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Will MLS champion Sounders turn around slow start of season against Galaxy, like they did last year?

Will MLS champion Sounders turn around slow start of season against Galaxy, like they did last year?

Only two teams have repeated as MLS Cup champions in the past 20 years, and the Seattle Sounders’ Stefan Frei, who tends goal for the reigning kings, thinks he knows why.

“You have a very short off-season,” he said. “[And] all the teams are going to be gunning for you. But that’s what we’re facing. We’re going to have to deal with it.”

So far, they haven’t dealt with it very well, winning just one of six games this season heading into Sunday’s matinee with the Galaxy at the StubHub Center (1 p.m., ESPN, ESPN Deportes).

That’s hardly causing a panic in Seattle, however. Last year, the Sounders entered August ninth in the 10-team Western Conference, then rallied to win...

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