Long considered one of the league's marquee clubs, the Galaxy have been struggling lately and need a home win.The LA Galaxy and FC Dallas are both desperate to end winless runs as they meet midweek at the StubHub Center (10:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live).
The Galaxy have played just eight matches so far this season, tied for the fewest in the league, and they sit bottom of the Western Conference with a 2-3-3 record, in part thanks to their four-game winless streak.
The Hoops come into Southern California on a futile run of their own: Five games — four losses and a draw — have come since they last tasted victory. A 5-5-2 record (tying the league lead for most games played) has the North Texas side comfortably third in the West — for now.
It will have to cope with a number of injuries if it is to take three points from SoCal. Kellyn Acosta (patella avulsion fracture), Mauro Diaz (R knee surgery), George John (R knee) and Hendry Thomas (muscle tear) are all out, while Andres Escobar (lower back sprain) is questionable.
LA isn't immune to the injury bug either, and its defense is the hardest hit. James Riley (L lateral meniscus surgery) is ruled out, while Todd Dunivant (abdominal strain) and Leonardo (L middle finger fracture) could possibly miss out, as could midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (MCL). U.S. national team members Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez are also absent, training with the USA ahead of the World Cup.
Hstorically, the Galaxy have had the slight edge between these two sides, winning 20 encounters to Dallas' 15, with 11 draws shared. Their last meeting, on Aug. 11, saw Donovan score a hat trick in a 3-3 draw in Texas.