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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps

May 10, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

Landon Donovan

Is this game too early to call it a ‘must win’ for Martin Rennie? Definitely.

But the Scotsman is correct to be alarmed at the way his team have performed in recent weeks.

The Whitecaps are struggling through several growing pains, with new acquisitions taking far too long to gel. Against Real Salt Lake last weekend, Rennie didn’t mince his words when assessing his sides performance.

“The players have to decide whether they’ve got the desire or not,” Rennie said. “In my opinion, they need to apologize to the fans for that performance. They need to take a good, hard look at themselves and they need to decide if they want to be a part of the club going forward.”

Wow. Okay. So maybe hosting the two-time reigning MLS Cup champs at home is exactly what this ‘Caps team needs to snap out of the slump they find themselves in. Maybe not. Vancouver currently boast a 0-5-1 record against LA.

Vancouver sit second from bottom in the West, level on points with bottom side Seattle, but Vancouver have played one game more. They have won twice this season from nine games, both those were at home. Those wins also came in the first two games of the season. They ‘Caps haven’t won a single MLS games since March 9. No time like the present.

On the flip side, the visiting LA Galaxy have plenty of positives going in to this game. DP, captain and 2012 leading goalscorer Robbie Keane should return after missing out after he suffered an ankle injury against Sporting KC on April 20. Todd Dunivant is also close to returning as he also missed the last two games through a knock.

LA have lost just once away from home this season, a 1-0 defeat to Western conference leaders FC Dallas. With their young stars performing wonderfully of late, can they keep their place in the lineup as the experienced pros return?

With Vancouver keen to make the playoffs once again this season, a few minor tweaks here and there should do the trick. Up front the pace of Kekuta Manneh and Darren Mattocks will give any defense problems, especially at BC Place. LA’s defense will have to be on their toes.

The Galaxy will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after their 1-0 defeat at home to the Houston Dynamo last weekend. While Vancouver will take a point. I can see a narrow win for LA in this, 2-1, as Landon Donovan continues to regain his form and fitness, Keane returns and LA try to ramp up the heat on Dallas, RSL and Portland above them in the standings.

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