There's light at the end of the tunnel.
Following Saturday's road matchup vs. the Houston Dynamo (6 pm, Time Warner Cable Sportnet and Deportes), the Galaxy welcome back Jaime Penedo, Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon from international duty, new Designated Player Giovani Dos Santos joins the team, and presumably the real fun begins.
For now however, there are questions for LA heading into the contest.
Can LA finally win a league match on the road? As lethal as the Galaxy have been in front of goal at the StubHub Center, they simply haven't been able to replicate that form on the road in 2015, even after LA's recent offensive resurgence. For example, sandwiched in between blowouts over Philadelphia (5-1) Portland (5-0) Toronto (4-0) and San Jose (5-2) are losses to the Earthquakes (3-1) and RSL (1-0) away from home.
You can't be a MLS Cup contender if you can't win on the road, and at some point the Galaxy have to reverse this cycle.
How will Steven Gerrard perform in his first road game? The Galaxy just flew into Houston Friday afternoon, so jetlag is a possibility. According to weather reports, the game temperature for tomorrow looks to be 92 degrees with 54% humidity. As someone not used to the rigors of MLS, will these factors affect Gerrard's performance?
Also, look for former Chivas USA forward Cubo Torres to make his home debut for the Dynamo off the bench.