For third meeting between these two teams, and last El Trafico of the MLS Regular Season, the LA Galaxy will host Los Angeles Football Club on Friday Aug. 24 at 10:30pm P.T. at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The first two meetings had a combined total of eleven goals, so the next iteration of El Trafico is sure to impress. Here is what you need to know before the match:
- The Galaxy enter the match with a 10-9-7 overall record, 6-4-3 at home so far this season, and sit in 5th place in the Western Conference standings with 37 points from 23 matches. Winless in their last four, and earning just two points in their four matches so far in August, the Galaxy are searching for a way to stop their current poor form. Their last match, a 5-0 loss in Seattle, is one that the team is looking to quickly forget.
- LAFC have recently snapped back from a five game winless streak of their own, with two wins in their last two games. They have a 12-7-6 record overall, with 5-6-1 on the road, and sit in second place in the Western Conference with 42 points from 25 games.
- The first El Trafico, hosted by the Galaxy at the StubHub Center, was a spectacle on its own: Zlatan’s first MLS match, LAFC taking a 3-0 win only to lose with two goals from Ibrahimovic that, as he later admitted, were born out of pure adrenaline, since he had landed in Los Angeles only two short days earlier
- The second El Trafico match, at Banc of California Stadium, still had the tenacity of the first game, but was much less the Zlatan show that the first meeting was. LAFC took an early two goal lead, with goals from Vela and Nguyen, but, once again, the Galaxy were able to make their come back with goals from Alessandrini and Kamara in the closing minutes of the match.
Now that we’re caught up with recent history, let’s dig deeper into Friday’s match:
- The Galaxy are expected to be without three of their starters, Romain Alessandrini, Giovani Dos Santos and Michael Ciani, due to injury. Midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos missed the Galaxy’s last match due to the knock he took in the match prior, but is expected to play on Friday.
- As for LAFC, they have been more fortunate with fighting off the injury bug. The only player ruled out for this match, beside the two on potentially season ended recovery, is Adama Diomande, who is recovering from a left adductor strain.
- For yellow card accumulation watch, LAFC’s Walker Zimmerman and Eduard Atuesta will be suspended if they get one yellow card, and Lee Nguyen and the Galaxy’s Ashley Cole and Jorgen Skjelvik will be suspended after two yellow cards
- Jair Marufo will be the center referee for Friday night’s match. Ian Anderson and Jeffrey Greson will be the ARs for the evening, while Joseph Dickerson will be the 4th official and Allen Chapman will be on VAR duty.