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LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United FC | 2018 MLS Match Preview

LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United FC
2018 MLS Regular Season — Week 24

StubHub Center — Carson
August 11 - 10:30 pm ET

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Two teams coming off last-minute losses in Week 23 meet at StubHub Center as the LA Galaxy host Minnesota United FC Saturday night.

The Galaxy are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids, which snapped a nine-match unbeaten streak, while the Loons surrendered a pair of stoppage-time goals in a 2-1 home loss to Seattle Sounders FC.

The Galaxy have won their first two meetings with Minnesota United, outscoring them 5-1 in the process.

LA Galaxy

Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was unavailable per MLS policy after missing the MLS All-Star Game, the Galaxy (10-8-5) raced out to a first-half lead, but conceded twice in the second half in a 2-1 loss at Colorado Saturday night.

Romain Alessandrini scored his seventh goal of the season to put the visitors in front in the 33rd minute. Red-hot Kellyn Acosta leveled in the 50th minute before Sam Nicholson struck for the dramatic 90th-minute winner.

“We have to make sure it’s just a bump in the road,” Sigi Schmid said. “We’ve had a good stretch, but all of those things come to end at some time, so we have to stand up. We know what we did wrong, we have to look at that and make sure we come out ready to play next week against Minnesota.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: D - Michael Ciani
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - Rolf Feltscher (shoulder surgery)

Projected Starting XI
(3-4-1-2, right to left)
GK: David Bingham — Dave Romney, Michael Ciani, Jorgen Skjelvik — Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen, Jonathan dos Santos, Ashley Cole — Giovani dos Santos — Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ola Kamara

  • Notes: Ibrahimovic is averaging 1.5 goals+assists per 90. Since 2010, no player has averaged more than 1.4 per 90 over the course of a season (min. 1,000 minutes played). … Los Angeles saw their nine-game unbeaten run end in their 2-1 loss in Colorado last weekend. The Galaxy have not lost back-to-back league matches since a four-game losing streak in May.

Minnesota United FC

After four consecutive wins at TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesota (9-13-1) dropped a 2-1 decision to Seattle Sounders FC Saturday. It was the Loons' second consecutive defeat.

Darwin Quintero opened the scoring in the 19th minute with his 10th goal of the season and that lead held up until second-half stoppage time when Nicolas Lodeiro leveled from the penalty spot and Will Bruin followed with the decisive goal six minutes later.

“Obviously bitterly disappointed,” Heath said. “Our home form has been really good. To come away with nothing is a little bit of a killer blow to be honest. They were hanging at the door and eventually they knocked it in.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Collen Warner, M - Rasmus Schuller
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M - Sam Cronin (cervicogenic dysfunction), M - Kevin Molino (torn left ACL), M - Ethan Finlay (torn ACL), D - Jerome Thiesson (right leg injury), M - Maximiano (right knee injury)

Projected Starting XI
(3-1-4-2, right to left)
GK: Bobby Shuttleworth — Michael Boxall, Brent Kallman, Francisco Calvo — Collen Warner — Miguel Ibarra, Ibson, Rasmus Schuller, Alexi Gomez — Darwin Quintero, Angelo Rodriguez

  • Notes: Since his debut on Apirl 14 only two players have more goals+assists than Quintero (18). … Minnesota have lost their last eight road games in MLS play, allowing 3+ goals in seven of the eight matches.

All-Time Series

  • Overall: LA Galaxy 2 wins, 5 goals … Minnesota United FC 0 wins, 1 goal … 0 draws
  • At LA: Galaxy 1 win, 3 goals … Minnesota United FC 0 wins, 0 goals … 0 draws
  • Last meeting at LA: LA Galaxy 3, Minnesota United FC 0 (Oct. 15, 2017)

Officials

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: Kevin Klinger, Kyle Longville
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
VAR: Rosendo Mendoza

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LA Galaxy
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Minnesota
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Season Stats

LA GalaxyMinnesota United FC
23Games Played23
10Wins9
8Losses13
5Draws1
44Goals36
38Goals Conceded46
225Shots205
106Shots on Target101
287Fouls committed285
221Fouls suffered233
52Offside43
127Corners107

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
LA36743441.9
MIN56912361.6
01234+Avg
LA214132.2
MIN244121.8
01234+Avg
LA153301.7
MIN325001.2

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
LA63770381.7
MIN28382462
01234+Avg
LA313401.7
MIN272201.3
01234+Avg
LA324301.6
MIN011622.9
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