Galaxy trying to fight out of slump as schedule approaches late stages – Orange County Register

Even in Major League Soccer, time will eventually run out.

That’s approaching rapidly for the Galaxy.

Including Saturday night’s meeting against New York City FC, the Galaxy have 12 games remaining, and to complicate matters, the club begins the week in ninth place in the Western Conference, nine points behind the sixth and final playoff spot.

“I think we’re at home and at one point we have to switch it,” Galaxy midfielder Jermaine Jones said. “It’s time now, especially if you want to slide into the playoff spots.”

Unfortunately for Jones and the Galaxy, the results at home this season have contributed to the disappointing current form.

The Galaxy (6-11-5) has won only one of its last 11 home games, mustering a 1-6-4 record.

“Establishing your abilities at home is really important,” Coach Sigi Schmid said. “If you can reverse those records, home and away, you’d probably rather reverse them. You want people to come into this building and you want people to be afraid and they come into the building knowing that this is going to be a really tough game.

“We can talk about it all we want, yeah, they are things you can do, but at the end of the day, all that reestablishes that confidence and rekindles that fear in the opponent is you have to start winning games.”

Schmid said he still believes this team is a playoff team.

The Galaxy are on a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) and are averaging just 1.05 points per game.

The lone home victory came all the way back on April 7.

“If you can get one (a goal) early, it sets the tone and opens up the other team,” Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe said. “The longer the score stays tied at zero, or if you’re trying to come back, you put yourself kind of in a hole.

“You want to get an early goal if you can and then kind of open up and play from there. It is something that we ideally would like.”

JONATHAN DOS SANTOS SET FOR HOME DEBUT

Jonathan dos Santos made his Galaxy debut Sunday, playing 26 minutes as a substitute in the 3-1 loss to Portland. After a full week of training, dos Santos should see an extended run Saturday night.

“Yes, I only have four training sessions with the team. I am training more at my rhythm each time,” he said. “It’s difficult because I hadn’t played in some time, but the important thing is that I am here to contribute to the team.

“It’s what I have always done, to help the team in defense, in offense, and to help balance the team, and that is what…

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