The Galaxy are coming off a sluggish 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday, so they won’t have much time at all to turn the page and rest. Given that, don’t be shocked if the lineup is heavily rotated for this game. Still, the Quakes themselves are on the same rest, after drawing 1-1 against Minnesota United on Tuesday, playing down a man for most of the game. So maybe they’re even more tired, especially since Matias Almeyda generally does not rotate his lineup very much.
Chicharito is listed as questionable, but Greg Vanney told reporters Thursday that the forward is unlikely to feature. Sega Coulibaly and Jorge Villafaña are also questionable, but they are expected to be in contention and available. For San Jose, Nathan is suspended, while Cristian Espinoza is questionable on the injury report.
The Galaxy have won the first two meetings between the teams this year, can they make it three in a row? With a big week ahead, bookended by two huge rivalry matches, they’ll be aiming to begin this stretch on the right foot. We’ll see how it goes.
According to our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Thursday afternoon, LA are (-125), San Jose are (+360) and a draw is at (+270). So the Galaxy are huge favorites at home, coming against the team with the longest unbeaten run in MLS at the moment. Interesting.
How to Watch:
Friday’s match between LA and the Earthquakes will be televised nationally on ESPN2, which you can watch via Fubo TV. The TV broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 7:38 pm.