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MLS Preview: Los Angeles Galaxy (2-9-3) at Real Salt Lake (4-6-4)

Real Salt Lake has lost only two of its 15 home matches against the Los Angeles Galaxy (W8 D5) in all competitions dating back to June 2013, including winning each of the last two meetings at America First Field. Real Salt Lake has never won three home matches against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Real Salt Lake has won only two if its first seven home MLS matches this season (D2 L3), including going winless and goalless in its last three at home (D2 L1). Real Salt Lake has never gone four straight home games in a single season without scoring, only doing so in its last three at home in 2016 and first in 2017.

Los Angeles Galaxy has lost eight of its last 10 matches (W2) and has a league-low nine point after 14 games this season. Only nine teams in MLS history have failed to reach 10 points in their first 15 matches of a season, most recently D. C. United in 2013.

Jefferson Savarino scored Real Salt Lake’s lone goal in its 1-1 draw with Minnesota United FC on Saturday, his 20th goal contribution since returning to the club last May (11 goals, 9 assists). No other Real Salt Lake player has been involved in more than eight goals since Savarino’s first match back last May.

The Los Angeles Galaxy have attempted 15.9 shots per match this season, second-most in MLS behind only cross-town rivals Los Angeles Football Club (16.4) but have the joint-fewest goals in the league (10) for a conversion rate of 4.5 percent. Since 2010, no MLS team has played a full season converting less than 5.0% of its attempts.

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