Major League Soccer

Galaxy chasing more than a playoff berth in Dallas

Galaxy chasing more than a playoff berth in Dallas

Steven Gerrard said the Galaxy learned a painful lesson last season, when they plummeted from the top of the MLS standings to fifth place in the Western Conference in the final two games of the regular season. The slide cost them a first-round playoff bye, forcing them into a knockout-round game on the road, which they lost for  their earliest postseason exit in seven years.

“Obviously the idea is to get in the playoffs. But the bonus will be to position ourselves in a better position than we did last year,” Gerrard said after practice Thursday. “We’ve got to try to finish the season strong and reward ourselves.”

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