LA Galaxy vs Los Angeles FC: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time, & match preview

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Steven Bisig
The new city rivals meet for the first time as Bob Bradley's expansion side looks to continue its perfect start to life in MLS

The league's newest rivalry is set to begin in earnest on Saturday.

Los Angeles FC visits the LA Galaxy in the first edition of what many are dubbing "El Trafico," a nod to the infamous congestion so many experience on Los Angeles highways. 

Bob Bradley's expansion LAFC are off to a perfect start, winning their first two games in style. A third consecutive victory would set an early marker to the rest of the league, and to their crosstown foes.

Coming off a disappointing 2017 the Galaxy are looking to hold serve, and will have their newest marquee addition Zlatan Ibrahimovic available for a possible high-profile debut. 

Game LA Galaxy vs. LAFC
Date Saturday, March 31
Time 3 p.m. ET
Stream (U.S. only) fuboTV (7-day free trial)

LIVE STREAM


Sebastian Lletget LA Galaxy

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SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position LA Galaxy players
Goalkeepers Bingham, Sylvestre, Vom Steeg
Defenders Arellano, Ciani, Cole, Feltscher, Hilliard-Arce, Klimenta, Romney, Skjelvik, Steres
Midfielders Alessandrini, Alvarez, Boateng, Carrasco, J. dos Santos, Husidic, Kitchen, Lletget, Joao Pedro
Forwards G. dos Santos, Ibrahimovic, Jamieson IV, Kamara, Lassiter, Pontius

The Galaxy enter the match with plenty of injury issues. Both Dos Santos brothers are questionable after missing out on Mexico duty over the international break, while Romain Alessandrini and Michael Ciani look likely to miss out. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be available, however, after signing with the Galaxy last week. 

Potential starting XI: Bingham; Feltscher, Steres, Skjelvik, Cole; Boateng, Carrasco, Kitchen, Lletget, Pontius; Kamara

Position LAFC players
Goalkeepers Lopez, Lyon, Miller
Defenders  Beitashour, Blackmon, Ciman, Zimmerman, Gaber, Harvey, Jakovic, Moutinho
Midfielders Atuesta, Feilhaber, Horta, Kaye, Kovar, Mallace, Murphy, Calderon, Formica
Forwards Blessing, Brewer, Pacheco, Vela, Rossi, Urena

Bob Bradley has a mostly healthy squad to choose from, but Omar Gaber was injured on international duty with Egypt and is likely to miss out. New signing Eduard Atuesta will be in the 18 and is likely to play a part, but the game could come too soon for the club's newest designated player, Andre Horta. 

Potential starting XI: Miller; Beitashour, Ciman, Zimmerman, Moutinho; Kaye, Feilhaber; Rossi, Vela, Blessing; Urena


GAME PREVIEW


Carlos Vela Steven Beitashour LAFC MLS

Major League Soccer's newest rivalry kicks off on Saturday, and the Galaxy made sure there would be even more intrigue with their newest addition.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been brought into the fold and though the timing may be a coincidence, it does feel fitting that the Swedish striker is set to make his debut against LAFC.

Ibrahimovic hasn't played a competitive match since December, so he'll likely begin on the bench. It would be a surprise, though, if he does not feature in some capacity. 

Though the former Manchester United striker will be available, the match doesn't come at a good time for the Galaxy, who enter the game shorthanded. 

Both Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos are nursing hamstring injuries while last season's team MVP Romain Alessandrini is likely to miss out, also due to a hamstring issue. 

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In contrast, LAFC is relatively healthy and enters the match well rested, having last played on March 10 – a 5-1 demolition of Real Salt Lake

That was one of two season-opening wins for Bob Bradley's side, who appear poised to make a bigger impact than the average expansion team. 

A win at the team's crosstown rival on Saturday would go even further toward supporting that theory, and lay down a marker as to who owns Los Angeles. 

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