Burroaks77's LA Galaxy vs. Nashville MLS Playoff Picks - 10/15

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LA Galaxy vs. Nashville (3pm ET)

The LA Galaxy are hosting Nashville for the second MLS Playoff game of the day. I have been ragging on LA a bit this week and even throwing around the word fraudulent. I think I may have been a little aggressive with that, as LA has only lost one match outright in their last ten games. The thing is, LA Galaxy have really struggled at home this year and Nashville have had much more success on the road. LA is 8-4-5 in their building. Nashville is 7-5-5 on the road. Draws are not an option today and someone has to win the game. We will play Extra Time and go to a PK shootout if needed.

LA Galaxy missed out on the playoffs last year and were on the outside looking in for a good chunk of this season. They managed to look a lot better in the final third of the season. I think a lot of that has to do with getting Riqui Puig from Barcelona. Since coming over to LA in early August, he has played ten games. I don’t think it is a coincidence that LA has only one loss in their last ten games. Puig has contributed three goals and five assists in that ten game span. He really makes this offense go. Combined with Chicharito, this offense has put up 26 goals since Puig’s arrival. That's the most in the MLS West over the last ten games.

Nashville have the MLS Golden boot winner in Hany Mukhtar. I don’t know how you could overlook him for a goal today. Defensively, Nashville is very stout. They only allowed 20 away goals this year. That led the MLS West. USMNT player and Nashville’s captain Walker Zimmerman holds down the back line for Nashville. He is the guy who keeps this defense organized and will keep goals at a premium today.

I think Nashville will want some playoff revenge after washing out of the postseason as the number two seed last year. They are definitely the more experienced squad. I think both teams score in regulation, but this game will probably be decided in extra time or a PK shootout.

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