Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes on the road for the first time as the LA Galaxy battle the Chicago Fire at a sold out Toyota Park Saturday afternoon. (12:30 PT, Univision and Twitter) Bet on the Swedish striker sharing a laugh with former Manchester United teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger.
What to watch
Where did Gio go? It’s been over a month since dos Santos strained a hammy vs. NYCFC and the El Tri regular has yet to return to action. When pressed, Sigi admitted it was unlikely Gio would play Sunday after limited training during the week.
Reportedly, dos Santos was participating in full training before El Trafico two weeks ago. Are the Galaxy simply being overly cautious or has the Designated Player suffered a setback?
Play faster. That’s the advice of the Armchair Analyst, who for the most part believes LA are on the right track.
The Galaxy need to mostly do what they did in that game, except faster. They generated more than 20 shots, hit the woodwork a bunch and forced Tim Melia into a Player of the Week performance. Pressing forward a half-step quicker could’ve/would’ve made those gaps fractionally wider, and when that happens players of the quality of Ola Kamara and Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the ball in the net.
I agree. This is a new group of players who have not had sufficient time to play together, much less build cohesion. We have yet to see what the lineup looks like with all three DPs plus Zlatan. (And Sebastian Lletget)
That half-step will come in time.
Predicted starting 11
How to Watch:
Date/Time: April 14th, 12:30 PT
Venue: Toyota Park
TV: Univision, Twitter
Stream (outside of LA): ESPN+
Referee: Ted Unkle
ARs: Kyle Atkins, Kyle Longville
Referee The Coaches Yell At: Fotis Bazakos
VAR: David Barrie