The LA Galaxy host Atlanta United on Sunday night, the first matchup between the two sides in almost three years.
The Galaxy go into the match in dire need of a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, having lost four of their last five games in league play (and five of six including a US Open Cup defeat to Sacramento Republic FC).
27 points from 20 games has been enough to keep Greg Vanney's side clinging onto the final playoff spot by their fingernails, but the packed middle class of the Western Conference means that a team as far back as the 12th-placed Colorado Rapids are just three points behind.
Fortunately, they find themselves up against a side on almost as bad a run in Atlanta, with two wins in their last ten games – and one in their last six – leaving them 11th in the East and chasing to catch up with the pack of playoff hopefuls.
Where to watch LA Galaxy vs Atlanta United on TV and live stream
- Location: LA
- Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park
- Kick-Off Time: 21:30 (ET) / 18:30 (PT)
- Channel: FS1, Fox Deportes
- Streaming: FuboTV
It's Star Wars night at Dignity Health Sports Park! What does that mean? Let's ask the LA Galaxy website.
"Star Wars characters will be roaming the concourse before and during the match and an LA Galaxy Star Wars-themed introduction video will kick the procession off before the match begins. Additionally, fans will enjoy a full stadium creative takeover, which includes graphics and themed music."
Fun for all the family!
LA Galaxy vs Atlanta United head-to-head record
- LA Galaxy: 0 wins
- Atlanta United: 3 wins
- Draws: None
Current form (Most recent first)
- LA Galaxy: LLLWL
- Atlanta United: LLDLL
LA Galaxy team news vs Atlanta United
Nick DePuy is suspended for this fixture after reaching five yellow cards on the season, while Jorge Villafana remains out thanks to his season-ending knee injury. On the positive side, Chicharito is back in training after a two-game absence under the league's health and safety protocols – which indicates that a return for Marco Delgado may also be on the cards.
Potential LA Galaxy starting lineup against Atlanta United
(4-4-2): Bond; Araujo, Coulibaly, Williams, Edwards; Alvarez, Delgado, Raveloson, Grandsir; Joveljic, Chicharito.
Atlanta United team news vs LA Galaxy
Atlanta are a little more hit by the injury bug than the Galaxy, with knees a particular (literal) sore spot. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso is still out with a torn ACL, while Ronald Hernandez and Brooks Lennon have MCL issues limiting their own availability. It's not all knees though, with Emerson Hyndman and Andrew Gutman both out with muscular problems.
Potential Atlanta United starting lineup against LA Galaxy
(3-4-3): Rios Novo; Purata, Franco, Campbell; McFadden, Sejdic, Rossetto, Wiley; Araujo, Martinez, Moreno.
LA Galaxy vs Atlanta United score prediction
Neither team is in anything like convincing form, but the Galaxy should have an edge in getting their first ever win over Atlanta this weekend.
The return of Chicharito from health and safety protocols could be a boost in both quality and morale, while Atlanta's problems have begun to manifest off the pitch – with rumors that Josef Martinez's benching for the last two games is due to comments he made about his side's undeniable underperformance.
Add all of that to home field advantage, and this game could help LA Galaxy solidify their playoff position slightly.
Score prediction: LA Galaxy 2-1 Atlanta United