Major League Soccer tweaked its playoff format before this season, moving its championship game from a neutral site to the home field of the finalist with the best regular-season record. Still, the prospect of the Galaxy getting home field seemed unlikely when it entered the postseason with the eighth-best record among the 10 playoff teams.
But after beating Vancouver in a wild-card game and upsetting top-seeded San Jose and Seattle in the next two rounds, the Galaxy finds itself right back where it ended last season: at the Home Depot Center playing Houston, the Eastern Conference wild-card winner, in the MLS Cup final Saturday.
"We could play this in Anchorage if they asked us to," Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said after training Tuesday. "But playing at home should be an advantage in an MLS Cup. We hope it helps us a little bit, because we're going to need all the help we can get.
"I'd rather be playing in L.A. than Houston."
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