Match Preview presented by Welch's Fruit Snacks: LA Galaxy face reeling Colorado Rapids

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2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 12
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids
Dignity Health Sports Park — Carson
May 19 - 5:00 PM PT

TV: Spectrum SportsNet


The LA Galaxy are hoping to snap a three-match losing streak when they host the Colorado Rapids, but they'll have to do so without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was handed a two-game ban by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for violent conduct against New York City FC. 

The Galaxy (7-4-1) fell to NYCFC, 2-0, at home last Saturday, conceding first half goals by Heber and Maxi Moralez. Ibrahimovic, who has nine goals, good for second in MLS, was not only held scoreless, but also earned a two-match suspension for placing his hands around the neck of NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson four minutes from full time. 

The Rapids (0-9-2) remain the only MLS team without a win after falling to rival Real Salt Lake at home, 3-2, in a Rocky Mountain Cup showdown. It was their eighth straight defeat. Kellyn Acosta and Danny Wilson erased early goals by Albert Rusnak and Corey Baird, but just six minutes after equalizing, the Rapids conceded the eventual winner by Sam Johnson in the 53rd minute.  

LA Galaxy

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Perry Kitchen (M) - foot injury
    • OUT: Romain Alessandrini (M) - knee surgery
  • Suspended: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (F)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty:  None

Colorado Rapids

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Kortne Ford (D) - knee surgery
  • Suspended: Diego Rubio (F)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Galaxy

  • Galaxy: 24 wins, 73 goals
  • Rapids: 7 wins, 34 goals
  • 6 draws


  • Referee: Drew Fischer
  • Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Micheal Barwegen
  • 4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
  • VAR: Chico Grajeda