MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, July 9 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Seattle 11/8 – Draw 12/5 – LA Galaxy 19/10

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders welcome Western Conference rivals LA Galaxy to CenturyLink Field on Saturday in an important fixture for both of these sides.

Seattle’s season has been a difficult one for fans to take so far, they sit 9th in the West and trail the top six by seven points.

Sigi Schmid is under a huge amount of pressure to get his Sounders side playing to work up the table, finishing outside the playoff places would be disastrous but there is plenty of time to turn things around.

Sounders come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw with Toronto, a positive result that ended a two-game losing streak. They must now build upon that point and aim to take all three this time out.

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LA Galaxy are sitting 4th in the West and will be far happier with how their season is currently going compared to their opponents.

There are still a lot of things that Galaxy need to improve on, especially away form, as they have only won one of their last 13 on the road.

Galaxy come into this one off the back of their 2-0 win over Vancouver, ending a seven-game winless run. Now is the time for LA to find form and really push on to challenge for the Supporters’ Shield.

Bruce Arena will be pleased to see some of his star players back in the side and on form, Robbie Keane scored on his return last time out and Steven Gerrard played a key role with both assists. He will be expecting his experienced players to step up here.

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Team News

Seattle Sounders have two injury concerns as Roman Torres is expected to be out, while Brad Evans is a doubt.

LA Galaxy have one more injury concern than Seattle heading into this tie. Robbie Rogers is out, while Ariel Lassiter and Dan Kennedy are both questionable.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/W/L/L/D

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/L/D/D/W

Key Stat: Homesick – LA Galaxy have failed to win in 12 of their last 13 away games in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Jordan Morris – The Seattle forward has been one of their best performers so far in a season of struggles. He has six goals and creating chances for him will give Sounders their best chance of winning this game.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-2 LA Galaxy – This is a tie Galaxy will be expecting to win despite their struggles on the road. Seattle have a lot of work to do to improve on this season and are not performing anywhere near their usual best.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution

Venue: StubHub Center – Sunday, May 8 – 15:30 ET (20:30 GMT)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 7/10 – Draw 14/5 – New England  15/4

Match Preview

LA Galaxy welcome New England Revolution to StubHub Center on Sunday evening in a tie we expect to be hotly contested.

Galaxy are sitting 4th in the Western Conference and have been working their way up the table in recent weeks.

Bruce Arena’s side come into this one off the back of their 1-1 away draw against SKC, but he will be pleased on the most part with the performance having seen his side go a goal behind.

LA are the highest scores in Major League Soccer with 18 in their eight games, they are now unbeaten in six games, winning three and drawing three.

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New England Revolution are sitting 7th in the Eastern Conference. They come into this tie off the back of their 2-2 draw with Orlando.

The Revs have only won once all season and are struggling to turn draws into wins. They are the only side who aren’t bottom of either conference to have only won one game.

Jay Heaps will be working on New England’s lack of wins but he could be in a far more difficult position, his side have only lost one in their last seven.

New England are yet to win away from home this season and this would be the perfect place to break that trend. They appear to be lacking a bit of confidence but have the foundation to turn things around.

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Team News

LA Galaxy have four injury concerns. Robbie Keane, Leonardo, Alan Gordon and Steven Gerrard are all doubts. Ashley Cole is suspended following his red card last time out, while Jelle Van Damme is one booking away from suspension.

New England Revolution have five injury concerns. Steve Neumann, Chris Tierney and Charlie Davis are all expected to miss out. Teal Bunbury and Je-Vaughun Watson are both doubts.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/D/W/W/D

New England Revolution’s last five: D/D/L/D/D

Key Stat: Fortress – Galaxy have only lost one of their last 13 home games in Major League Soccer (W10, D2)

Key Player: Giovani Dos Santos – LA Galaxy’s Mexican star has scored four goals in his last three appearances.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 3-1 New England Revolution – Galaxy to brush aside New England and continue their winning streak. Their goalscoring form will give them much confidence against the Revs who will can’t find a win.

MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: StubHub Center – Sunday, April 10 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 5/6 – Draw 13/5 – Portland 16/5

Match Preview

LA Galaxy welcome Western Conference rivals Portland Timbers to StubHub Centre on Sunday in a standout MLS fixture this weekend.  

Galaxy currently sit fourth in the West after a solid start to the 2016 campaign which has seen them lose just once in their four outings. They come into the tie off the back of their 0-0 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps – a respectable away point which they will look to build upon this weekend.

Bruce Arena will be pleased with how his side are performing in the early stages of the season and his defensive signings have made a great impact, as they have conceded the joint-second fewest amount of goals across both conferences.

Galaxy will be more than up for this tie and as always should be feeling confident at home. They have won nine of their last 11 ties at StubHub Centre and despite their squad being hit by some injuries to key players, LA will fancy their chances here.

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Portland Timbers have endured a difficult opening four games to the new season and they must now push on and start to pick up points if they are to stand a chance at retaining their MLS Cup title.

Caleb Porter’s side are sitting 9th, in the depths of the West, and that isn’t where the defending MLS Cup holders would have been expecting to be at the start of the 2016 season. There is no need for Timbers fans to panic as the season is still in its early stages.

Portland were thumped 4-1 away at Orlando last weekend, a result that not many would have predicted, and they need to bounce back into action this time out with a much stronger showing.

The Timbers haven’t travelled well against Galaxy, with last season’s win at StubHub their first in eight attempts. Worryingly for Porter, his side have conceded nine goals in their fours outings, something he will be desperately trying to improve on so Portland can work their way back up the table.

If Portland can take at least a point here it gives them a great foundation to build upon heading into their next two games, which are both at home.

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Team News

LA Galaxy could be without up to six players for this tie with some key faces missing through injury. Dan Kennedy, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard are all expected to be out, while Giovani Dos Santos, Jeff Larentowicz and Leonardo are all doubts. There will be added pressure for those filling in, but Galaxy are fortunate to have impressive depth to the squad, so they should be able to manage without those key players.

Portland Timbers have just three injury concerns. Defensive duo Andy Thoma and Liam Ridgewell are out, along with midfielder Ben Zemanski.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s form: W/L/W/D

Portland Timbers’ form: W/L/D/L

Key Stat: Goals – These sides have shared an astonishing 24 goals in their last five meetings. If that is anything to go by we should be in for a cracker here. 

Key Player: Gyasi Zardes – The Galaxy forward will be expected to step up and provide for his side in the absence in some of their key players. He has netted twice already this season and has the ability to provide opposition defenders will problems.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 3-1 Portland Timbers – LA Galaxy are more than capable of winning this tie despite having some key faces missing from the squad. Arena will be expecting his side to take advantage of Portland’s recent struggles and continue a very strong run of home form against their opposition. True to recent meetings between these sides there will be plenty of action and goals are to be expected.

Ashley Cole undecided over LA Galaxy move despite deal being ‘close’

Ashley Cole’s proposed move to LA Galaxy is still hanging in the balance as the English left-back is mulling over “two or three options” as to where his career will likely finish.

Reports emerged earlier this week suggesting that Cole was “close” to securing a deal that would seem him move to MLS with LA Galaxy, but that does not seem to be the case at this stage.

The 35-year-old defender is believed to enjoy his lifestyle in Italy, where he has been since joining AS Roma in July 2014, and could even decide to remain where he is.

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Crystal Palace and Manchester United have also been linked with Cole if the former Chelsea and Arsenal star opts to make a return to the Premier League.

LA Galaxy is still seen as Cole’s most likely destination but no deal appears to have been agreed as we enter 2016.

Galaxy head coach, Bruce Arena has revealed he is actively looking to bring in a few players before the start of the 2016 MLS season, with experienced additions a priority after seeing Omar Gonzalez and Juninho transferred to Mexican clubs.

“I would anticipate that we’ll add three or four players to our roster,” Arena said. “There are a lot of factors on why players come to our team as opposed to others.

“The Galaxy have a good reputation. Our players from Europe that have played here or are playing here are good spokespersons for our club.”

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A move to LA Galaxy would see Cole link up with former England teammate Steven Gerrard as well as Irish striker Robbie Keane.

However, it would be highly unlikely that Cold would sign as a Designated Player, given the fact that the Galaxy already have Keane, Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos tied down on DP contracts.

Would Ashley Cole be a good signing for LA Galaxy? 

PODCAST: MLS Cup picks, Steven Gerrard and Spurs discussed

The latest MLSGB Podcast in now available to listen to as host Zack Walford sits down with Jamie Ives and Louis East to discuss who we think will win the MLS Cup as well as talking about Steven Gerrard’s future.

The podcast finishes with the team talking about whether Spurs are the real deal after a fine start in the Premier League.

GALLERY: Exclusive images from Seattle’s 3-2 playoff win over LA Galaxy

Seattle Sounders beat LA Galaxy in one of 2015’s most entertaining MLS games as the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs got underway in the best way possible on Wednesday night.

A flurry of early goals set the tone for an attacking game between two of the league’s most dangerous teams.

It was Seattle who prevailed at CenturyLink Field though as they beat the reigning champions 3-2 thanks to goals from Clint Dempsey, Nelson Valdez and Erik Friberg.

LA’s ongoing struggles away from home once again let them down and they will now be left to plan for next season after exiting the playoffs at the first hurdle, despite goals from Sebastian Lletget and Gyasi Zardes.

Check out some exclusive photos from the game in Seattle on Wednesday night below, courtesy of our Sounders photographer Denise McCooey.

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LA Galaxy fear Klopp’s Liverpool arrival will tempt Gerrard away – report

A huge managerial appointment on Merseyside could sent shockwaves that rumble across to Los Angeles as LA Galaxy fear Jurgen Klopp’s pending Liverpool appointment could see Steven Gerrard return to Anfield.

Klopp is expected to be announced as the new Liverpool boss on Friday morning, with multiple reports suggesting a three-year deal has been offered to the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

One of his first jobs will be to assemble a backroom team to help him turn Liverpool’s season around after a slow start and LA Galaxy fear that will see the Reds approach Kop legend Gerrard, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The 35-year-old English midfield enforcer only joined the Galaxy in the summer and still has more than a year left on his 18-month contract. But he has made it clear he hopes to return to Liverpool one day in some capacity and the Mirror report claims Galaxy chiefs “believe there may be interest”.

Gerrard may feel more comfortable seeing out the remainder of his Galaxy contract, especially with the team chasing a second successive MLS Cup title, before returning to Anfield in January 2017.

Would Steven Gerrard be a good addition to the Liverpool backroom under Jurgen Klopp?

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy  

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, October 4 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 1/1  – Draw 12/5 – LA Galaxy 5/2

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders entertain Western Conference rivals L.A Galaxy in a standout fixture this weekend in a game not to be missed.

Sounders sit 4th in the Western Conference, on 46 points, trailing leaders Galaxy by four points, and will want to take a positive result from this one to avoid any late slip-ups in the race for a playoff spot.

They come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw away against Sporting Kansas City, and are unbeaten in their last five.

Sounders are yet to beat Galaxy this season and will hope that their recent form against their opponents at home, winning three of the last five at CenturyLink Field, will continue.

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LA Galaxy lead the Western Conference and the race for the Supporters’ Shield, so they have a lot to play for here.

They come into the game off the back of their 3-2 home win against FC Dallas, which ended their three game winless run.

Galaxy will hope their poor run of form away from home will not cost them in this tie, but know they face a tough task against Sounders forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.

LA’s big-game players need to step up once again this week if they are to take all three points here. Giovani Dos Santos, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard all scored last weekend and the three of them will be looking to cause problems for the Sounders defence.

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Team News

Seattle Sounders are expecting to be without Roman Torres, Andres Correa and Andy Craven. They have five players who are one away from suspension; Zach Scott, Andy Scott, Andy Rose, Gonzalo Pineda, Oneil Fisher and Brad Evans.

LA Galaxy have three injury concerns. Brian Perk remains out while Todd Dunivant and Baggio Husidic are doubts. They have no players nearing suspension.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: W/W/D/W/D

LA Galaxy’s last five in MLS: W/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: LA Galaxy have failed to win 19 of their last 21 away matches in MLS.

Key Player: Obafemi Martins – The Sounders goal machine has netted 14 in 18 appearances this season and has eight in his last eight, as ever, we can expect him to be a nightmare for the opposition defenders.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 2-1 LA Galaxy – Sounders to edge this one and take advantage of a Galaxy side who have struggled on the road.

MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas

Venue: StubHub Center – Sunday, September 27 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST) 

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – FC Dallas 9/2

Match Preview

It’s third against second in the Western Conference, in one of the standout fixtures this weekend, as LA Galaxy host FC Dallas at StubHub Center.

LA Galaxy are level on points with their opponents but have played two games more, so this is an important game as both sides are pushing to win the Supporters’ Shield.

Galaxy come into this one off the back of their 3-0 away loss against Real Salt Lake and are now winless in three. Their poor away form has cost them the chance to be leading the way for the Supporters’ Shield and Galaxy know they must win all their remaining games if they are to stand a chance of the silverware.

The previous two meetings of the season between the sides have been at Toyota Stadium where they have won one of those games each. Galaxy will be hoping they can take the upper hand and pick up six of the nine points on offer from the three fixtures and make home advantage count.

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FC Dallas are strong contenders for the Supporters’ Shield as they can top the Western Conference if they win their game in hand.

They come into this one off the back of their 3-1 loss away against Sporting Kansas City, which ended their three game winning streak.

FC Dallas will be aware they will allow Galaxy the chance to apply pressure in the race for the Supporters’ Shield if they don’t take anything from this game and they will not want to have to rely on their games in hand to make up for a poor performance here.

Dallas will be looking to put their winless run at StubHub Center to bed, they have not won here in six attempts, since 2010. This has the makings of a game to watch.

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Team News

LA Galaxy are without Brian Perk, while Jose Villarreal and Todd Dunivant are doubts for the tie. Both sides show great discipline and have no players nearing suspension.

FC Dallas have five injury concerns. Mauro Diaz, Dan Kennedy, Bakary Soumare, Stephen Keel and Kellyn Acosta are all doubts.

Key Points

La Galaxy’s form: W/W/L/D/L

FC Dallas’ form: L/W/W/W/L

Key Stat: LA Galaxy are unbeaten in their last seven home games in MLS.

Key Player: Steven Gerrard – Galaxy need Gerrard to help steer them out of their three game winless streak. He is expected to perform and lift his side when they’re underperforming.

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Score Prediction

La Galaxy 2-2 FC Dallas – The sides to share the points with Dallas’ poor record at StubHub Center to continue.

MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC

Venue: StubHub Center – Sunday, August 23 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1) 

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 4/9 – Draw 18/5 – New York City 11/2

Match Preview

LA Galaxy host New York City FC on Sunday in a standout MLS fixture. This will be the first time these franchise’s have ever faced each other and the potential reunion of the Frank Lampard vs Steven Gerrard midfield battle makes this game the most highly anticipated of Week 25.

LA Galaxy come into this game top of the Western Conference and in fine form after winning their last three matches, scoring eight goals in the process.

The Galaxy have managed to score 22 times in their last five home games – that is an average of 4.4 goals in each MLS game at StubHub Center, which is incredible. The reigning MLS Cup holders have only lost one of their 13 home matches this season which just goes to show how tough it is going to be for NYCFC to take all three points away from StubHub on Sunday.

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New York City come into this game on a two-game unbeaten streak as they beat Eastern Conference leaders DC United before drawing 2-2 against Columbus on Wednesday night.

With NYCFC currently sat in seventh position in the Eastern Conference, they will be looking to be only the fourth side to take points away from the StubHub Center this season to boost their playoff chances with the end of the regular season just around the corner.

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On average New York City conceed 1.25 goals in every away game and with the attacking dominance that the Galaxy have shown at home this season, NYCFC will most certainly have to shore things up at the back to stand any chance of success in this one.

English fans will be hoping to see Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard face off against each other in midfield once more, but Lampard’s fitness concerns mean that it’s not guaranteed.

Team News

LA Galaxy are still without goalkeeper Brian Perk for the remainder of the season. Jose Villarreal, Baggio Husidic and Todd Dunivant all missed the win over FC Dallas and are doubts for the NYCFC game. Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Giovani Dos Santos will all start, while Gyasi Zardes is expected to despite transfer rumours linking with a move to Europe.

New York City FC remain without long-term absentees George John, Tony Taylor and Connor Brandt. Javier Calle is out with a hamstring injury. Khiry Shelton is questionable, while Ned Grabavoy and Chris Wingert are doubtful after missing the win over DC United. Frank Lampard is facing a race against time to be ready as he continues to battle a thigh injury.

Key Points

La Galaxy’s form: W/W/W/W/W

New York City’s form: W/L/L/W/D

Key Stat: LA Galaxy have scored an average of 2.3 goals per home game this season. Attack.

Key Player: Robbie Keane – The Irishman has been in fine form this season, scoring 13 goals, 10 of which have come at home. He could prove to be the difference this weekend and it’s tough not to see him continuing his fine scoring form at home this Sunday against a leaky NYCFC defence. With his incredible movement and keen eye for goal, we can see him causing New York City’s defence huge problems.

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Score Prediction

La Galaxy 3-2 New York City – This looks like a game that promises plenty of goals due to the creativity that both sides have in their midfield through the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo. These veterans should create chances throughout the game and with both sides boasting clinical strikers in Robbie Keane and David Villa, we can see this game being an end-to-end affair with lots of goals. The Galaxy haven’t managed a clean sheet in their last five encounters, which means this game could be closer than what many may think, though the home side should still edge it.