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Preview: LA Galaxy head to LAFC’s stadium for the first time

Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, center, of Sweden, and teammates celebrate a goal by Ibrahimovic during the second half of an MLS soccer match. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The second installment of El Tráfico, and the first at Banc of California Stadium, is scheduled Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PT. The first time the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club met, March 31st, the match unfolded like something out of an action movie — superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic debuted and powered the Galaxy back from a three-goal deficit to win.

Here are a few things you should know to get caught up before the match:

  • The LA Galaxy are currently 9-7-4 overall and 4-3-3 on the road. They sit in fourth place in the Western Conference with 31 points, three points clear of the team just below the playoff line, Minnesota United FC. The Galaxy’s last match was a 3-1 come-from-behind win in Philadelphia July 21st, with Galaxy goals from Kamara, Ibrahimovic and Ciani.
  • LAFC is currently 10-5-5 overall and 5-0-4 at home. The expansion side has 19 points from home matches out of the 35 points earned so far. LAFC is second in the Western Conference and fifth overall in the standings. LAFC’s last match was a 5-1 rout by Minnesota United FC on Sunday.
  • The Galaxy welcome both captain Ashley Cole and defensive midfielder Perry Kitchen back into the fold after both were suspended for the team’s last match.
  • Sebastian Lletget trained “full out this week” and should be available for the match, according to head coach Sigi Schmid. The team is waiting on medical clearance for defender Rolf Feltscher to make his return, but that clearance should come within the next week.
  • Ibrahimovic leads the Galaxy in goals with 12 so far on the season, and Ashley Cole leads the team in assists with six.
  • This match is the second of three within eight days for the Galaxy. They played in Philadelphia on Saturday and after Thursday’s game against LAFC head home for a Sunday match against Orlando City SC. The return of players from injury and suspension comes at the perfect time for the Galaxy’s busy schedule.

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