It is three points or bust for Real Salt Lake in keeping the club's fading playoff hopes alive.
Salt Lake has no margin for error when it visits last-place Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday. RSL (5-8-7, 22 points) is winless in its last two matches while it seeks to make up ground. The Utah club has picked up just one point since mid-October amid continued offensive struggles. With the news that a postponed match against Colorado won't be made up, RSL only has two chances left to gain enough points to sneak into a playoff spot.
"We have to play to win," Salt Lake coach Freddy Juarez said. "What else can I tell the guys?"
FC Dallas and San Jose both shut out Salt Lake in its last two matches. RSL has scored a scant 24 goals through 20 matches, which gives the club the second-lowest-per-match scoring average in the Western Conference -- ahead of only Vancouver.
The Galaxy (5-11-3, 18 points) are in a worse spot than Salt Lake at this point. Los Angeles has scored 24 goals in 19 matches while yielding 41 goals -- the most per match of any Western Conference team.
Club ownership had seen enough and fired their coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto on Thursday with three games left in his second season. Dominic Kinnear will oversee the Galaxy as interim coach for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Barros Schelotto posted a 21-26-6 record in his time with the club.
"Based on results, we have decided to go in a different direction," LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese said in a statement. "The LA Galaxy is a club that is built on winning on the field and being representative of the championship mentality and pedigree that you expect in Los Angeles."
--Field Level Media