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New York City FC vs. LA Galaxy, 2016 MLS: Match Preview

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New York City FC v Los Angeles Galaxy Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

For only the second time ever in the club’s histories, the LA Galaxy and New York City FC will meet in a Major League Soccer match. In fact, this is the first time the LA Galaxy will set foot at Yankee Stadium, the place NYCFC is calling a temporary home for the next few seasons.

The only previous match between these two team ended with a 5-1 thumping in favor of the Galaxy. Of course, these teams are meeting in completely different circumstances this time around. NYCFC, now coached by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, are currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings. What’s more, they are tied with crosstown rivals New York Red Bulls as the highest scoring team in the league with 43 goals scored.

As such, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, who is a native of New York, will have to think very carefully about the right approach this game. His Galaxy will go through their last major road trip of the season, which is always difficult when it involves cross-country flights. Not to mention the Galaxy travel to Chicago to play the Fire just three days later.

Still, it is not always too early to start thinking about earning extra points towards a possible homefield advantage in the MLS Cup playoffs. The Galaxy are after all unbeaten in their last nine league matches, albeit three straight draws. The key might be to get Robbie Keane scoring again. Keane was absent from the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw to the Rapids last week, but Bruce Arena expects him to be back for the game against New York.

Earlier in the week, the club celebrated Keane’s fifth year with the Galaxy. Needless to say, Keane will go down as one of the best players to ever wear the Galaxy jersey. In a game with the likes of David Villa, Andre Pirlo, Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard, look to Robbie Keane to be the player that can make all the difference in this match.

LAST MEETING

LA Galaxy 5-1 NYCFC - August 23, 2015 - MLS

Robbie Keane led the way with two goals and two assists as the Galaxy cruised to a victory over NYCFC.

LIKELY LINE-UPS

LA Galaxy (4-2-3-1): Rowe; DeLaGarza, Steres, Van Damme, Cole; De Jong, Gerrard; Zardes, dos Santos, Lletget; Keane

NYCFC (4-3-3): Saunders; Hernandez, Brillant, Mena, Allen; Iraola, Lampard, Pirlo; Taylor, Villa, McNamara