After slumping to a road defeat, can an indefinitely shorthanded Galaxy squad cobble together the right lineup to take all three points (Saturday, 7:30 pm) vs. an improved Minnesota United FC?
What to watch
Last week we mused the last minute departures of Ola Kamara and Giovani dos Santos plus the sudden acquisition of Joe Corona basically extended the LA Galaxy pre-season. That harsh reality came to light in Frisco as a team lacking cohesion and depth in attack struggled immensely to generate any offense vs. FC Dallas without Romain Alessandrini and the talismanic presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto has been experimenting with Uriel Antuna as a central attacker this week, so expect to see a different look vs. Minnesota United FC as the boss continues to tinker with the lineup.
Sebastian Lletget says he’s good to go for Saturday. He’s going to be wearing a mask to shield his broken nose. The mask will be custom-fit to Sebi’s face.— Adam Serrano (@AdamSerrano) March 14, 2019
Where are Ibra and Romain, anyway? Both Designated Players should be available by March 31st’s home fixture vs. the Portland Timbers.
Back to back road victories have given Minnesota United the perfect start to the season thus far, and Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath didn’t mince words when asked why.
After winning two straight, I asked Heath what’s different this year than years prior. He didn’t hold back, #MNUFC: pic.twitter.com/Jde6GZhko9— Joel Soria (@soriajoelfutbol) March 10, 2019
Fundamentally, he’s not wrong. Adding Ozzie Alonso and Ike Opara have reinforced MNUTD’s spine and Jan Gregus has brought quality to the central midfield. That being said, the Loons have faced two substandard opponents in the Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes. Can they replicate the feat vs. LA?
How to Watch
Date/Time Saturday, March 16th 7:30 PT
Venue Dignity Health Sports Park
Streaming MLS Live