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Greg Vanney reveals his plans for LA Galaxy during international break

Chris Smith
After a positive start, Galaxy are winless in their last nine matches
After a positive start, Galaxy are winless in their last nine matches / Shaun Clark/Getty Images

Greg Vanney says he'll focus on improving the LA Galaxy's final ball during the upcoming international break.

The five-time MLS Cup champions came from a goal behind to draw 1-1 with rivals LAFC on Sunday night, but remain without a win in their last nine matches.

They've only scored more than one goal in a single game on one occasion during that run. Although they did come close a couple of times, Victor Vazquez's through-ball to set up Samuel Grandsir's equaliser against LAFC was their one moment of true quality on Sunday.

But with a two-week break before the Galaxy host the Portland Timbers, Vanney says he'll be working on improving the 'timing' of his side's play in the final third.

"I think, obviously, as you've seen some of our final actions, is trying to get the timing right, trying to get the last ball, the last action as right as possible, getting to the areas we want to get to," Vanney responded when asked what's on the agenda during the international break.

"I feel again like our timing, our final pass, our final decision, our final run, those things are still a little off from where we'd like to be. I thought we were more efficient around the goal in the first part of the year, I don't think we were necessarily creating more chances in the first half of the season, I think we were just finishing more of the chances we were creating, and therefore, it feels different.

"I think we're in the box more, we are controlling games in the opposition's half a little bit more now than we even were in the beginning of the year, we were just more efficient around the goal in the first half of the season and that equated to goals and in the end, it equated to us being able to get results and get on top of games.

"This was another game where we give up the first goal off of a set-piece and then we're pushing for the game through the stretch. We have to work a little bit on the final action, and just try to get our timing right as much as we can."

Though the likes of Jonathan dos Santos and Sebastian Lletget are away with Mexico and the USMNT, respectively, Vanney is blessed to have Javier Hernandez and Dejan Joveljic around over the next two weeks.

The former Toronto FC boss wants to work on getting the pair more in sync as a two-striker partnership, highlighting that they're performing too similar roles to each other right now.

"We won't have everybody here but we can certainly work with the guys that we have and spend some time with Javier [Hernandez] and Deki [Dejan Joveljić] in front of the goal to mix and match their runs," Vanney added. "Sometimes, I feel there are a lot of similarities in the two of them and sometimes we can work to get some of them playing off of each other a little bit more, and working together so when we play with two strikers. That can be an option too."

The Galaxy's recent slump has seen them drop to sixth in the Western Conference, just two points above the Vancouver Whitecaps below the playoff line.