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El Trafico takes place on Sunday at the Banc of California Stadium, where Galaxy of Los Angeles travel to take on rivals Los Angeles FC in the MLS Western Conference.
The two teams met on May 9th this season, when Greg VanneyThe team emerged victorious thanks to goals from Javier Hernandez and Jonathan dos Santos.
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Bob BradleyThe side are still on the hunt for a playoff spot in the last series, currently only three points behind San Jose Earthquakes, who are in seventh place, and LAFC claims the advantage of having a game in hand.
However, the recent form of black and gold has resulted in them slipping from the top 7, without a win in seven games and losing their last four on the go.
On Sunday, Los Angeles FC tossed away a one-goal lead given to them Diego Rossi‘s penalty and eventually conceded a goal from Vancouver Whitecaps in the 89. Ryan Gould.
LA is eager to return to California this Sunday after playing the last three games away and scoring more than double the points at home than on their travels.
Vanney’s side enter the game on Sunday after losing two. This is the first time the team has lost in a row in the league this season.
Both games against Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes followed the same pattern in which LA Galaxy had to equalize after an initial deficit before the away teams found a winner and each game ended 2-1 against Vanney’s team.
Firmly positioned in the playoffs, Galaxy is in fourth place and 11 points ahead of the Portland Timbers, who sit just outside the top-7, but LA Galaxy will feel that their defensive record has prevented them from playing with the Seattle Sounders , the leader of the Western Conference, to keep up.
goalkeeper Jonathan Bond has conceded 32 goals in the 20 games he has played this season, at least 11 more than the three teams above.
Coach Vanney wasn’t impressed with his side’s defensive efforts in the last game against San Jose and described their defense as not good enough, but the 47-year-old took responsibility for the many goals his team conceded.
The home side have prevailed in the last three meetings between these two teams, but LA Galaxy were the last team to win that game away in last season’s second derby.
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Los Angeles FC winger Kwadwo Opoku is on the verge of recovering from a knee injury sustained in late May, but Sunday’s derby is likely to come early for the 20-year-old and he will continue to sideline.
Central defender Eddie Segura is another player unavailable for Bradley this weekend but is a new center-back Sebastien Ibeagha, who signed from New York City earlier this month, could make his first start for the club.
LA FC top scorer Rossi ended a six-game goal doldrums with his penalty against Vancouver last time.
Galaxy’s biggest threat at goal, Hernandez, has been sidelined with a calf injury since late June and is unlikely to recover in time for Sunday’s derby.
The absence of the Mexican gives new strikers Dejan Joveljic another opportunity to lead the line for Galaxy and he will be looking for his first goal for the club after three appearances since arriving this month.
Los Angeles FC possible starting line-up:
Romero; Farfan, Herbst, Murillo, Kim; Cifuentes, Atuesta, blessings; Rossi, Vela, Rodriguez
Los Angeles Galaxy possible starting line-up:
Binding; Hamalainen, DePuy, Coulibaly, Araujo; Lletget, Ravelson; Cabral, Kljestan, Alvarez; Joveljic
Probability: Los Angeles FC 2-2 Los Angeles Galaxy
Bradley’s squad will be happy to return to California this weekend and a home game could be what it takes to break their streak of straight losses.
Galaxy’s defensive weaknesses have cost them points in recent games and Sunday is unlikely to be any different. However, they will try to attack the game and could be rewarded with a couple of goals to score a point against their rivals.
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