Los Angeles Galaxy 1997

16 W, 16 L

2nd, Western Conference

Team Leaders
Welton, 11 G
Mauricio Cienfuegos, 12 A
Jorge Campos, 1.30 GAA
Jorge Campos, 62 SVS

Complete 1997 stats

Lothar Osiander, Octavio Zambrano

Rose Bowl

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Although the Galaxy started its season with a 1-7 record after its first eight games, the club was able to go 15-9 the rest of the way to qualify for the playoffs, Galaxy management relieved head coach Lothar Osiander of his duties on 6/l0/97 and proceeded to win five of their next seven games under assistant coach Octavio Zambrano. Los Angeles swept all five matches in July moving into fourth place in the Western Conference. The club held on to the last playoff spot during July until they made their rapid climb up the conference ladder in August and September. While other teams in the conference struggled, Los Angeles prospered closing out the season with six consecutive wins, moving from fourth to second in 24 days....

The Galaxy went 11-5 after the All-Star break, earning 28 points and moving from fifth to second in the Western Conference with 44 points to earn its second postseason berth. The club also hit the back of the net more frequently in the second half outscoring opponents 38-22 during the 16 post All-Star contests...

Los Angeles defeated Kansas City 2-0 at the Rose Bowl on September 28 to win its sixth consecutive game and capture second place in the Western Conference. The Galaxy offense went into high gear during the streak, outscoring opponents 18-5. The win over the Wizards put Los Angeles at a .500 record for the first time during the season. The club finished as the hottest team in the MLS winning 10 of its last 15 games, including six in a row...

Octavio Zambrano was named interim head coach in early June and guided the Galaxy to 13-7 record under his tutelage. The club also showed scoring prowess outscoring its opponents 46-28 in the 20 games after the Ecuadorian native took over the coaching reigns. The Galaxy earned seven points in its first 12 games with Lothar Osiander at the helm, but subsequently earned 37 points in 20 games under Zambrano. Los Angeles went from being in fifth place in the Western Conference to finishing in second and earning home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs against the Dallas Burn...

The Galaxy's defense was once again among the league's best. The club finished the '97 regular season giving up 44 goals for a 1.38 goals against average (GAA). Los Angeles' stingy defense was second behind the Columbus Crew who gave up 41 goals for a 1.28 GAA. The Galaxy defense logged nine shutouts to lead the league just ahead of the Crew with eight and the Colorado Rapids with seven.