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LA Galaxy host Atlanta United FC for the first time

Apr 14, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) reacts after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half at Bridgeview Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Galaxy are gearing up for their first meeting at home against Atlanta United FC at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The two teams met for the first time last season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Georgia, which led to a 4-0 victory for Atlanta United FC.

So far this season, the Galaxy are 2-1-0 at home, with six goals for and six goals against. They are looking to stabilize after a rollercoaster start to the season, in which they have not yet earned two consecutive wins.

The midfield is starting to come together, though, and this week may welcome back Giovani Dos Santos after missing him for a month due to injury.

“I feel very good and I hope that I can be involved in the next game,” Dos Santos said. “Hopefully, [I can play] this week. I’ve been training with the team and we’ll see how it goes.”

Dos Santos needs to hurry back into full match fitness if he is looking to be a contender for the Mexican National Team’s roster for the upcoming World Cup. With the recent momentum of the Galaxy’s offense, it might prove difficult for Dos Santos to find his way in.

The other Dos Santos brother, Jonathan, recently returned from injury and made a strong argument for a starting role. His pairing with Perry Kitchen has given the Galaxy a solid support in the midfield, allowing them to both defend and attack with more finesse while adjusting to the addition of forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Also of note for the upcoming match, Galaxy supporter groups are coordinating a memorial for LA Galaxy academy player, Tommy Mark, who passed away earlier this week.

 

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