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Galaxy earns a draw in playoff opener at Real Salt Lake
Galaxy earns a draw in playoff opener at Real Salt Lake

When the final whistle sounded on Saturday's Western Conference semifinal with Real Salt Lake, Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo looked toward the heavens, whispered something, then blessed himself. Penedo was giving thanks for a stalwart effort in which he faced 16 shots and made six saves, preserving a scoreless draw in the first leg of a two-game playoff that concludes Nov. 9 at StubHub Center. But maybe he should have thrown in a prayer for next week too. Because though Saturday's game will go into the record books as a tie, for the Galaxy it was something of a loss — as in a lost opportunity. Because under Major League Soccer's new postseason rules, getting shut...

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