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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (All times Eastern)

FC Dallas (5-5-2) at Los Angeles (2-3-3), 10:30 p.m.

Carson, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of struggling Western Conference teams will meet at the StubHub Center on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Galaxy play hosts to FC Dallas.

After a remarkably strong start to the season that saw the club claim five wins from its first seven matches, FC Dallas has cooled off considerably, going 0-4-1 since.

A 1-1 home draw against Chivas USA at the weekend to snap a four-game slide was a step in the right direction, but Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja remains disappointed.

"Obviously on a night where we were expecting to get three points, tonight was a disappointment for the team," Pareja said after the match. "We were hoping to get out of the struggle we've had during the last week and a half. The game became complicated after Chivas scored in the second half. During the first half we managed the game. We had some options, even if it was without the penetration that I would have liked to see from this team."

Fabian Castillo netted the equalizer for Dallas, an impressive show of resolve given that the striker nearly exited the match with an injury.

"It shows a lot of character," said Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa. "Obviously, he's had that injury this whole week. Just for him to push and get back on the field, it was amazing. It shows how much we want it and how much we believe."

The Galaxy, meanwhile, have struggled to get going due to some disjointed scheduling.

Because of CONCACAF Champions League play earlier in the year, Los Angeles has played just eight MLS regular season matches, four fewer than Dallas.

The Galaxy's recent struggles resemble those of FC Dallas as Bruce Arena's men have produced a 0-2-2 record over their last four games. They most recently suffered a 1-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium, the second match in their last three in which they failed to score a goal.

"We just didn't finish; it's hard to believe they even got a goal," said Arena. "They weren't going to get a goal and we gave them a chance and to their credit they finished it. We're very disappointed to walk out of here without at least a point on a night where maybe we're not great, but the other team is not dangerous and we have got to find a way to get a goal."

Los Angeles will need to reshuffle the squad in order to compensate for the losses of Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez, who are away with the United States national team in preparation for the World Cup.

The loss at Houston marked the Galaxy's first match without the national team duo. Robbie Keane was dropped into an attacking midfield role to atone for Donovan's absence while Tommy Meyer made his first start in central defense to deputize for Gonzalez.

05/20 16:49:29 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
7:30pm Tonight
BRK 0
POR 0
7:30pm Tonight
NYK 0
SAC 0
Final
OKC 92
MIN 84
 
Final
MEM 103
ORL 94
Final
NOP 99
PHI 74
3rd
UTA 60
BOS 66
 
1st
LAC 0
DEN 0
 
Final
AMER 66
ARMY 68
 
Final
OU 59
CLST 56
 
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
PBY 54
HIGH 63
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
Final
DET 53
WRST 64
 
Final
NCAT 71
COPST 84
 
Final
SCST 65
HAMP 56
 
Final
COOK 42
HOW 45
 
Final
NWST 80
NICST 51
 
Final
NO 87
CARK 67
 
Final
CAMP 78
GWEBB 59
 
Final
FAM 65
MDES 72
 
Final
INCWORD 86
MCNST 84
 
Final
SAV 54
NORST 70
 
Final
ABCHRIST 63
SHSU 80
 
Final
LAM 65
STEPH 82
 
Final
SELA 61
TAMCC 70
 
Final
VALPO 73
UWMIL 48
 
2nd
ALAAM 72
ALCOR 62
 
2nd
ALAST 50
SOUTH 51
 
2nd
ARKPB 81
PVU 55
 
2nd
ISU 69
TEX 51
 
1st OT
MVSU 64
TXSOU 64