Orlando City vs LA Galaxy
Orlando City vs LA Galaxy/ LA Galaxy vs Orlando City/ Orlando City live/ LA Galaxy live Welcome to your match thread for this afternoon’s match-up between Orlando City (3-1-0, 9 points) and the LA Galaxy (2-3-0, 6 points). This is the only scheduled meeting between the two clubs from opposite conferences this season.
Orlando City is coming off a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls last Sunday. The Galaxy are 0-1-1 on the road this season but won their most recent outing on Friday, April 7 at home against the Montreal Impact.
The Lions are 1-1-0 in MLS play against LA, winning 4-0 at home in 2015 against the then-defending champions, and losing at the StubHub Center in 2016. The Galaxy captured the lone contest last year, 4-2. Giovani Dos Santos scored twice as LA put together four straight goals to erase a 1-0 deficit provided by Kevin Molino. Alan Gordon and Robbie Keane scored the other two Galaxy goals. Brek Shea tacked on a cosmetic goal late for Orlando.
Kaká (hamstring), Rafael Ramos (hamstring), Tony Rocha (hamstring), Jose Aja (hamstring), and Seb Hines (knee) are expected to miss the match due to injury. Antonio Nocerino (calf) is day-to-day and will be a game-time decision, and Matias Perez Garcia will miss the game due to a midweek suspension for violent conduct against the New York Red Bulls. Robbie Rogers (ankle) and Sebastian Lletget (foot surgery) will not be available for LA.
After earning their first home win of the season, the LA Galaxy hit the road to take on Orlando City SC.
Such is the way of things in Major League Soccer, just days after getting an important win over the Montreal Impact, the LA Galaxy are rewarded by traveling nearly the length of the whole country to take on a tough Orland City side.
Three points are three points, but Curt Onalfo has reason to be happy with the Galaxy’s overall performance against the Montreal Impact last week. If you are one to trust Onalfo’s process, it was refreshing to see the Galaxy’s wide players starting to hit form. Emmanuel Boateng remains a player just begging to have a breakout season, while Romain Alessandrini is starting to feel more at home with every game.
This is important because against Orlando City, the Galaxy will be taking on the third best defense in all of Major League Soccer. Jason Kreis’s side is currently third in the Eastern Conference with nine points from four matches and have received just three goals all season. Given that, the Galaxy will need a masterclass from their wingers again if they are to have any chance of escaping the “Sunshine State” with all three points.
Obviously, the Galaxy face a tall order against Orlando. In fact, the Galaxy have not been able to beat Orlando since the team joined Major League Soccer in 2015.
That said, as the saying goes, there is always a first time.