FC Dallas-Galaxy Preview


Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena didn't have any groundbreaking answers following his club's latest tough defeat that extended its winless streak to four.

He's more concerned with how Los Angeles will respond at home against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.

Playing without Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez as they compete for roster spots on the U.S. World Cup team, the Galaxy (2-3-3) had a costly giveaway off a throw-in that led to the game's only goal against Houston on Saturday.

"Get on the field and win on Wednesday, that's how you right the ship," Arena said.

As for any adjustments after Los Angeles fell to 0-2-2 during its slump?

"To win, that's our strategy every game," Arena said. "Our team needed to get a goal and we came up short."

Forward Robbie Keane, who has a team-best five goals, simply said the Galaxy can't be as careless moving forward.

"We have to do better," Keane said. "Most of our goals (conceded) - nearly all of them - have been from mistakes, so we give people opportunities like that in a game, they're going to take it. ... It's no one's fault. Whatever happened happened, and we have to stop doing it fairly quickly, because it's happened too many times.

"If we keep making mistakes like that we can forget about even making the playoffs."

Dallas (5-5-2) also has been struggling, but Fabian Castillo scored in the 83rd minute of a 1-all draw with Chivas USA on Saturday to end a four-game losing streak.

It marked Castillo's first goal in nine games after scoring in two of the first three. He decided to fight through an injury rather than be removed shortly before his goal.

"Fabian is a young man still who is getting mature and gaining experience," coach Oscar Pareja said. "When he was off the field, it was suggested from the medical department (to take him out), but he was brave enough to come back because he knew his team needed him.

"I thought the game would give him a chance and that just shows the commitment that he has. I will always support these kind of actions for sure."

Though Dallas earned a point, Pareja is hopeful his club can get back in the win column soon.

"Obviously on a night where we were expecting to get three points, (Saturday) was a disappointment for the team," Pareja said. "We were hoping to get out of the struggle we've had during the last week and a half."

Dallas again will be without a number of players who are battling injuries. Midfielder Hendry Thomas will miss at least six weeks with a muscle tear, Mauro Diaz is expected to be out until at least June after knee surgery and Kellyn Acosta, George John and Andres Escobar aren't expected back any time soon.

Dallas has been outscored 8-2 while going 0-3-1 in its last four road matches against Los Angeles. It has dropped three straight away from home after opening 1-0-1 on the road.