There’s not much left to talk about.
The task for the LA Galaxy on Sunday is straightforward: Win on the road (2 PT, ESPN) and hope the Portland Timbers can manage to prevent Real Salt Lake from taking all three points at Providence Park. Should the results fall their way, the Galaxy could secure a 2018 MLS Cup playoff spot with a victory at home vs. the Houston Dynamo on the final day of the season.
If RSL wins, LA have to pray the Vancouver Whitecaps defeat the Portland Timbers on the 28th to have any shot at the playoffs. If the Galaxy fail to win, they are eliminated from postseason contention.
What to watch
Will Zlatan be available? Yes. Will Zlatan start? I’m guessing not. Assuming the Galaxy were to make the postseason, LA would likely open vs. the Timbers on the road. On more artificial turf.
Can Zlatan’s surgically repaired knee recover from multiple games on the controversial surface? You never know, we are talking about Zlatan after all. That being said, if LA need a goal or two he’s coming in.
ESPN+ Prepare to root for the Timbers.
Predicted starting 11
How to Watch
Date/Time Oct. 21st, 2:00 p.m.
Venue TCF Bank Stadium
Streaming (outside of LA) ESPN+
Referee Alan Kelly
ARs Jeremy Hanson and Matthew Nelson
4th official Fotis Bazakos
VAR Geoff Gamble