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#COLvLA: Three questions with LAG Confidential

We talk with Kyle from LAG Confidential about the upcoming second leg of the Western Conference Semis.

MLS: Conference Semifinals-Colorado Rapids at Los Angeles Galaxy Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve been waiting all week for the second matchup between the Colorado Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy, because this time it’s in Commerce City. In Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, aka the Fortress. The place where LA came for our home opener and Marco Pappa put in the game-winning goal at (literally) the last minute. Only this time there is a bit more at stake - one of these teams will be eliminated after the playoffs after today.

We talked with Kyle from LAG Confidential to get the inside scoop on what to expect.

Burgundy Wave: Do you think LA is going to play for the 0-0 tie or come out hard and go for the away goal, which could obviously open them up to get scored on?

If you think they are going for the win/away goal, what's going to be the key to breaking down the Rapids' defense?

LAG Confidential: I think they'll come out playing conservatively, not sitting too deep, but not pushing the whole way for a goal per say.

Most likely, the Galaxy will try to exploit the outside with pace, using Emmanuel Boateng as a major outlet. The Rapids have two bruising central defenders, which is probably why Alan Gordon was used in the first leg, and you can't take that punishment for 90 minutes, especially with the altitude in play.

BW: There's been quite a bit of talk about LA having too many offensive options. How does that factor into the playoffs and how Bruce Arena is putting together the starting squad vs. Colorado?

LAGC: In my opinion, you can never have too much of a good thing, in this case attacking options. Having all of these weapons higher up the field gives Bruce Arena the ability to be flexible in his approach. It leaves Pablo Masteroni guessing as to what lineup the Galaxy are going to use.

Last week, for example, Emmanuel Boateng, Giovani dos Santos, and Landon Donovan were the three attacking midfielders, and only one has a guaranteed spot in the lineup tomorrow -- Giovani. If Bruce Arena does not want to risk Donovan for 90 minutes in Colorado, he could throw Sebastian Lletget in his place and put Steven Gerrard as the other central midfielder. This is just one of a couple of different looks Arena can give the Rapids.

BW: Assuming that Pablo does start some speedy guys up top, how can the LA defense contain them?

LAGC: I think you have to have Robbie Rogers/AJ DeLaGarza on one side and Ashley Cole on the other in the back line, your chances of stopping pacey wingers is always going to be high. The three of them have excellent positional awareness and can time a challenge to perfection.

You will also need some help in the back though, and the three attacking midfielders, no matter who they may be, will have to track back as often as they can should one of the outside backs get caught out of position.

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