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Starting XI: Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy | June 19, 2019

Bench: Justin Vom Steeg, Emil Cuello, Chris Pontius, Diego Polenta, Brian Iloski, Don Tchilao

Lineup Notes

  • LA Galaxy Head Coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto will trot out a lineup with a blend of youth and experience Wednesday in the Galaxy’s first 2019 match in the Open Cup.
  • Ethan Zubak will collect his first start for the LA Galaxy.
  • On his birthday, 17-year-old Efrain Alvarez gets his second straight U.S. Open Cup start. He scored two goals in the Galaxy’s opening Cup win, a 3-0 victory over Orange County FC on June 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park.
  • Matt Lampson gets his first competitive start for the Galaxy in goal.
  • Galaxy veteran Juninho makes his first start for the club this season.
  • LA Galaxy II forward Don Tchilao and midfielder Brian Iloski are on the bench for the LA Galaxy tonight.

Game Notes

  • The Galaxy have recorded a 35-18-0 all-time record in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • They have entered the Open Cup every year since 1999, winning the tournament in 2001 and 2005 while reaching the Open Cup Final on two other occasions.
  • Last year, the Galaxy advanced to Round of 16 before falling to the Portland Timbers on the road.

Storylines

  • The Galaxy fell in the Round of 16 to Portland in Portland last year. Can they avoid the same?
  • Can Efrain Alvarez put in another spectacular U.S. Open Cup performance?
  • How will Ethan Zubak look in his first start?
  • Can Juninho provide a spark in his first start of the season?
  • Do you believe in the magic of the U.S. Open Cup?

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