MLS Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 28, 2012
(All times Eastern)
FC Dallas (3-3-2) at Los Angeles (3-3-0), 10:30 p.m.
Carson, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy have overcome a bad start
with consecutive wins, and host FC Dallas on Saturday night in another crucial
early-season Western Conference showdown in Major League Soccer.
The Galaxy lost three of their first four matches this season, but have downed
the Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids in their last two games.
L.A. (3-3-0) leveled its record last week with three wins and three losses, as
Josh Saunders stopped a penalty kick in stoppage time of a 2-1 victory against
the Rapids in Colorado.
"These points at this time of year are important, especially in conference
games so we're thankful we got out of (there) with three points," Galaxy coach
Bruce Arena said.
"We haven't started real well, so it's important we piece some wins together."
"It's a big win. It's just a stepping stone to obviously what we want to
achieve," L.A. star David Beckham added. "We didn't start the season off well
but the last two games have been better, not just because we won the games but
because we played as a team and we've done well."
L.A. will try to build on the road win at The Home Depot Center, where it has
split its four matches this season. L.A. lost its opener to Real Salt Lake and
also lost to the New England Revolution.
The Galaxy's woes have been largely defensive as they have allowed 10 goals so
far this season. L.A. had 17 shutouts last season and allowed just 28 goals in
34 games, which tied for the fourth-fewest in league history.
L.A. has yet to post a shutout this season.
"It's reflective of not playing as well as we can on the defensive end of the
field," Arena said. "If you don't have a shutout, it means you're not playing
"We haven't been as good as we need to be, but we'll get there."
FC Dallas (3-3-2) has suffered through injury problems early this season, but
managed a 1-1 tie against Real Salt Lake earlier this week. Brek Shea scored a
penalty kick for Dallas' lone goal.
Dallas managed the result despite having Andrew Jacobson, David Ferreira and
Ricardo Villar out through injury, and leading scorer Blas Perez suspended for
"You can call it an emergency," Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said. "I think
when you go without four starters; it's becoming a bit of an emergency.
"I think every coach gets frustrated with the injuries. Unfortunately, it's
part of the game and sometimes, it doesn't seem like it's fair."
It only got worse for Dallas, as Carlos Rodriguez suffered a dislocated elbow
against Real. Jackson, recently recalled from his loan to Brazil's Cruzeiro,
did make a late appearance, and could be in for a larger role against L.A.
"I was hoping to get Jackson on the field for the last 15 minutes," Hyndman
said. "If we didn't need him, then I probably wouldn't have even put him on
the field, but I felt that we needed to get something on the field that was at
least going to be a threat."
In addition, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman pulled out of the game against Vancouver
Whitecaps FC last week and also missed the match against Real. Chris Seitz had
to fill in again, and made four saves against RSL.
"Last week when he went in, he wasn't prepared. Kevin got hurt in the warmups,
so (Seitz) really wasn't nervous or scared, he just went in," Hyndman said.
"So I was very interested to see how he would respond in this game, being able
to sleep on it and prepare himself mentally and I think that he had a good
04/27 19:20:57 ET