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Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy meet for the first time this season, both teams still looking for their first win

Bridgeview, IL – Saturday, March 11, 2017: The Chicago Fire defeated Real Salt Lake by the score of 2-0 in a Major League Soccer (MLS) game at Toyota Park. Photo by: Robin Alam

The LA Galaxy have not seen much luck at home since the MLS season began.  They are looking for their first win on Saturday as they play Real Salt Lake in Salt Lake.  Neither team has yet to win a game.

The last time the Galaxy played Real Salt Lake, was in the 2016 MLS Cup Play-offs.  The Galaxy won that match 3 – 1.  However, it is no secret that the Galaxy, with a much younger team, a new coach, and many new players, have faced a variety of changes since then.

Real Salt Lake, however, is not without their fair share of struggles either.  Despite dominating possession of the game during their face off against Chicago Fire, they got very few viable shots off on goal.  This could partially be attributed to them playing without three of their top center backs and new DP, Joao Plata.  Additionally, just 26 minutes into the game against Chicago Fire, Jordan Allen was forced to sub out due to a right quadriceps strain.

The combination of injuries and lack of offensive pressure on goal has led to Real Salt Lake being scoreless in the first two games of the season for the first time in the team’s history.

This calls for the Galaxy to step up their offensive pressure and do what RSL has failed to do thus far, score goals.  They will likely need new players, like midfielders Romain Alessandrini and João Pedro, to make a real dent in Real Salt Lake’s defense.

Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy play on Saturday, March 18th at 6:30 PM on SpectrumSN/SpectrumD at Rino Tinto Stadium.

 

Photos courtesy of ISI.

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