home 2-3 after leading at the break 2-0. The second half was pure misery and punctuated a largely awful season for the team. On top, Zlatan Ibrahimovic might leave the club only a few months after joining them in search of a new challenge back in Europe maybe at Real Madrid? 

LA Galaxy coach Kinnear on the shocking loss:

“We’re all devastated, to say the least. We can’t allow that to happen. I know we’re 2-0 up, and we’re mature enough and we have the players to kill this game off. We have only to blame ourselves.

“We were a little complacent [in the second half], our passing became shorter and a little bit negative at times, but we still had chances. It has been a roller coaster this whole season, but I thought we did such a good job to get back into the [race], and I thought if we got through this game, nobody was going to stop us. It’s a real shame.” 

New York Red Bulls win the Shield on last day

The title of best regular season team was decided on the last day with a win 1-0 against Orlando whereas conference rivals Atlanta lost their football in Toronto 4-1. 

The Eastern conference team also set a new MLS points record with 71 to top a successful season. Now the goal is to win the MLS cup. 

Head coach Armas on the accomplishment: 

“You win Supporters’ Shield, the fans have had that feeling before. Now we want to win MLS Cup. This is a special group and I think people are starting to realize that.

Our goal coming into the season was we can win all the trophies in the world, but, if we don’t win MLS Cup, then what’s it really mean. I promise we’re going after MLS Cup,”