The New England Revolution have regularly found themselves facing early deficits during their longest losing streak in nearly two years.
They'll be focused on preventing Gyasi Zardes and the Los Angeles Galaxy from putting them in another quick hole Wednesday night.
New England (7-8-2) has surrendered 10 goals during a five-match skid.It allowed a goal in the third minute of a 1-0 home loss to Chicago on Saturday, the fifth straight match in which the Revolution surrendered the game's first goal in the first half.
Chris Tierney failed to even the score on an 86th-minute penalty kick.
"Tonight I thought we were going to come out flying and we got punched right in the face in the first 2 1/2 minutes," coach Jay Heaps told the team's official website. "We have to be better. It's on us."
New England's five-game losing streak is its first of that length since dropping five in a row July 29-Aug. 25, 2012. The Revolution haven't lost six straight since starting 0-6-0 in 2001.
Despite the struggles, general manager Michael Burns told the league's official website that the club won't rush to add players. The MLS summer transfer window opened last Wednesday and continues through Aug. 6.
"That being said, if we get a guy or two that comes in, great," Burns told the league's official website. "And if we don't, we do feel confident with the locker room that we have. I think we've shown that we can play, and beat anyone in the league."
New England leading scorer Lee Nguyen is available after serving a one-game suspension for stomping on Real Salt Lake's John Stertzer on July 4.
The host Galaxy (3-6-3) are unbeaten in their last seven matches and are 4-0-2 at home since a season-opening loss to Salt Lake.
Zardes scored in the 20th minute of a 1-0 win over RSL on Saturday. All four of his goals this season have come in his last seven games, matching his 29-match total as a rookie in 2013.
Zardes has surpassed Landon Donovan's total of three goals and trails Robbie Keane (seven) for the team lead.
"It was a good finish," Keane told the team's official website. "Scoring goals is a habit and the more that you do it, the easier it comes. That's how you feel as a striker and he's certainly feeling that now so long may it continue."
The Revolution have won the last two meetings while outscoring Los Angeles 8-1, including a 5-0 home victory in last season's lone matchup June 2. Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe each had a goal and two assists, but Fagundez hasn't recorded a point in five straight and Rowe is without a goal in his 10 matches this season.
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