The LA Galaxy are back in league play on Saturday when they take on Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park.
The Galaxy played their first ever soccer game at the Sofi Stadium on Wednesday, a friendly League Cup showcase against Chivas de Guadalajara, winning 2-0 courtesy of goals from Dejan Joveljic and Jonathan Perez. The Galaxy need to stay healthy first and foremost, but beyond that they need a pick-me-up, and that game may have been just what the doctor ordered. That, combined with their swoop at the end of the transfer window for Barcelona product Ricky Puig (unlikely to be in the country today, and therefore even more unlikely to feature), means that perhaps at long last, the Galaxy have turned a page on the season and are now heading in the right direction.
Sporting didn’t have a midweek game, they only had one game last week, disastrous results. They lost 2-0 at home to Austin FC in a league match last weekend, following their US Open Cup semi-final loss to Sacramento Republic (who we all know can’t be taken lightly) midweek. Kansas City’s season has been horrendous on the league front, with only the Open Cup to play for and it’s gone. So they’re playing for dignity and their jobs, or they’re going to crumble like a house of cards.
That means the Galaxy have a golden opportunity at three key points on the road, which they need as they fall below the playoff line. Can they do it? Tonight we find out!
- Jorge Villafana (knee) – Out
- Daniel Aguirre (bottom) – Out
- Victor Vazquez (Bottom) – Out
- Alan Pulido (knee) – Out
- Gadi Kinda (Knee) – Out
- Courtney Ford (suspended) – out
- Cameron Duke (Suspended) – Out
- Tim Melia (hamstring) – Out
- Ozzie Cisneros (hamstring) – Out
- Khiri Shelton (calf) – Questionable
- Logan Ndembe (hamstring) – Questionable
According to our friends At DraftKings Sportsbook, Saturday morning, LAs (+130), Sporting (+175) and draw (+260). While the Galaxy is pretty much a pushover, on the road, it’s not too shabby.
How to watch:
Saturday’s game between LA and Kansas City will be broadcast nationally on UniMass and TUDN and streamed for free in English on Twitter. TV coverage will begin at 5:30 PM PT with kickoff at 5:33 PM.