Galaxy eye first home win against struggling Sounders

Henry Tran - The Sporting Tribune
The Galaxy return to a forecasted to be rainy DHSP, to host the Seattle Sounders on the heels of a 3-2 comeback victory last week in Kansas City.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — After a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Sporting Kansas City last week, the Galaxy (2-0-3) return to Dignity Health Sports Park to host the Seattle Sounders, searching for the first victory in front of the home crowd this season. 

The Sounders have not started the season as planned, with Seattle still searching for its first win this season.

The G’s enter Saturday’s match unbeaten through the first five matches this season, yet are tied for third most goals conceded in the MLS with nine. Four goals have come on opposing corner kicks, with another leading to a Galaxy own goal.

“We’ve got to defend set pieces better,” Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney said. “We had to defend a lot of set pieces, but we didn’t do our job and I think that’s five we’ve given up this season and that’s too many.” 

This trend could mark trouble for LA, who have yet to earn a clean sheet this season, even though Seattle has a goal differential of -2 through four matches. 

The weather and field conditions because of it could play a factor into both teams’ offenses, with heavy rain forecasted in LA through the weekend, it could be a struggle for either team to put the ball in the back of the net.

The match is scheduled to be played rain or shine barring a decision from MLS officials, according to the Galaxy’s service and support account on X.

This week mark the first MLS Matchday featuring crews of full-time referees this season, after agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Referees Organization (PRO), the MLS-backed organization that handles professional refereeing in North America.

Saturday’s referee crew will be led by Ismail Elfath.

Regardless of the conditions on the pitch, or which crew will officiate the match, the Galaxy will need to maintain defensive composure for 90 minutes, a task the club hasn’t quite accomplished yet this season. 

Dejan Joveljic will be on the hunt to stay in the MLS Golden Boot race, with five goals through five matches, another goal from him Saturday could very well end up being the difference maker while keeping him par for the course atop the league’s goal tally. 

Saturday’s match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted on Apple TV’s MLS Season Pass.