Starting XI presented by Modelo: Minnesota United vs. LA Galaxy | April 24, 2019

 

Lineup Notes

  • Guillermo Barros Schelotto will make just one adjustment to the starting lineup from last weekend’s 2-1 win over Houston, as Emmanuel Boateng will fill in for an injured Romain Alessandrini.
  • Goalkeeper David Bingham once again gets the nod in net – Bingham has started every MLS match for the Galaxy since his signing in January 2018. Bingham has allowed just one goal – a penalty – in his previous three contests.
  • At right back, Julian Araujo will make just his second-ever MLS start along the backline, again filling in for the injured Rolf Feltscher (groin). The talented US Youth International signed with the team ahead of the start of the season after featuring in the LA Galaxy Academy.
  • In the center is Daniel Steres, who has made 79 appearances during his time with the club since signing from LA Galaxy II.The guy remains the team’s second-leading scorer this year.
  • Alongside Steres is the Uruguayan and horse-riding/goal-scoring Diego Polenta, who makes his seventh start of the season. Polenta joined Steres as a goal-scoring central defender with his game winner last Friday.
  • Out wide is Jorgen Skjelvik, who is on the left flank for hiseighth-straight match this year. Skjelvik continues in his natural position at left back after playing the entirety of last year in central defense.
  • In the center of the midfield is Mexican international Jonathan dos Santos, who has continued to show that he is one of the most talented central midfielders in MLS with his standout play this season. He is coming off a dominant shift against Houston.
  • Making his seventh-straight start of 2019 is midfielder Sebastian Lletget, who will make the 71st start of his MLS career. In all, he has 12 goals and 12 assists.
  • Completing the midfield mix is Joe Corona, the 28-year-old U.S. Men’s National team veteran who was signed to the Galaxy through the use of Target Allocation Money on March 6.Corona also makes his seventh start in MLS this season.
  • On the left will be the young and the speedy Mexican international Uriel Antuna. The Manchester City loan has started every game this season.
  • On the right, the speedy Emmanuel Boateng will get the start in place of Alessandrini, who picked up an injury last Friday against Houston. Ema will be the fastest player on the field Wednesday.
  • Up top is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is good.

 

 Game Notes:

  • The LA Galaxy are 1-1-0 so far on the road this year.
  • Against Minnesota all time, LA have gone 4-0-1, including 2-0-0 against Minnesota on the road.
  • The Galaxy have scored 13 goals and conceded just seven through their first seven games.
  • Seven goals conceded is tied for the fewest in MLS.
  • The Galaxy are 5-0-0 this season when scoring the game’s opening goal, and 1-1-0 when conceding first.
  • When leading at halftime, LA are 3-0-0. They are 3-1-0 when tied at halftime.

Storylines:

  • Can the LA Galaxy make it a historic six-game win streak?
  • How will the absence of Alessandrini affect the attack?
  • Will Zlatan keep banging in goals?
  • Will the Lletget, Corona and Dos Santos midfield trio continue to control the game for the LA Galaxy?

Quick Hits:

Prince Lyrics – Purple Rain

I never meant to cause you any sorrow

I never meant to cause you any pain

I only wanted one time to see you laughing

I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain

I only want to see you bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover

I only wanted to be some kind of friend

Baby, I could never steal you from another

It's such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain

I only want to see you underneath the purple rain

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