The Los Angeles Galaxy and New England Revolution have a history of meeting in big matches.
Three times the clubs have faced off in the MLS Cup, with the Galaxy winning all three meetings — including a 2-1 decision in their most recent matchup with a title on the line in 2014.
But neither have resembled their recent championship form this season as they each enter Saturday night’s match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. riding four-game league losing streaks.
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Los Angeles (6-9-4) fell to 1-6-3 at home this season with a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. Tony Tchani beat Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe in the 64th minute for the decisive goal.
One positive for Los Angeles was the return of Jermaine Jones, who saw his first league action in 10 weeks after sustaining an MCL sprain in May.
Jones played for the Revolution from 2014 to 2015 and may be among the starting 11 with Joao Pedro unavailable because of yellow card accumulation.
“It’s an easy game, it’s an ex-club, and of course I still have a bunch of friends there, but it’s a regular game,” Jones told LAGalaxy.com. ” … It’s tough for teams to come there (to Foxborough) and get points, but of course I want to play.”
New England (5-9-5) is 5-2-2 at home and had its 11-match home unbeaten streak snapped June 17 in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire, the first of its four straight MLS defeats.
The New York Red Bulls handed the Revs their latest league defeat on July 5, a 3-2 loss in Foxborough.
Lee Nguyen scored his seventh goal of the season, tying Juan Agudelo for the team lead, and Teal Bunbury netted his first of the year in the match for New England.
Kelyn Rowe returns for the Revs against the Galaxy after his first career U.S. men’s national team stint, in which the 25-year-old had one goal and an assist.
“Coming back here, I want to make sure that this (my success) doesn’t stop,” Rowe told the team’s official website.” I think the performances have been getting better and better personally, and I want to make sure that performance still stays at a high level.”
The Galaxy are ninth in the Western Conference standings and five points below the playoff line. The Revolution are 10th in the Eastern Conference and nine points out of the playoffs.