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LA Galaxy - Seattle Sounders match preview

Can the MLS Cup champs get three points vs. the Supporters Shield winners?

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Riding a four game winless streak and having gone 267 minutes without a goal, the LA Galaxy head into Sunday's rematch of the 2014 Western Conference finals vs. the Sounders craving a victory. (4 pm, Fox Sports One)

For Galaxy fans, the talk all week has centered on the Galaxy's poor start to the season. Do LA have an MLS Cup hangover? Is there an identity crisis in the midfield?

Naturally, Bruce isn't worried.

AJ DeLaGarza sums it up best. "It takes time, but at the same time, we can't look back at the end of the year and say 'Where did we lose points?"

A boost for the Galaxy will be the return of Jose Villarreal, who on the left wing has been instrumental in the Galaxy attack. Villarreal should be good to go after sitting out the Vancouver match with a hamstring injury. Word is that Mika Vayrynen is improving, though Leonardo is still questionable.

The Sounders haven't changed much this off-season, with the exception of former Bolton right back Tyrone Mears replacing DeAndre Yedlin. (Btw, Yedlin just made his EPL debut for Tottenham earlier this morning) Mears is not as dynamic as Yedlin but better in distribution and can whip in a quality cross. Unfortunately for the Sounders, Gonzalo Pinedo will be unavailable, serving a red card suspension.

This should be a fun one. Neither team has gotten off to the best start nor played particularly well, but similar to the US Mexico rivalry, the competitive nature of two teams that don't like each other should motivate both teams to be at their best. 

The MLS Cup champs vs. The Supporter's Shield winners. Buckle up.