Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Major League Soccer, Week 18, StubHub Center, CA
Another important match for teams on the cusp of a playoff berth will get underway on Sunday, when the Los Angeles Galaxy welcome FC Dallas to town.
And boy, will they want to erase the heartbreak of last week!
Despite playing away from home, the Galaxy were two goals up and cruising against San Jose before they somehow surrendered three goals to their 10-man opponents. It was their fourth loss in the past seven weeks and increases the pressure to perform in weeks to come—starting with their home game this week against high-flying Dallas.
They might be winless in their last five, but Dallas have been very strong this season and find themselves in a commanding second place in the Western Conference as a result. The only question that remains, however, is their away form.
On the road, Dallas have won just one of their seven games so far, and that came against the lowly New England Revolution. Couple that with the home form of the Galaxy—who have lost just once this season in front of their home fans—and things won't be easy for Dallas.
It'll take some doing, but I like the Galaxy to respond here.
They'll know they played poorly last week and will want to fix it, and they'll know that there's no better time to do that than against one of the best teams in the league.
Expect a huge confidence boost for Bruce Arena's side.
Prediction: Los Angeles Galaxy 3, FC Dallas 1