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2012 MLS Playoffs: What to Watch for in Galaxy vs. Whitecaps
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The Los Angeles Galaxy will host Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the Western Conference knockout round on Nov. 1. Whichever team wins the match will move on to the Western Conference Semifinals and face No. 1 seeded San Jose Earthquakes.

The Galaxy are fortunate to make the playoffs this season after a terrible first half, while Vancouver surprised many people by beating out FC Dallas for the final playoff spot.

We've already seen fifth-seeded Houston Dynamo beat the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference knockout round. Will we see another upset in the West?

Here's what to watch for during Thursday's crucial playoff matchup. 

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