The Fire resume MLS league play on Sunday by travelling to Los Angeles to take on the best team in the the league so far this season. The Galaxy are atop the standings and in command in the race for the Supporter's Shield on 40 points with an impressive 12-2-4 record. Fortunately, the Fire may be catching them at an opportune time.
Los Angeles' play has not been as impressive in recent weeks in comparison to the months of April, May, and June. Bruce Arena's side is 2-2-1 in all competitions in July and recent results have shown some vulnerability in their previously inpenetrable defense. The Galaxy have allowed 2 goals in three of their last four matches. After being bounced from the US Open Cup on July 7 in a 2-0 loss to Seattle, LA lost to New England three days later by the same 2-0 score.
The following weekend (July 18) provided a postive result after a 2-1 victory in Washington over DC United but LA faltered again four days later and was fortunate to gain a point in a 2-2 home draw against the San Jose Earthquakes. Landon Donovan scored on a rebound in the 90th minute off a rebound shot that Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch probably could have handled. The goal kept the Galaxy from suffering their first home defeat of the season.
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