LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
Wednesday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT
- Dignity Health Sports Park
Galaxy have picked up 21 points from their first 11 games, placing them in third spot in the Western Conference, meanwhile Dallas sit one place off the foot of the table having only managed two wins so far.
Greg Vanney's side were without former Manchester United striker and Galaxy top goalscorer Javier Hernandez for that game, as he was forced to withdraw from the squad just prior to kickoff.
The Mexican's absence made Galaxy's task even greater, coming up against a Sporting KC side that had scored an MLS-high of 24 goals this year, and the home side could not hold onto a point.
Johnny Russell opened the scoring on Sunday just nine minutes from time before Khiry Shelton sealed the victory for the league leaders five minutes into stoppage time.
Galaxy are still well within touching distance of Sporting KC, only sitting five points behind the table-toppers with two games in hand, and will be looking to vastly improve on their 10th-placed finish last year.
Dallas have only recorded two victories this season, with their second impressively coming last Monday against Eastern Conference leaders New England.
Eighteen-year-old Ricardo Pepi was the Dallas hero that day as his brace sealed a 2-1 victory for the Texas-based side at the Toyota Stadium.
However, Luchi Gonzalez's side failed to capitalise on those three points last time out, when they had to settle for a 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Whitecaps were closing in on taking three points back home with them, but Ranko Veselinovic scored an own goal deep into stoppage time at the end of the second half.
Dallas are quite some way off their performances from last year, when they finished the season in sixth spot in the Western Conference, with their away form letting them down, having not picked up a single point this season away from Frisco.