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LA Galaxy have the upper hand over Minnesota United in the league, as they have lost just once to them in history. They have beaten them seven times in 11 meetings, drawing thrice. Two of those three draws have come in the last two matches. They drew 3-3 last season at the Dignity Health Sports Park, and then drew 1-1 this season in Minnesota.
Minnesota United dominated the match against LA Galaxy earlier this season but needed a late goal to get a point from the game. They had 17 shots, eight on target, and three big chances, but could not muster a win at the Allianz Field.
Galaxy enjoyed 57 percent of the possession and managed to take the lead in the 83rd minute via a penalty. Sacha Kljestan stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, but they could not hold on to the lead even though there were just seven minutes left. Robin Lod scored in the 87th minute for the home side to share the points back in May.
The draw was the second consecutive time these two sides shared points, as they drew 3-3 the last season. The thriller last season saw three goals in each half, and also a missed penalty right at the end of the game.
Adrien Hunou opened the scoring in the 22nd minute for Minnesota before Robin Lod doubled the lead in the 34th minute. LA Galaxy needed a goal before halftime to get the momentum swinging and they did just that.
Sebastian Lletget scored in the injury time and halved the lead before the break. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández made it 2-2 six minutes after the restart, but they could not push on from there for the win. Julian Araujo’s own goal right after the hour mark saw Minnesota retake the lead, but that did not last long as well. Chicharito got his second of the game in the 75th minute to make it an exciting finish to the match. Franco Fragapane got a penalty for Minnesota in the 89th minute, but he hit the woodwork, and the game ended 3-3.
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LA Galaxy have not been at their best in recent league matches and that was seen in the US Open Cup too. They were knocked out by the Sacramento Republic last week after a poor show. While the MLS side had the majority of the ball and more shots on goal, they could not get the goals and ended up losing 2-1.
The loss comes at a bad time for them as they were low on confidence already. Having won just one of their last five matches in the league, Galaxy stars would have been hoping to use the game against the USL side to boost their confidence.
However, things worked against them, and the USL side made their way to the next round. In the last five league matches, Galaxy have lost twice and drawn as many times – dropping 10 points in the process. Their poor run started with a loss at home to FC Dallas.
Jesús Ferreira scored a brace, and Paul Arriola added another inside the first 25 minutes of the game to stun the home fans. Douglas Costa managed to pull one back for Galaxy in the 67th minute, but they could not get another goal to put more pressure on the Texas side and ended up losing the match.
The loss was followed by a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United, the side they face once again this week. They took the lead in the 83rd minute of the match via Sacha Kljestan’s penalty but they still managed to drop points by conceding a to Robin Lod in the 87th minute and drawing the match.
Their poor run continued and they were humbled by Houston Dynamo at home, once again. Sebastián Ferreira, Tyler Pasher and Thorleifur Úlfarsson scored the goals for the away side and sealed a comfortable win, despite having just 27% of the ball.
LA Galaxy managed to end their losing streak with a win against Los Angeles FC in the US Open Cup and followed it up with a 4-1 win in the league over Austin FC. A brace from Dejan Joveljić and a goal each from Javier Hernández and Efrain Alvarez saw them score four goals in the second half to come back from 1-0 down to win.
However, their winning run ended soon as they were held by Portland Timbers in the next match. Yimmi Chará scored for the away side in the first half, and LA Galaxy needed a late goal from Dejan Joveljić to rescue a point.
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Minnesota United are currently 5 points behind the playoff spots and know that they need to start closing the gap soon. They have not been at their best lately and have lost their last three league matches. The good news is that they face LA Galaxy this weekend, a side against whom they are on a three-match unbeaten run. The caveat though is that they have beaten them just once in 11 meetings so far.
In the last five matches, Minnesota have collected just four points, and they came in the matches against LA Galaxy and FC Dallas. They had more shots and chances than Galaxy in the game, but needed a late goal to get a point from the match. Minnesota United conceded from the spot in the 83rd minute, but Robin Lod rescued a point for them, four minutes later.
Lod was the hero once again for them when they faced FC Dallas. He scored early in the first half before DJ Taylor doubled the lead in the second half. Paul Arriola pulled one back for the Texas hosts, but that was not enough to spark a comeback as the away side defended well and kept hold of their lead.
The win did not do much for Minnesota, as they ended up losing the next three matches. They were beaten by New York City FC, before New England and Inter Miami also walked away with all three points. The only positive for them from the losses was that all games ended with a one-goal difference. NYCFC managed to keep a clean sheet against Minnesota, while the other two sides won 2-1. Adrian Heath’s side sit 22nd in the league right now with 18 points from 16 matches.
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|LA Galaxy vs Minnesota United Information|
|Teams||LA Galaxy vs Minnesota United|
|Location||Dignity Health Sports Park, California|
|Time||Wednesday, June 29 at 10.30pm EST|
|How to watch||MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, Spectrum SportsNet, Bally Sports North EXTRA, The CW – Twin Cities|
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