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Starting XI presented by Modelo: Inter Miami CF vs. LA Galaxy | April 18, 2021

MLS is Back, a dialogue:

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020:
    • MLS has just kicked off its 25th season in existence and is stronger than ever. We anticipate a marquee matchup on this beautiful March weekend as the five-time MLS Cup champions face a brand-new club in South Florida owned by none other than David Beckham, the two-time MLS Cup winning midfielder for the LA Galaxy. My word, this is going to be awesome.
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020:
    • MLS season has been postponed indefinitely.
  • Friday, March 13, 2020-April 15, 2021:
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  • Sunday, April 18, 2021:
    • *Let’s try this again*. The league has just kicked off its 25th 26th season and is [insert: poised to return to some sense or normality] stronger than ever. We anticipate a marquee matchup this beautiful March April weekend as the five-time MLS Cup champions face a brand-new second-year club in South Florida owned by none other than David Beckham, the two-time MLS Cup winning midfielder for the LA Galaxy. My word, this is going to be awesome finally happening [and will be awesome].
  • MLS is back, and the LA Galaxy return, donning new community kits, featuring a new coach and sporting a new feel heading into the 2021 season. With a nod to past success, led by a number of those who helped lay the foundation, the club is looking ahead. The 2020 season is here. Club legend Greg Vanney returns as a proven MLS coach to lead the group into a new era. Game on.

Lineup Notes:

  • In net, Jonathan Bond makes his MLS debut for the G’s. After joining the club from England this offseason from West Brom, Bond enters into the year with LA looking to establish himself as a top keeper in Major League Soccer. No relation to James.
  • On the right is Oniel Fisher, who is good at soccer and also very good at video documenting preseason trips. Fisher makes his debut start for the club after notching 66 total appearances in the league since 2015.
  • In the center of defense is Daniel Steres, who has become a constant across the Galaxy backline since he joined from LA Galaxy II in 2015. He has made 122 appearances for the club.
  • Los dos centerbacks in Sunday’s lineup hail from Los Dos, as Nick DePuy (a follow Galaxy II product) gets the start. DePuy broke into the lineup last season and will look to compete for a spot in central defense this year.
  • On the left is a Southern California native who returns home to debut with his hometown club: Jorge Villafana. He has established himself as one of the most reliable left backs in Major League Soccer during his time in Portland, with over 188 appearances. In all, the Galaxy backline has nearly 400 total MLS appearances.
  • Locking down the middle of the field is Jonathan dos Santos, who is one of Major League Soccer’s best in the center. The Mexico international leads the squad in what is already his fifth season with the club.
  • Alongside Dos Santos is LA Galaxy Academy product Adam Saldana, who signed with the first team this offseason and makes his debut start in MLS. Saldana was a mainstay for Los Dos last season and impressed in the preseason this year.
  • Out wide on the right is Sebastian Lletget, the Galaxy and USMNT veteran who enters in strong form, having found success recently while on international duty. Lletget has 132 total MLS appearances to his name with the Galaxy.
  • In the middle is Victor Vazquez, who returns to Major League Soccer and head coach Greg Vanney after an incredibly successful stint with TFC. 16 goals, 25 assists, 52 appearances; not bad.
  • Out wide on the left is the Frenchman Samuel Grandsir, who joined the club this season from AS Monaco as a TAM player. Grandsir will look to showcase his talent on Sunday in South Florida.
  • Up top is Chicharito, who is looking for a bounce back season and has put in the work this offseason on himself and his game. He leads the attack this year.

Game notes:

  • Julian Araujo (red card suspension from final 2020 match) and Kevin Cabral (not yet with team) are unavailable for selection on Sunday.
  • Sunday marks the Galaxy’s first-ever matchup against Inter Miami.
  • Sunday’s starting XI marks three Los Dos products in the starting XI (Steres, DePuy, Saldana).
  • Last year, the Galaxy finished with a 2-5-2 road record, with 9 goals scored and 17 conceded.
  • The LA Galaxy’s 2021 MLS Regular Season home opener is set for next Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. PT at Dignity Health Sports Park against New York Red Bulls.

Storylines:

  • How will Galaxy and MLS newcomers fare in their debut: Bond, Saldana, Grandsir?
  • What will Chicharito produce in his 2020 debut?
  • How will a Galaxy attack look without last year’s leader in goals and assists?
  • What will the new-look Galaxy under Greg Vanney show in their opening match?
  • Can the Galaxy backline shut down Miami’s attack?
  • Is South Florida the eighth Wonder of the World?

Quickies:

Miami Lyrics – Will Smith

[Intro]

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Miami, uh, uh

South Beach, bringin the heat, uh

Haha, can y'all feel that

Can y'all feel that

Jig it out, uh

[Verse 1]

Here I am in the place where I come let go

Miami the bass and the sunset low

Everyday like a mardi gras, everybody party all day

No work all play, okay

So we sip a little something, leave the rest to spill

Me n' Charlie at the bar runnin up a high bill

Nothin less than ill, when we dress to kill

Everytime the ladies pass, they be like (Hi Will)

Can y'all feel me, all ages and races

Real sweet faces

Every different nation, Spanish, Hatian, Indian, Jamaican

Black, White, Cuban, and Asian

I only came for two days of playing

But everytime I come I always wind up stayin

This the type of town I could spend a few days in

Miami the city that keeps the roof blazin

[Hook]

Party in the city where the heat is on

All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

Welcome to Miami

Bienvenidos a Miami

Bouncin in the club where the heat is on

All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

I'm goin to Miami

Welcome to Miami

[Verse 2]

Yo I heard the rainstorms ain't nothin to mess with

But I can't feel a drip on the strip, it's a trip

Ladies half-dressed, fully equipped

And they be screamin out, (Will we loved your last hit)

So I'm thinkin I'mma scoot me somethin hot

In this salsa- merengue melting pot

Hottest club in the city, and it's right on the beach

Temperature get to ya, it's about to reach

Five-hundred degrees

In the carribean seas

With the hot mamis screaming "¡Ay papi!"

Everytime I come to town, they be spottin me

In the drop Bentley, ain't no stoppin me

So, cash in your dough

And flow to this fashion show

Pound for pound anywhere you go

Yo, ain't no city in the world like this

An' if you ask how I know, I gots ta plead the fifth

[Hook]

Party in the city where the heat is on

All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

Welcome to Miami

Bienvenidos a Miami

Bouncin in the club where the heat is on

All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

I'm goin to Miami

Welcome to Miami

[Verse 3]

Don't get me wrong, Chi-town got it goin on

And New York is the city that we know don't sleep

And we all know that L.A. and Philly stay jiggy

But on the sneak, Miami bringin heat for real

Y'all don't understand

I never seen so many Dominican women with cinnimon tans

Mira, this is the plan

Take a walk on the beach, draw a heart in the sand

Gimmie your hand

Damn, you look sexy

Let's go to my yacht, in the West Keys

Ride my jetskis, loungin in the palm trees

Cause you gotta have cheese for the summerhouse piece on South Beach

Water so clear, you can see to the bottom

Hundred-thousand dollar cars, e'ybody got em

Ain't no surprise in the club to see Sly Stallone

Miami, my second home

Miami

[Hook]

Party in the city where the heat is on

All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

Welcome to Miami

Bienvenidos a Miami

Bouncin in the club where the heat is on

All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

I'm goin to Miami

Welcome to Miami

Party in the city where the heat is on

All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

Welcome to Miami

Bienvenidos a Miami

Bouncin in the club where the heat is on

All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

I'm goin to Miami

Welcome to Miami

[Outro]

Party in the city where the heat is on

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