Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham says his side are confident ahead of Saturday’s game with Portland Timbers in the MLS.
Reigning MLS champions Galaxy have endured a mixed campaign to date.
They beat Chicago Fire 2-0 away from home in their last fixture, but had suffered successive defeats to Philadelphia Union and San Jose Earthquakes prior to that.
On Saturday they make the trip north to face Portland Timbers, and David Beckham is expecting a typically warm reception from the Oregon natives.
John Spencer, Timbers coach in their inaugural MLS campaign last season, was sacked this month, and replaced on an interim basis by former Portland player Gavin Wilkinson.
“It is always a tough place to go, there is a passionate crowd of 30,00 people (at Portland) and they are a passionate team,” Beckham said.
“We know it is going to be a tough game. Obviously John Spencer being fired from their team and a new manager coming in, sometimes that can be a good thing for a team.
“A team can come together and show a lot of unity. I wish John all the best because he is a good guy and a good manager, but with their team this could be a good thing for them and we shall see.”
Following the clash with the Timbers, Galaxy have another away fixture against Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps, and striker Robbie Keane knows the squad’s depth will be put to the test.
“The next three games we have coming up (are crucial),” Keane said.
“We have got three games on the road before coming back here (Los Angeles) to play Chivas.
“It is certainly a big couple of weeks for us so these are the games when you need the whole squad of players to pull together. There are going to be a lot players needed in the next few games so it is important everyone is ready for it.”