Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a fabulous hat-trick in a game billed as the game of the season and helped his team Los Angeles Galaxy stretch its unbeaten record against city rivals Los Angeles FC by one more game.
Not only it was a battle between two of the best players in MLS in Carlos Vela and the Swedish superstar, but the game was an opportunity for Galaxy as well, to show the world and in particular to the newly built team, that they remain the biggest Soccer team in Hollywood.
In retrospect, the game could have gone either way, had it not for Zlatan’s superb efforts, and it was a reminder as well that the team has a lot to improve on if it wants to be a force it craves.
Against them will be lining up last season’s beaten finalists Portland Timbers. Though they look a pale shadow of last season as they currently sit outside the playoffs heading into this match.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy at Providence Park, in Portland, the United States of America. The ground has a capacity of 27,000.
The game will start at 08:00 AM (IST), on Sunday, July 28.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Portland Timbers – W W W D D W
LA Galaxy – W L W L W W
Portland Timbers Team News:
Portland Timbers Probable XI:
Clark (GK), Villafana, Cascante, Mabiala, Moreira, Paredes, Flores, Ebobisse, Valeri, Blanco, Fernandez
LA Galaxy FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
LA Galaxy Probable XI:
Bingham (GK), Polenta, Gonzalez, Steres, Feltcher, Dos Santos, Corona, Antuna, Araujo, Alvarez, Ibrahimovic
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