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Galaxy aims to begin turnaround, Johnson suspended
by Ridge Mahoney, May 20th, 2014 9:12PM

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[MLS: Week 12] Citing a heavy dose of road games to explain away a mediocre record is all well and good, as long as results can be generated at home. The LA Galaxy will need a win at StubHub Center on Wednesday to escape the Western Conference basement. D.C. United has managed to get out of the Eastern Conference cellar into which it sunk last season, but it will be without Eddie Johnson for its match with Houston as he as slapped with a one-game suspension by the MLS disciplinary committee for a reckless challenge in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Montreal.

LA GALAXY-FC DALLAS. The Galaxy (2-3-3) hosts FC Dallas (5-5-2) at StubHub Center in just its third home game of the season, and it needs to do a better performance in the absence of U.S. internationals Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez than it displayed last week in a 1-0 loss at Houston. Rob Friend and Samuel started up top with Robbie Keane in support and head coach Bruce Arena used Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Rogers and Raul Mendiola (in his MLS debut) as subs in a futile effort to get a goal that never came despite producing 19 shots, six of which were on frame.

FC Dallas slowed its recent slide by tying Chivas USA, 1-1, at home last weekend. It has conceded 10 goals in five away games, and without a tighter effort defensively the Galaxy won’t be blanked again this week.

D.C. UNITED-HOUSTON. United took it on the chin against the Dynamo last year, losing all three meetings by combined scores of 8-2. Two of those games were at RFK Stadium, where D.C. managed just one goal in a 2-1 loss. The other game ended 4-0 to the visitor.

So far in 2014, Houston (5-5-2) is just two points and two spots in the standings ahead of fourth-place D.C. (4-3-3). During the offseason, United acquired defender Bobby Boswell from Houston, which untypically has conceded at least three goals in a game on three occasions.

The Dynamo attack is also depleted by the international callups for its two primary attacking catalysts out of midfield, Brad Davis (USA) and Oscar Boniek Garcia (Honduras). Without that pair, Giles Barnes -- who scored twice against United last year and netted last weekend to down the Galaxy, 1-0 -- and Andrew Driver will need to push the attack, and head coach Dominic Kinnear could also give a start to Omar Cummings.

Johnson broke out of his personal scoring drought by heading home a Fabian Espindola cross late in United’s 1-1 tie with Montreal last week. But his reckless challenge on Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins earlier in game earned his a one-game suspension by the MLS disciplinary committee.

MLS WEEK 12, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Friday, May 23
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE, UDN
Saturday, May 24
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
New York vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
New England vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 25
8 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia, UDN
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Houston

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
20 New England 6-3-2 19/13
17 Sporting KC 5-4-2 16/10
17 Houston 5-5-2 18/19
15 D.C. United 4-3-3 14/12
14 New York 3-4-5 18/19
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13 Columbus 3-4-4 13/14
12 Toronto FC 4-4-0 9/9
12 Chicago 2-2-6 19/17
11 Philadelphia 2-6-5 15/20
7 Montreal 1-5-4 8/18

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
25 Seattle 8-3-1 23/19
23 Real Salt Lake 6-0-5 23/13
17 FC Dallas 5-5-2 21/20
16 Vancouver 4-2-4 16/12
15 Colorado 4-4-3 12/14
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10 San Jose 2-4-4 10/12
10 Chivas USA 2-5-4 13/20
10 Portland 1-3-7 16/19
9 LA Galaxy 2-3-3 8/7
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
9 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
8 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
8 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
6 Federico Higuain, Columbus
6 Joao Plata
, Real Salt Lake
6 Will Bruin, Houston
6 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake

MLS WEEK 13, Schedule:
Tuesday, May 27
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. New York, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wednesday, May 28
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 31
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
5 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. New England, MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE, UDN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE


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