Galaxy eliminated from playoff contention with draw against Seattle – Press Enterprise

CARSON — The end result wasn’t enough to keep the Galaxy alive in the playoff hunt on Wednesday night, but at least for a moment Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez reminded everyone why the Galaxy brought him in this season.

In the 78th minute, Hernandez, who had entered the game in the 69th minute, made one of his patented off-the-ball runs, connecting on a pass from Efrain Alvarez when all that was left was a simple right-footed blast into the net for the goal.

It was his first goal since the MLS is Back Tournament in July in Florida.

The goal was just the second for Hernandez in an injury-plagued 11 games and it was almost enough to help the Galaxy escape with the win, but Raul Ruidiaz scored for Seattle in the third minute of added time for a 1-1 draw in the penultimate game of the regular season at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The draw, combined with victories by the Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes eliminated the Galaxy from playoff contention.

The Galaxy needed a longshot of combined results to qualify for the playoffs. Entering the game, the Galaxy was in fourth among a group of four teams contending for the final two playoff berths.

In the first half, the Galaxy ran into bad luck on the attacking end. First, Daniel Steres’ shot from inside the 18-yard box was stopped as Seattle’s Alex Roldan raced back, headed the ball off of the crossbar and cleared it away.

Later, Ethan Zubak fired a shot that Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei was able to get a finger on, slowing a ball that eventually hit the post.

The game went into halftime scoreless.

Things opened up after Hernandez’s second-half goal as Seattle kept the pressure on by bringing on Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan as substitutes.

The Galaxy will conclude the regular season on Sunday in Portland against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

More to come on this story.