LA Galaxy welcome Montreal Impact to StubHub Center on Saturday 8:00 am, Live on Dsport, as Week 6 kicks off with a battle between two sides that have combined for just one win in eight games so far this season.
As the LA Galaxy lick their wounds after a loss at Vancouver dropped them to 1-3-0 on the season, the Montreal Impact head into the final game of a three-game road trip having drawn three matches in a row. Picking up another point at LA would be a solid result for the Bleu-Blanc-Noir, while anything less than a win would only ratchet up the concern for the Galaxy.
Head coach Curt Onalfo needs to start getting the Galaxy firing. They may have lost some key players over the offseason but the squad is much better than results suggest so far. A first home win of the season is undoubtedly needed on Saturday.
Montreal are also desperate for a win. They’ve not picked up a victory yet through four games and are likely to struggle without Ignacio Piatti once again, with the playmaker sidelined with a groin problem.
The Impact have drawn three-straight games but are 10th themselves over in the East and must start climbing the table to prevent the need for a late-season surge if they are to be playing postseason football again.
Montreal have not won away at Western Conference opposition since the opening day of last season and face an uphill task if they are to take anything away from their long journey to California on Saturday, even if the Galaxy are underperforming.
This will be the sixth MLS meeting between the two sides since Montreal entered the league five years ago. Both sides have won win each, with the Impact winning last season’s lone meeting 3-2 in an entertaining shootout at Stade Saputo.
LA Galaxy remain without Robbie Rogers and Sebastian Lletget but should have everyone else available for their third home game of the campaign. Giovani Dos Santos, Ashley Cole and Gyasi Zardes all returned at Vancouver last week and should start on Saturday night.
Montreal will be without Victor Cabrera after the centre-back was sent off in last week’s draw in Chicago. Ignacio Piatti is set to miss out again with a groin injury, while Andres Romero and Shamit Shome are also sidelined. Laurent Ciman is listed as ‘questionable’ but is expected to be passed fit in time to return to the side here.
LA Galaxy 2-1 Montreal Impact – This is certain to be a cagey game between two out-of-form sides that know they must go for all three points in Saturday’s clash. LA have the pressure of being at home and must deliver for their own fans, while Montreal are not going to be at full strength because of injuries and suspensions, which could cost them as they look set to remain without a win this term.