Date: Wednesday, May 11
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium
Television: The Comcast Network
Streaming: MLS Live, Sky GO UK, Sky Sports 2
All-time record: The Union have not fared well against the Galaxy, going 1-6-1 against their Western Conference counterparts, including an 0-2-1 mark at home. The Union last defeated LA in 2012, when they won 2-1 in Carson.
What to expect:
Los Angeles: The Galaxy will be heading into this one on short rest, coming off a 4-2 victory over the New England Revolution this past Sunday. With three days in between games, it will be interesting to see who coach Bruce Arena will insert into the starting lineup. However, Union fans should expect to see several familiar names in LA's starting XI, including Mexican international Giovani dos Santos, who leads the way with five goals and three assists. Whoever Arena decides to put out on the field, it should be assumed the lineup will consists of players like Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes to play alongside dos Santos.
Philadelphia: Heading into this contest after an off-weekend, Jim Curtin's side should be well-rested and ready to go as they look to earn their second win against LA. Last time out, the Union drew against the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-1, on April 30 at home, and will look to retake the top spot in the conference. It should be a normal starting XI for Philly in this one, with Union supporters hoping the duo of Chris Pontius (4 goals, 1 assist) and C.J. Sapong (4 G, 1 A) can keep up their offensive production. Goalkeeper Andre Blake should see plenty of action Wednesday night, so he will need to be on his A-game.
Prediction: Despite being at home, the Galaxy possess just too much firepower offensively, and it may be difficult for the Union defense to keep up. Los Angeles jumps out to an early lead and defeats Philadelphia 3-1.