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GALAXY AFTER ELUSIVE TITLE

Third time lucky?

That's what the Los Angeles Galaxy will be hoping for this afternoon (12:30, Ch. 7) when they make another attempt to win the Major League Soccer championship after two previous failures in the MLS final.

The Galaxy, losers to D.C. United in both the 1996 and '99 championships, will be opposed by the surprising San Jose Earthquakes, attempting to complete a worst-to-first turnaround.

"Los Angeles is a place where you have excellence in athletics, whether it's the Lakers (winning the NBA title) or the run that the Kings made last season in hockey, or the run that UCLA football is having now," Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said.

"To be considered on that landscape and get your due, you do need to win the ultimate goal. If you finish second all the time, you're ignored."