When the LA Galaxy put it all together last month, their convincing victory over their city rivals confirmed Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s team are capable of great things.
Of course this was before the former Boca Juniors manager was reunited with his master student, Argentine winger Cristian Pavón. LA have had a few uneven performances since and the results haven’t been there, but with Pavón’s presence on the pitch the attack is a different animal. Only inhuman goalkeeping prevented the Galaxy from smashing D.C. United, and despite being a man down for 83 minutes the Sounders were lucky to not get blown out of the park by LA. (Imagine when Romain Alessandrini returns!)
It will be interesting to see how this side does on Sunday (7:30 PT, FS1) against a LAFC team who have won four straight but are increasingly vulnerable in defense.
What to watch
The back four conundrum. With Daniel Steres out due to red card suspension, who will fill in for the center back?
With Carlos Vela occupying a central role vs. the Quakes, LA might be served best by pairing Diego Polenta alongside Giancarlo Gonzalez in the center knowing full well Bob will attempt to pit Vela vs. Jorgen Skjelvic in transition, and instructing Polenta to keep Vela isolated.
Will Brian Rodriguez make his debut? LAFC’s third Designated Player should be available for El Trafico IV. Of course, former DP Andre Horta is infamous for his debut last year vs. the Galaxy at the Banc, when his erroneous back pass led to Ola Kamara tying the match at 2-2.
How to watch
Date/Time Aug 25th 7:30 PT
Venue Banc of California Stadium
Referee Allen Chapman
ARs Adam Wienckowski, Kevin Klinger
4th official Elvis Osmanovic
VAR Sorin Stoica