When Los Angeles Galaxy play host to Sporting Kansas City, they will have the opportunity to try and extend their current undefeated streak to five matches.
The away team, on the other hand, is trying to win their third game in a row after claiming victories over Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes in their most recent two matchups.
LA Galaxy vs Sporting KC Match Preview
After suffering their first defeat of the season on August 7 against the team they will face on Sunday, LA Galaxy has gone 2-2 in their last four games.
The Galaxy’s defensive play hasn’t been great, allowing nine goals in four games, but their offensive output has been outstanding, netting 12 times.
Midweek, Toronto held a 2-1 lead into the dying stages of the match, and it appeared like their undefeated streak would come to an end if they lost. However, a goal from Riqui Puig in the 89th minute salvaged a point for them.
Due to the result against Toronto, Greg Vanney’s squad is now ninth in the Western Conference and just one point away from the playoffs as Sunday’s game approaches.
The Galaxy have a lot of confidence heading into Sunday’s game after losing just one of their past five home games.
Sporting Kansas City is doomed to miss the playoffs, as they are now 10 points below the top seven teams with just six games remaining.
Nonetheless, they’ll be hoping to keep up their impressive play until the conclusion of the season after winning three of their past four games, including a 4-2 triumph against the LA Galaxy.
Peter Vermes’ squad lost 4-3 to Sporting KC but then won 4-1 against the Portland Timbers and 2-1 against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Sporting KC extended their home unbeaten streak to three games with a 1-0 victory against San Jose thanks to a goal from Daniel Salloi in the 10th minute.
Despite their recent success at home, Sporting KC has struggled on the road, winning just one of their last five matches on the road.
Team Updates: LA Galaxy vs Sporting Kansas City
The injuries to Julian Gaines and Erik Duenas will likely force them to sit out for the LA Galaxy.
After coming in as a replacement in the second half, Raheem Edwards might replace Chase Gasper in the starting lineup.
The 34-year-old Javier Hernandez will keep his starting position in attack, where he hopes to add to his 12 goals scored in Major League Soccer so far this season.
Tim Melia and Ozzie Cisneros will not play for Sporting KC due to hamstring problems, while Kortne Thompson-Ford, Gadi Kinda, and Alan Pulido are also out.
Vermes may decide to shuffle his starting XI around a little, with Logan Ndenbe and Felipe Hernandez among the candidates to replace outgoing starters.
Salloi started in a front three with Johnny Russell and Willy Agada last weekend and scored his sixth goal of the season.
- Possible Opening Day Lineup For The Los Angeles Galaxy: Bond, Araujo, Coulibaly, Williams, Edwards, Costa, Puig, Brugman, Grandsir, Vazquez, Hernandez.
- Possible Opening Day Lineup For Sporting Kansas City: Pulskamp, Zusi, Isimat-Mirin, Fontas, Ndenbe, Hernandez, Walter, Thommy, Russell, Salloi, Agada.
Our Prediction: LA Galaxy 3-1 Sporting KC
Even though they came out on the losing end of the first matchup between these two teams, we anticipate that the LA Galaxy, who have won three of their past five MLS matches at home, will come out on top and take all three points on Sunday.