The LA Galaxy come to town Saturday night to take on Columbus Crew SC. The Black & Gold enter the match on a bit of a slide. Winless in their last five contests, with one win in seven games, the Crew SC players are looking for something to get things turned around.
In a strange twist of fate, Columbus was in a similar position in 2014 when the side faced the Galaxy. A 4-1 win last August showcased what the Black & Gold could do when things were clicking and began the team's climb up the Eastern Conference and into third place before the MLS Cup Playoffs.
After a tough loss a week ago against the Montreal Impact at home, Crew SC is looking to get back to its play from early in the season and return to winning ways.
LA is in a similar position. With only two wins in last nine contests, the Galaxy sit in sixth place in the Western Conference.
After a MVP season a year ago, Designated Player Robbie Keane has yet to hit his stride in 2015. Having only played in seven of 16 matches, the Irishman has just two goals and one assist. He will miss out yet again in this match due to international duty.
In his place will likely be Alan Gordon. The 12-year MLS veteran has filled the shoes of Keane in his second stint with LA and leads the team with four goals on the year.
The Galaxy's midfield has been in constant flux in 2015 due to injuries and other absences. Those who have played are yet to produce consistently for LA, which has been a major issue after last year's stellar season.
Here are some more facts heading into the match, followed by how to watch the game and the projected starting XI for each team:
- Despite no goals in two matches, Kei Kamara still leads Major League Soccer in the scoring department. He sits two ahead of the San Jose Earthquakes' Chris Wondolowski and will look to widen the gap against the Galaxy, who have allowed 18 goals this year.
- This is the 40th meeting between the two MLS originals and the Black & Gold are 16-14-9 against one of league's prized franchises. Crew SC hold 9-4-5 record over LA in Columbus.
- Like Columbus, the Galaxy are yet to win on the road this season. This streak stretches back to last year and totals 14 matches (0-7-7) without a victory away from the StubHub Center
- LA plays an open possession style, similar to the Black & Gold. The Galaxy are fifth in MLS in time of possession per game and like to get the ball wide and serve in crosses. This should make for an open affair, which tends to favor Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium.
- Los Angeles will not only miss Keane in this match, but will also be without the services of forward Bradford Jamieson IV and defender A.J. DeLaGarza, who are both away on international duty.
- Former MLS Cup Champion with Crew SC, Robbie Rogers, is a likely starter at left back for the Galaxy. Rogers played in 106 matches with the Black & Gold over five seasons, scoring 13 goals and registering 16 assists as a wide midfielder.
- Another former Crew SC player will likely see time in Edson Buddle. The striker scored 42 goals in five season with the club after he was drafted 27th overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Saturday June 13, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Watch: TWC SportsChannel (English), Univision Deportes
Listen: CD102.5 FM (English) La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish)