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TONIGHT: MUTINY VS. LOS ANGELES

WHAT: MLS best-of-three quarterfinal.

WHEN/WHERE: 8; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.

TV/RADIO: ESPN2; WWBA-AM 1040, WAMA-AM 1550 (Spanish).

RECORD: Galaxy 14-10-8 (No. 5 seeding, 50 points). Mutiny 16-12-4 (No. 4 seeding, 52 points).

COACHES: Galaxy _ Sigi Schmid (31-19-8, second season). Mutiny _ Tim Hankinson (39-38-4, third season).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Galaxy _ M Cobi Jones, F Luis Hernandez, M Mauricio Cienfuegos, G Kevin Hartman, D Robin Fraser. Mutiny _ M Carlos Valderrama, F Mamadou Diallo, M Steve Ralston, G Scott Garlick, D Joe Addo.

NOTES: The Mutiny has lost six straight playoff games dating to Oct. 2, 1996, when it eliminated Columbus in Game 3. It is 2-7 all-time in playoff games. Tampa Bay has not scored a playoff goal in three games and a total of 324 minutes. The last playoff goal came Oct. 5, 1997, by Gilmar in the 35th minute against Columbus. Mutiny F Eric Quill is out with a right ankle sprain. He could return for Game 2. D Chad McCarty is with the U.S. Olympic team. Los Angeles M Sasha Victorine, M Peter Vagenas and D Danny Califf are also with the U.S. Olympic team. The Mutiny has not played any of the other seven playoff teams in the post-season. Tampa Bay has only played against D.C. United and Columbus, and both failed to make the playoffs. The Mutiny set a team record for points (218) and assists (94) in a season and was second all-time in goals (62) but has been shut out seven times, which tied a club record. Los Angeles has advanced to the playoffs five straight seasons. It appeared in the 1996 and '99 MLS Cup match and is 10-8 all-time in the playoffs. The Galaxy is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games and has lost two straight. Game 2 is 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Angeles.

_ Compiled by Rodney Page.

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