These 3 LA Galaxy players need to step up

Which trio of footballers have to do better if the LA Galaxy look to win sixth title
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Joseph Paintsil
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3. Joseph Paintsil

The 26-year-old sensation from Ghana has four goals on 30 shot attempts this year. He has also assisted on five other goals for the LA Galaxy.

Painstil has started in all thirteen games this year. In the last four games for LA, he has not recorded a goal or an assist. The last contest he was able to do so was almost a month ago against San Jose. In that game, he had one of each.

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In fact, in all three games this season when Paintsil tallies both a goal and an assist, the Galaxy has won those games. Twice against San Jose and the other instance was on the road against Vancouver.

Last game against Minnesota United FC, it was only the second time this season that Paintsil did not take a shot attempt. Of his 30 shot attempts, just a dozen of them have been on target (40%).

To put this into perspective, Joveljic has 30 shot attempts this year with 14 of them being on target (56%). Though Paintsil's passing has been stellar, his scoring has to improve if the Galaxy are to finish atop MLS again.