XI

Starting XI presented by Modelo: San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy | Sept. 13, 2020

Lineup Notes:

  • Guillermo Barros Schelotto will make one change to the Starting XI from last week’s 3-0 win over LAFC, as Efrain Alvarez enters in place of Rolf Feltscher while Julian Araujo slides back to his natural RB position.
  • In net is goalkeeper David Bingham, who has started every match in net this year for LA. The former Earthquakes ‘keeper has made 171 total MLS starts in his career.
  • On the right side of defense is Julian Araujo, who continues with his best season in MLS. He has notched two assists in six starts playing between right defense and midfield.
  • In the middle is captain Daniel Steres, who has been in a strong run of form. The defender recently made his 100th start with the club.
  • Pairing in the middle with Steres is Nick DePuy, who has been a revelation in central defense since getting the starting nod upon the return to LA. DePuy has started every game since the restart, helping lead the club to a four-game winning streak.
  • On the left is Emiliano Insua, the Argentine defender who has played at the top level in England and Germany. He has found his footing in MLS and played a strong role during the four-game winning streak.
  • On the right side of the midfield is Efrain Alvarez, who is earning consistent minutes and starts for the first time in his career. In his last start, the youngster notched his first MLS goal in the match against Portland.
  • In the center is Perry Kitchen, who has quietly done a standout job in the middle of the field for LA this year. The veteran will make his 197th start in Major League Soccer.
  • Alongside Kitchen is Joe Corona, who has made seven starts this season. The USMNT and Liga MX vet has played a pivotal role in midfield, contributing to all facets of the game.
  • On the left side of the midfield is the best player in Major League Soccer: Cristian Pavon. The 24 year old is a step above the rest and has tallied nine goals and 12 assists in just 20 MLS games.
  • Pushing up high in the center of the field is Sebastian Lletget, who has been in the best form of his career lately playing as an attacking midfielder. Lletget has four goals and two assists in the last four. The match vs. San Jose marks the 100thMLS start of his career with the LA Galaxy.
  • Up top is Ethan Zubak, the relentless 22 year old LA Galaxy Academy product. Zubak has a few years of being one of the best in USL and is now finding his role in MLS with the first team.

Game Notes:

  • The Galaxy are 4-3-2 with 14 points on the season, with 16 goals scored and 15 conceded for a +1 goal differential.
  • The LA Galaxy have won four-consecutive matches.
  • The LA Galaxy are undefeated (4-0-0) in matches played following an MLS is Back Tournament at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida during a pandemic.
  • LA are 32-24-15 all-time against San Jose Earthquakes, including 11-17-9 on the road.
  • This year, the Galaxy are 2-0-1 in road games.

Storylines:

  • Five in a row?
  • Can Pavon keep lighting up MLS?
  • Will the defense continue their strong form vs. San Jose?
  • How will Efra Alvarez look in the start?
  • How many minutes from JDS/Chicharito in Sunday’s contest?
  • Will Sebastian Lletget continue his strong form?

Quick hits:

I Think We’re Alone Now Lyrics – Tommy James And The Shondells

"Children, behave"

That's what they say when we're together

"And watch how you play"

They don't understand

 

And so we're running just as fast as we can

Holding on to one another's hand

Trying to get away into the night

And then you put your arms around me

As we tumble to the ground and then you say

 

I think we're alone now

There doesn't seem to be anyone around

I think we're alone now

The beating of our hearts is the only sound

 

Look at the way

We gotta hide what we're doing

'Cause what would they say

If they ever knew

 

And so we're running just as fast as we can

Holding on to one another's hand

Trying to get away into the night

And then you put your arms around me

As we tumble to the ground and then you say

 

I think we're alone now

There doesn't seem to be anyone around

I think we're alone now

The beating of our hearts is the only sound

 

I think we're alone now

There doesn't seem to be anyone around

I think we're alone now

The beating of our hearts is the only sound

I think we're alone now

There doesn't seem to be anyone around

I think we're alone now