Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy continue their 2013 Major League Soccer season when they face Martin Rennie’s Vancouver Whitecaps today at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET and will be televised locally by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.
Midfielder Landon Donovan is fully aware that this will be a fight to the finish for the playoff sports in the MLS Western Conference. Now, every game counts.
“No team has really gotten on any great run,” Donovan told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “Dallas started well, even Chivas had a good start early on, but no team has been able to sustain it. When we look at our season we’ve been pretty good the way we’ve played, but we haven’t consistently gotten the right results.
“I think we can look at maybe 8-10 games where we should have another point or another two points. That would propel you well into the league. But that hasn’t happened with any team, so we expect it’s going to be tight all the way to the end.
“It’s going to be an interesting finish. It’s going to be 10 really good games.”
“This is parity at its finest, I suppose,” Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant added. “It means every game matters. It’s almost like a relegation system, from the bottom to the top. From that standpoint, it’s definitely exciting.”
Donovan believes that the parity in the league comes from the quality of players in the league, which is high for a league nearing two decades of existence.
“The league is more and more legitimate all the time,” Donovan told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “People are being hired that are good at making these decisions, good at bringing in good players.
“Coaching is getting better, the players are getting better, American players are getting better, the players that are brought in are getting better, so it’s no longer where a guy with [Galaxy coach/GM] Bruce [Arena]‘s experience and savvy can sort of dominate in that way. There’s other coaches that are real good now, and GMs who are making good decisions.”