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LA Galaxy host Western Conference rival Minnesota United

Mar 9, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal (19) controls the ball in the first half against LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (8) at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Without two of their three designated players, the LA Galaxy will host Minnesota United on Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. Here’s what you need to know before the match:

  • All time, the Galaxy have three wins and one draw in their four-game history against Minnesota since the Loons joined MLS in 2017. The lone draw came in August of last year when the Galaxy gave up an 84th-minute goal from Romario Ibarra. 
  • Minnesota heads into this match on a two-game winning streak to begin the 2019 MLS season after defeating Vancouver by a 3-2 margin and San Jose by a 3-0 margin. This match against the Galaxy will be the third of five matches on the road to start the season for the Loons, as they await the opening on Allianz Field April 13.
  • Darwin Quintero and Romario Ibarra each have two goals so far this season for Minnesota; each has scored one goal in each of their two games so far.  
  • The Galaxy play without designated players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romain Alessandrini, both out due to injury. They are expected to be back in the squad for the next match on March 31, but there are questions to be answered in the Galaxy’s offense for this weekend. 
  • Galaxy head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto suggested after training Thursday that Ariel Antuna may fill in up front in Ibrahimovic’s absence. Other options for the Galaxy include Chris Pontius, who started last match up top but was unable to find the back of the net. 
  • Defensively, the same back line of Skjelvik, Polenta, Steres and Feltscher, with Bingham in goal, is most likely going to remain. The Galaxy continue to look for their first shutout of the year. 
  • After this match, the Galaxy will have a two-week break until their next match, hosting the Portland Timbers on March 31. During that break, Sebastian Lletget and Jonathan Dos Santos will both represent their respective national teams for international friendlies. 
  • The officials for this weekend are Jair Marrufo, Jason White (AR1), Matthew Nelson (AR2), Ramy Touchan (4th), Daniel Radford (VAR) and Chris Elliot (AVAR). 

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