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Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo primes his game for MLS playoffs
Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo primes his game for MLS playoffs

When the Galaxy signed Jaime Penedo 16 months ago, they knew they were getting a gem of a goalkeeper. Just maybe not the perfect gem. "I was a diamond in the rough," Penedo acknowledges now. "And a diamond in the rough has to be polished." A season of buffing later, Penedo is someone the Galaxy will be counting on to help it reach next month's Major League Soccer championship game for the fourth time in six years. The Panamanian has been a rock in goal, starting 29 times during the regular season and giving up just 1.14 goals a game on average. Only one keeper in the league had better numbers in that many starts. He's been even better in the playoffs,...

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