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Lineup Notes:

  • Starting in goal is Jonathan Bond. The Englishman has posted four shutouts and 120 saves in 30 games played for the Galaxy this season.
  • Starting at right back is Julian Araujo, who has appeared in a career-high 31 games played (31 starts) for LA, ranking first on the team in assists (6) and interceptions (55).
  • Making his 25th appearance (18th start) of the season is Nick DePuy, who tallied his first assist of the season in the 1-1 draw against Seattle on Nov. 1.
  • Next to DePuy is Derrick Williams, who makes his sixth consecutive start for the Galaxy dating back to a 2-1 win over Portland on Oct. 16. Williams has tallied three assists in 20 games played (19 starts) for LA in 2021.
  • Making his second consecutive start at left back is Jamaican International Oniel Fisher, who has logged 11 appearances (4 starts) in 447 minutes played during the 2021 campaign.
  • On the right side of the attack is Victor Vázquez, who leads the team with 58 chances created and ranks tied for second on the Galaxy with five assists.
  • Captaining the Galaxy is Jonathan dos Santos, who has tallied six goals and 12 assists in 102 career regular-season appearances (90 starts) across five seasons played in LA.
  • Next to Dos Santos is Rayan Raveloson, who ranks tied for second on the team in goals scored (5) in 21 games played (21 starts) this year.
  • Playing on the left side of the attack is Sebastian Lletget, who has registered two goals and five assists in 25 games played (20 starts) in his seventh season with the Galaxy.
  • Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who leads the Galaxy with 15 goals scored, gets the start at the forward position. Chicharito has tallied eight goals in nine games played at Dignity Health Sports Park in 2021.
  • Kévin Cabral, who tallied the game-winning goal against Minnesota United FC on Aug. 14, starts up top next to Chicharito.

Game Notes:

  • The LA Galaxy (13-12-8, 47 points, -4 GD) sit in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, five points behind the fourth-place Portland Timbers (16-13-4, 52 points, 1 GD), one point behind fifth-place Minnesota United FC (13-11-9, 48 points, -2 GD) and sixth-place Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12-9-12, 48 points, 0 GD).
  • Sunday’s match marks the ninth MLS regular-season meeting between LA and Minnesota, with the Galaxy leading the series 5-1-2.
  • In three all-time meetings at Dignity Health Sports Park between the two clubs, the Galaxy hold an unbeaten record (2-0-1), outscoring the Loons 8-4.
  • In the last meeting between LA and Minnesota at Dignity Health Sports Park, Jonathan dos Santos and Sebastian Lletget each tallied goals in a 3-2 win on March 16, 2019.
  • The Galaxy rank tied for 11th in the league in goals scored (47).
  • As a team, the Galaxy have scored six headed goals.
  • LA has tallied three goals from outside the box.
  • The Galaxy have registered 44 goals scored inside the box this season.
  • LA has tallied five penalty-kick goals during the 2021 campaign.
  • LA holds an 8-4-4 record in 16 matches played at Dignity Health Sports Park this season.
  • Dating back to the beginning of the 2015 MLS regular season, Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney ranks first amongst all MLS head coaches in wins (98). Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes ranks second (96), while Philadelphia’s Jim Curtain ranks third (91). Orlando’s Oscar Pareja (85) ranks fourth, while Seattle’s Brian Schmetzer (84) rounds out the top five.
  • With the win over Houston Dynamo FC on Oct. 20, Vanney became the 12th coach in MLS history to win 100 regular-season matches.
  • Vanney has a 3-2-0 record in five all-time MLS regular-season games managed against Minnesota during his time as a manager in MLS (2014-Present).
  • Seventeen different players have made their Galaxy debut this season under Head Coach Greg Vanney.
  • Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez ranks tied for sixth in MLS in goals scored (15) in 20 appearances for the Galaxy during the 2021 campaign.
  • Chicharito ranks fourth in MLS in goals per 90 minutes played (0.82) with a minimum of 600 minutes played, behind only LAFC’s Cristian Arango (0.89), D.C. United’s Ola Kamara (0.88) and Columbus’ Miguel Berry (0.84).
  • In nine games played at home during the 2021 campaign, Chicharito has tallied eight goals.
  • Chicharito has notched seven goals in 11 road games played during the 2021 season.
  • Julian Araujo has appeared in a career-high 31 games played (31 starts) for LA, ranking first on the team in assists (6) and interceptions (55) and ranks tied for second in the league in tackles won (53) during the 2021 campaign.
  • Victor Vazquez leads the team with 58 chances created in 27 games played (20 starts).
  • Dejan Joveljić has notched two goals and two assists in 14 regular-season games played (6 starts) in his first season with LA.
  • Sebastian Lletget is the club’s active leader with 157 regular-season games played (130 starts), adding 22 goals and 27 assists for the Galaxy.
  • In five career appearances (4 starts) in regular-season play against Minnesota, Lletget has registered two goals and one assist.
  • Jonathan dos Santos became the 30th player in team history to appear in 100 MLS regular-season games for the Galaxy in the 2-2 draw to FC Dallas on Oct. 23.
  • In seven career appearances (5 starts) in regular-season play against Minnesota, Dos Santos has notched two goals an one assist.
  • Kévin Cabral, who tallied a goal in a 3-0 win over Houston on Oct. 20, ranks tied for second on the team with five goals and one assist in 27 games played (23 starts) for LA in his first season with the club.
  • Rayan Raveloson’s ranks tied for sixth in the league in headed goals (3) this year.
  • Jonathan Bond ranks third in the league in saves (120) during the 2021 campaign.
  • Samuel Grandsir, who has tallied three goals and ranks tied for second on the team in assists (5) in 2021, is the only player on the roster to appear in every match this season (33).
  • Notably, Grandsir ranks second in the league in nutmegs (10) behind only Minnesota United FC’s Emanuel Reynoso (15).
  • In 25 games played (16 starts), Efrain Alvarez has tallied two goals and three assists.
  • Derrick Williams has notched three assists in 20 games played (19 starts) during the 2021 campaign.
  • Sacha Kljestan ranks tied for second on the team in goals scored (5) and has notched four assists in 29 games played (13 starts) in his second season in LA.
  • Kljestan ranks tied for third in the league in penalty-kick goals (4).
  • Daniel Steres has tallied eight goals and four assists in 151 games played (137 starts) in his career across all competitions for LA.
  • In his first season with the Galaxy, Sega Coulibaly has played in 19 games (17 starts) during the 2021 campaign.
  • Oniel Fisher, who has played in 11 games (4 starts) for LA in 2021, has made four consecutive appearances dating back to Oct. 20.

Storylines:

  • The Galaxy can clinch a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs with a win over Minnesota United FC, in addition to a plethora of other scenarios!
  • Can LA maintain their unbeaten record at home against Minnesota United FC (2-0-1)?
  • Will Chicharito continue to bang in goals for the Galaxy?
  • Julian Araujo will look to put a stamp on his career season in the match against Minnesota.
  • LA Galaxy x adidas Gazelle shoe dropping next week (insert eyeball emojis).

LA Galaxy Playoff Clinching Scenarios

LA Galaxy will clinch a berth in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • LA Galaxy win vs. Minnesota United FC

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  • LA Galaxy tie vs. Minnesota United FC AND
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC AND
  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City

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  • LA Galaxy tie vs. Minnesota United FC AND
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC AND
  • Los Angeles Football Club lose or tie vs. Colorado Rapids

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  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City AND
  • Los Angeles Football Club lose or tie vs. Colorado Rapids

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