Time is running out for the Galaxy.

With 10 games remaining, the Galaxy sits in fourth place in the Western Conference, despite at times looking inconsistent and like a team below the playoff line.

That has been evident recently. The Galaxy is 0-2-3 in its past five games. In its past four home games, the team has picked up just two points out of a possible 12.

Also, the Galaxy has only one win in its past seven games. The effort in Wednesday’s first-half draw with Houston left coach Greg  Vanney questioning the team’s intensity and energy.

“We’ve got to be able to find the emotion and the urgency and still stay organized and purposeful in what we’re doing,” Vanney said after the 1-1 tie at home against the Dynamo. “We’re back and forth on that one where we have urgency and intensity and then we lose a little bit of the structure of the game and what we’re trying to do. And then at times when we have a little bit of structure, we lack the purpose and intensity in the game, so those two have to get to a balance so that we can find the form that we’re looking for.”

The Galaxy (11-8-5, 38 points) will conclude its stretch of three games in eight days Saturday night at Minnesota United FC (5 p.m.). The Galaxy’s last win came in its first visit to Minnesota, 1-0, on Aug. 14.

The Galaxy will get a week off following Saturday night’s road game, but the return will see another three-games-in-eight-days stretch starting Sept. 26.

Javier Hernandez knows time is dwindling on the season and a first half like Wednesday can’t become the norm. Last week, he reiterated the goal is to win a championship, but added that there is much more for everyone to do to accomplish that goal.

“Every player needs to be as responsible as they can,” he said following Wednesday’s draw. “There’s no excuses … there’s a point that any player needs to take full responsibility if you want to be a better player, if you want to get better opportunities, if you want to have better contracts, if you want to become a better DP, if you want to get into national teams, if you want to go to Europe. It’s just ambition and that’s something that if you don’t have it in there then you need to find it and seek it.

“And I’m speaking for myself too because that’s what I want to do. I’m giving my everything in this passion, in this profession, in this sport that I love so much. It doesn’t matter if I score goals or I don’t score goals, I am not a hero. If you give your all, then soccer is going to give you back so many (things) and that’s something that my dad taught me since I was a kid. That’s something that you don’t learn in books or in training. You need to have that passion, to have that desire.

“In the end, we are humans. And in the end, it’s competition, but in the end, I want to win. I want to get as many points as we can.”


When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Allianz Field, Minnesota

TV: Spectrum SportsNet