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Union vs. LA Galaxy: Preview, projected lineups, and how to watch

Zlatan’s in town. Have you heard?

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nearly three months to the day after he signed for the LA Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimović & co. are in Chester to take on the Philadelphia Union.

Despite a looming thunderstorm, the game is supposed to be a sellout. Tickets began flying off the shelves the day Ibra completed his move.

The Galaxy have lost only once in their last nine games, and are undefeated since the month of May. Unsurprisingly, Zlatan is a big reason why. The Swede has scored eight goals in his last five starts, and coming into Talen Energy Stadium on two weeks’ rest, he’ll almost surely add to that total.

Even if Zlatan doesn’t find the net, one of his teammates surely will. Ola Kamara, Romain Alessandrini, and former Union winger Chris Pontius all have five or more goals this season. Perry Kitchen and the dos Santos brothers round out the Galaxy’s star-studded midfield.

LA’s looked good over the past two months, but they’re not immaculate. The Galaxy’s defense has shipped as many goals (30) as the Union’s, and they only have four more points on the season.

The Union are coming off two big victories—on the road in Chicago and in the Open Cup against Orlando—and with the exception of Ilsinho, they’re not missing any starters. The chance is there for the Union to secure a home win tonight.

Projected lineups

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Raymon Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; David Accam, Borek Dočkal, Fafa Picault; Cory Burke

LA Galaxy: David Bingham; Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Michael Ciani, Jorgen Skjelvik, Dave Romney; Sheanon Wlliams, Jonathan dos Santos; Chris Pontius, Giovani dos Santos, Ola Kamara; Zlatan Ibrahimović

How to watch

Where: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA

When: 7:00 PM ET, July 21, 2018


Streaming: ESPN+