Next up for the Los Angeles Galaxy: Minnesota United FC

The Time is Now for the LA Galaxy to Rebound after Thursday night's loss
Los Angeles Galaxy v Minnesota United FC
Los Angeles Galaxy v Minnesota United FC / Jeremy Olson/ISI Photos/GettyImages

The third place LA Galaxy have their next game already on Sunday. Their opponent is Minnesota United FC. There are 11 points that separate these two teams in the Western Conference standings.

The Los Angeles Galaxy lost just their second game in the past 12 games. None of their four losses have been consecutive despite half of them coming at the hands (or feet) of LAFC. The Galaxy have yet to lose more than one game in the same month, too.

On Wednesday, May 15, these two faced off against each other. Neither one walked away with a win (or a loss). After the LA Galaxy had a 2-1 lead in the second half, they failed to hang on. A score from Kervin Arriaga in the 80th minute negated first half goals from Dejan Joveljic and Deigo Fagundez.

Despite the Los Angeles Galaxy having possession of the ball for almost 59% of the time, Minnesota United FC rolled off 22 shot attempts with seven being on target. The Galaxy had only six shot attempts with all but one being on target.

They also lost the corner kick battle as the Galaxy only earned two. Minnesota had six in addition to five more fouls than the LA Galaxy.

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Los Angeles Galaxy v Minnesota United FC / Jeremy Olson/ISI Photos/GettyImages

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What's different this time?

The Los Angeles Galaxy are the better team on paper. In the past month, Minnesota United FC have lost five straight games. That's more than the LA Galaxy have all season.

The Galaxy's opponent on Sunday has scored 34 times this season while allowing 35 goals. The five-time MLS Champions have put the soccer ball in the net 42 times this year and only been scored on 29 times.

In their last two games, Minnesota has given up three goals. They were outscored 6-3 between those contests. They were also shutout the game previous to those two.

Only Tani Oluwaseyi and Bongokuhle Hlongwane have more than five goals for Minnesota. The pair are the only two players on the team in the top-50 scores in MLS this season.

LA Galaxy forward Dejan Joveljic has 12 goals alone. Gabriel Pec just added his seventh on the year Thursday night. Between these two players they have a combined 13 assists.

If Los Angeles can score multiple goals in either half again, they certainly have a chance to claim victory and another three points in the standings. LA Galaxy keeper John McCarthy will be ready to do his part.


Prediction: Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Minnesota United FC 1.