Posted October 07, 2012 on
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Los Angeles star Landon Donovan limped off with a leg injury with about 10 minutes left in the Galaxy's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, creating doubt whether he will be available for the United States' upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda, and Guatemala.
The 30-year-old midfielder missed last month's qualifiers against Jamaica. The Americans figure to need at least a win and a tie when they play at Antigua on Friday and host Guatemala on Oct. 16 at Kansas City, Kan. Those are the final two games in the semifinal round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The U.S. also could be missing Dallas midfielder Brek Shea, who left his team's game against San Jose on Sept. 29 in the 69th minute.
Saborio scored in the 25th and 28th minutes to help Real Salt Lake (17-11-4) overcome an early deficit to pull five points ahead of the Galaxy (15-12-5) and six in front of Seattle in the battle for second place in the Western Conference. RSL and L.A. have two games remaining; Seattle, which plays Portland on Sunday, has four left.
The fourth-place team must win a wild-card game to enter the playoff bracket.
The Galaxy struck first, on a superb Robbie Keane volley in the 17th minute, but struggled to break down RSL's defense in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000 at the Home Depot Center.
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Carson, CA -- Heading into their matchup with Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy trailed their opponents by two points for the second spot in the Western Conference. Playoff positioning has been more important than ever this year in MLS because the fourth place team in each conference must play a do-or-die game against the fifth place team for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.
Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy cannot finish any worse than fourth in the Western Conference, but that's obviously not an ideal spot.
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