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MLS Preview: New England Revolution and LA Galaxy take to pitch on Independence Day weekend

There will be plenty of fireworks taking place across the United States this weekend to mark Independence Day, and we have a couple of cracking matches to look forward to. In this preview, we will look ahead to Columbus Crew v New England Revolution, and LA Galaxy v Sporting Kansas. We will also check in on the latest match odds for these pivotal clashes.

Columbus Crew rue missed opportunity after goalless draw against Austin

Normally a point on the road is considered a good result in the MLS. But Crew, who have lofty ambitions this term, couldn’t find a winner against Austin. Gyasi Zardes had a shot cleared off the line, and Crew also had a penalty appeal turned away after Darlington Nagbe tumbled in the area following a challenge by Alexander Ring.

Crew head coach Caleb Porter was disappointed his side couldn’t convert their chances and grab three points. He said: “We wanted to win the game for our supporters. We knew it was a meaningful game.” Crew have averaged 1.5 points per game from their 10 MLS games to date, but they face an eminently harder challenge against New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Columbus Crew ready to open up new home this weekend

Crew will play their first game at Field, and fans will be desperate to see their side get off to a flying start at their new home ground. The only concern for Crew, who are fifth in the Eastern Conference, is that the fixtures are piling up, and by this weekend, they will have played four times in the space of two weeks.

New England Revolution suffer rare slip up against FC Dallas

Revolution have been scintillating this term, but they were caught out by FC Dallas last weekend. Ricardo Pepi was the thorn in the Revolution side, as he scored a double to end FC Dallas’ six-game winless streak. While Revolution suffered only their second defeat of the campaign, Dallas had started the night bottom of the Western Conference Standings.

New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena dismisses title talk

After embarking on a five-game winning streak, Revolution came back to earth with a bump. Having looked defensively solid in the opening weeks of the campaign, Revolution has conceded six times in their last three outings. Clearly, the backline looks more vulnerable, and Bruce Arena isn’t thinking about the title. He said: “Right now, we’re talking about building our team to be a better team.”

Los Angeles Galaxy keep pressure on Seattle Sounders with California Clasico victory

The Galaxy have been in flying form of late, and they picked up three more points last weekend as they dismantled San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 in the California Clasico. Javier Hernandez bagged a double. The former Manchester United striker took his tally to 10 for the season, and the result kept the Galaxy on the coattails of Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders.

Currently, the Galaxy, who are five points adrift of the top of the Western Conference, are third in the table. But they have been grinding out the wins, and have emerged victorious in three of their past four outings. Against San Jose, Galaxy saw less of the ball, but in Hernandez they have a striker who is lethal, and he can sniff out any chance.

Sunday night’s clash between Galaxy and Kansas City sees second take on third in the Western Conference, and there are just two points separating both sides. And if the head-to-head is any indicator as to how things might unravel, then recent form would point towards a Galaxy victory. In their last home against Kansas City in the MLS, Galaxy romped to a 7-2 victory.

Sporting Kansas leave it late to grab three points against LAFC

Sporting Kansas have a habit of picking up some important wins, and against LAFC last weekend, they left it late to grab all three points. Daniel Salloi netted the winner three minutes from time for his third goal in his last two outings. Kansas have made their home ground a fortress, as they are unbeaten in seven games there this term.

But Kansas have conceded the first goal seven times in 12 matches this term. While they demonstrated tenacity to get back into the game against LAFC, they can’t afford a slow start against Galaxy, otherwise they will be punished. While Galaxy have come out on top at home in recent meetings, this could be a very open encounter, so expect lots of goals.

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