Sigi Schmid’s team are on the rise, having just finished routing the Crew in a contest featuring four goals and a clean sheet to go unbeaten in five straight. All three Designated Players and most of their attacking pieces are finally available.
Saturday’s matchup vs. a rejuvenated New England Revolution (4:30 PT, Spectrum SportsNet) is the first of three road games for the LA Galaxy. Can Zlatan and company continue their fine run of form?
What to watch
The Revs are no joke. New manager Brad Friedel has brought a winning mentality to New England, instilling belief in his players while turning around a club pundits predicted had little chance of competing in 2018. The former USMNT keeper who once saved a penalty in a World Cup had this to say regarding LA’s attack.
“I think with the players they have they are going to go forward and try to score a little more than what Seattle did. In saying that, they do hit an incredible amount of long balls, very uncharacteristic of the Los Angeles Galaxy teams in the past,” Friedel said. “More times than not, [David] Bingham hits the ball long so it could turn into a little bit of a second ball game, but saying that there will be more space for us to attack.”
Turf blues. Gillette Stadium has by a comfortable margin the worst surface in the league. There‘s always the possibility Sigi chooses to sit Ibrahimovic to avoid a potential injury, but with Zlatan’s competitive nature and the Galaxy eager to move above the playoff line, we will likely see the Swedish target striker in uniform, even if he begins the match on the bench.
Ola Kamara should be available despite tweaking his left calf over the weekend, while Bradford Jamieson IV is still recovering from a hip strain.
Predicted starting 11
How to watch
Date/Time: July 14th, 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Gilette Stadium
TV: Spectrum SportsNet & Spectrum Deportes
Stream (outside of LA): ESPN+
Referee Robert Sibiga, ARs Eric Weisbrod, Kevin Klinger and 4th official Rubiel Vazquez, Tim Ford on VAR.