The Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes have met three times this season. In the first two games, the Galaxy let two-goal leads slip away and lost, and in the third match the Earthquakes rallied twice from deficits to earn a draw.
So Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena has adopted a simple strategy for Sunday's rematch at the Home Depot Center, the opening game of Major League Soccer's conference semifinals.
"Don't let them score if you're ahead. If you're behind, you better get a goal to get it even," he said Saturday.
That figures to be a challenge against a team that not only finished the regular season with the league's best record but also led the MLS in scoring behind striker Chris Wondolowski, who tied the regular-season record with 27 goals.