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LA Galaxy at LAFC match preview: What to watch, predicted starting 11 and TV schedule

Can the El Trafico sequel live up to the original?

Los Angeles FC v Los Angeles Galaxy Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Months after the first El Trafico erupted into the greatest game in league history, can tonight’s sequel live up to the classic original? (7:30 PT, ESPN)

What to watch

LAFC’s secret weapon: Portuguese attacking midfielder André Horta signed with the expansion club as their 3rd Designated Player back in March, has been in LA for over a month and has yet to see a minute of league action.

Don’t be surprised if Horta sees the field tonight, possibly even from the get-go. (Knowing Sigi, the coaching staff will be prepared)

Mental toughness: The Galaxy have come a long way the past few months, but how the team collectively responds to adversity in a hostile environment will be telling.

If LA give up the first goal, do heads drop? If someone on LAFC gets in a Galaxy player’s face, will his teammates have his back? (In the past two matches LA have come back from early deficits to win consecutively on the road)

Heading to the Banc? Check out our no-holds-barred review of downtown LA’s new soccer specific stadium.

Predicted starting 11

How to Watch

Date/Time: July 26st, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Banc of California Stadium
TV: ESPN
Stream (outside of LA): ESPN+

Officials

Referee Alan Kelly, ARs Cameron Blanchard, Matthew Nelson and 4th official Baldomero Toledo. VAR: Drew Fischer