Galaxy-Minnesota United Preview
The Los Angeles Galaxy's current winning streak began with another victory over Minnesota United FC.
Looking to continue their dominance over Minnesota, the visiting Galaxy try for a sixth consecutive win overall on Wednesday night.
The only team in MLS with more points than Los Angeles' 18 is its Southern California rival Los Angeles FC at 22. The Galaxy (6-1-0), however, are on quite a surge while outscoring their opponents 11-4 during a five-game winning streak since losing 2-0 at FC Dallas on March 9.
"We should not relax and just focus on ourselves because I think our only threat is ourselves, because if we relax, if we start to underestimate the team we play against, we will get punished," star Zlatan Ibrahimovic told the Galaxy's official website after he scored his seventh goal in five games this season during Friday's 2-1 victory over previously undefeated Houston.
Los Angeles has not won six a row since a nine-game run during the 1998 campaign. Its current winning stretch kicked off with a bounce-back 3-2 home victory over Minnesota (3-3-1) on March 16.
The Galaxy were minus Ibrahimovic for that contest, but first-half goals from Jonathan Dos Santos and Chris Pontius put them up 2-0. After Minnesota pulled one back via Jan Gregus in the 75th minute, Sebastian Lletget scored in the 81st to regain the two-goal advantage. Angelo Rodriguez made it a one-goal game with a goal on 87 minutes for Minnesota, but that was as close as the visitors got.
With the positive result, the Galaxy improved to 4-0-1 all time against Minnesota.
Minnesota played that match without coach Adrian Heath, who did not make the trip to L.A. after undergoing oral surgery. And, it won't have starters Gregus and Francisco Calvo for Wednesday's contest after both were booked with red cards in Friday's wild 4-3 loss at Toronto FC.
Darwin Quintero notched a brace, but Minnesota twice blew one-goal leads and finished the match with nine men. Gregus was sent off for an unnecessary aggressive tackle in the 89th minute and Calvo picked up his second yellow card of the night for a similar move.
It was a disappointing third loss in five games for Minnesota, which opened the season with consecutive wins while playing its first five contests on the road.
"If we could have taken something out of (Friday's game), it would have been a really good start," Heath told Minnesota's official website. "It's disappointing. But I know there'll be some stuff we can work on and there will be some positives moving forward."
It would seem unlikely that Los Angeles midfielder Romain Alessandrini will feature Wednesday after he suffered a knee injury against Houston.
Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, had a goal with two assists in two games versus Minnesota in 2018.
Updated April 22, 2019