Getting off to a strong start has not been a strong point for the Los Angeles Galaxy this season.
The Galaxy have scored three goals before halftime through nine MLS matches, underscoring the offensive struggles that Los Angeles early in the season. It is also one key issue among many that has left the Galaxy just one point ahead of last-place Colorado in the Western Conference standings entering Sunday's match against the host New York Red Bulls.
In three of the four games that Los Angeles (2-5-2) has at least a point, the Galaxy needed second-half goals to secure a positive result -- including a two-goal rally to force a 2-2 draw with Chicago last Saturday.
Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo hopes the rally against the Fire offers the wakeup call his team needs ahead of the match.
"For me, it's a mentality," Onalfo told MLSSoccer.com. "The message is heard loud and clear, and I anticipate that we'll start well."
Los Angeles will be looking to end a four-game skid, but it will be a difficult task in one of the league's toughest venues for visiting teams.
New York (5-5-1) will be hungry to avenge two road setbacks in its return home. The Red Bulls lost to Sporting Kansas City and previously winless Philadelphia by a combined 5-0 score last week. >> Read more
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