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LA Galaxy to resume MLS season this month with El Trafico clash

Here’s the next six games on the schedule.

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The LA Galaxy have been gearing up for the next phase of the 2020 MLS regular season, and now we know the upcoming schedule, right around the corner, for the campaign.

LA’s next six games, playing a regionalized schedule, will kick off with one El Trafico at Dignity Health Sports Park and will include another one at LAFC’s stadium, plus two California Clasicos, so get ready for a lot of rivalry vibes in the coming weeks.

Here’s the upcoming schedule, with the league planning to release the remainder of the regular-season schedule to run through Decision Day on Nov. 8 sometime next month:

  • Saturday, Aug. 22: LAFC vs. Galaxy (at Banc of California Stadium)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26: Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders (at Dignity Health Sports Park)
  • Saturday, Aug. 29: Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes (at Dignity Health Sports Park)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2: Portland Timbers vs. Galaxy (at Providence Park)
  • Sunday, Sept. 6: Galaxy vs. LAFC (at Dignity Health Sports Park)
  • Sunday, Sept. 13: Earthquakes vs. Galaxy (at Earthquakes Stadium)

Teams will attempt to limit their time in road venues, saying they will fly charter or take buses to short trips, and try to fly in on gameday and fly out right after games when possible.

The Galaxy’s announcement includes the note that games will likely be without fans: “At this time, the majority of the matches in local markets will be played without fans in attendance. MLS and club leadership are working with local health authorities and government officials on a plan for limited capacity at certain games where allowed.”

If I were a betting person, I’d wager there will be no games in California with fans allowed this year, but who knows. Since this is a year of surprises, you never know what will happen. That goes in the other direction, too — given the recent coronavirus outbreak on LA Galaxy II, with a slew of games in California postponed in the USL Championship, who knows if MLS will get similar outbreaks and have to adjust the schedule accordingly, or if the knock-on effects are even greater.

So we’ll see. But for now, we have six games on tap for the Galaxy. It’s not an easy slate, but here’s the latest opportunity for LA to get their season on track in 2020.

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