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MLS Preview: Dallas keen to break drought

FC Dallas will be looking for their first win in six matches when they take on Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday in Major League Soccer.

The Galaxy will host the Western Conference’s second-placed team, with Dallas having gone without a win in all competitions since their 3-0 triumph over Texan-rivals Houston Dynamo on June 12.

Despite their poor run, Dallas are second in the Western Conference, just two points behind Real Salt Lake, and can draw level with the leaders on 34 points this weekend with a win over LA, as the Utah-based club have a week off.

Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman needs to get striker Kenny Cooper back in form, with the 28-year-old having last scored in the triumph over Houston when he notched a brace.

Cooper has only scored three goals this season, including his double versus Dynamo, but should be hitting the target more often for Dallas based on his record of 18 goals in 35 games for New York Red Bulls in 2012.

Dallas have been held scoreless twice in their winless run and could drop to third in the Western Conference if they fail to beat fourth-placed LA and third-placed Portland Timbers win away to Columbus Crew.

The Galaxy will enter Sunday’s game at Stubhub Center after a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Columbus, while Portland’s last result was a 3-2 success against Dallas in the US Open Cup.

In the Eastern Conference, Montreal Impact will aim to extend their lead at the top of the standings when they host Chivas USA on Sunday.

Chivas are bottom of the Western Conference and have won just once in 14 games in all competitions, while Montreal have claimed victory six times and drawn on four occasions in that same period.

MLS’ leading goal-scorer Marco Di Vaio (11 goals in 16 games) will be key to Montreal’s hopes, although the Impact’s head coach Marco Schallibaum will be concerned by his team’s defensive form as the Canadian club have conceded seven goals in their past two matches.

Montreal lead the Eastern Conference by two points from New York Red Bulls, who do not play this weekend, while third-placed Philadelphia Union head to Texas to take on Houston.

In other MLS fixtures, New England Revolution will host San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps will face Seattle Sounders in a Cascadia Cup clash, Chicago Fire will welcome Sporting Kansas City to Illinois and Colorado Rapids are up against DC United.

Fri 5 July, 2013
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