The Philadelphia Union (3-2-1, 10 Pts, 4th Place Eastern Conference), head out west to face their second Western Conference team in a row in LA Galaxy (4-1-0, 12 Pts, 3rd Place).
Union/LA Galaxy Series History:
The U have only won one match in 11 meetings, 2-1 in 2012. There have been three draws. The last outing was a 3-1 loss at Talen Energy Stadium back on 7/21/18.
In LA the Galaxy have a 4-1-1 advantage scoring 14 goals to the Unions 5.
Last Time Out:
Both teams are looking for their fourth straight victory. The Union pulled one out, 2-1, scoring late and in stoppage time at home against FC Dallas. LA shut out Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 on the road.
LA Galaxy Notes:
Obviously F Zlatan Ibrahimovic (4G) is the man most people are watching, but LA D Daniel Steres (2G) who scored the other goal for them last week is a force on both ends of the pitch. Ex Union MF Chris Pontius also has a goal this season.
For the first time in awhile the Union have almost a full squad for selection. The only one on the injury list is F Sergio Santos.
Head Coach Jim Curtin has his hands full making out a lineup this week. MF Jamiro Monteiro who joined the team late has yet to make a start, but the other MF’s have been playing well. Something will have to give.
Both teams are on a roll, and have little to no injury or suspension issues, so no advantages there. They each last played a week ago so are rested.
For those reasons, the long trip to the West Coast for the U may be the deciding factor, so I am going to call this one, 2-1 LA Galaxy.