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Preview

Two Major League Soccer teams on the outside looking in with regard to the postseason picture play an important match Sunday night when the L.A. Galaxy host Sporting Kansas City.

The Galaxy (13-13-3, 42 points) are winless in four straight games and seven of the last eight, including a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on the road Wednesday night in their most recent game. The quiet stretch has cost the Galaxy a place in the top seven in the Western Conference, with that number of teams qualifying for postseason play.

But Los Angeles has five games left, including Sunday's, and is only one point out of a playoff spot. The Galaxy have the stars, including world class striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his 23 goals, to be much better than where they currently stand.

"I see us in the exact same situation, just like last season. The last five, six games we needed to win to go into the playoffs," Ibrahimovic told the team website after the Colorado loss. "I think it will be very difficult because everybody, when they play against us, they give 200 percent. And we have to be better than what we are."

Sporting KC face a much bigger challenge, their streak of eight consecutive postseason appearances in jeopardy. Sitting on 37 points with a 10-12-7 mark, they have won three of four but are six points out of a playoff spot. So wins are critical, with help from other results.

The loss in that span came last Saturday at the Portland Timbers, when Sporting Kansas City led 1-0 for 82 minutes before falling 2-1.

Their remaining schedule is daunting. Among SKC's final five regular-season matches are games against the Galaxy and three teams currently in playoff position -- Minnesota United, Portland and FC Dallas. Their other match is against the Rapids.

"All these points at the end are important, whether it's one (from a draw) or three (from a win), we've got to keep getting something from these ga

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Events

  • Match Start
  • PERIOD 1
  • 14"
    Rolf Feltscher (player)
  • 24"
    GOAL Felipe Gutierrez (scorer)
  • 32"
    GOAL Zlatan Ibrahimovic (scorer)
  • 43"
    Graham Smith (player)
  • 45"
    Gerso Fernandes (player)
  • PERIOD 2
  • 48"
    GOAL Joe Corona (scorer)
  • 51"
    GOAL Zlatan Ibrahimovic (scorer)
  • 66"
    Gianluca Busio (player)
  • 66"
    Roger Espinoza (player)
  • 69"
    GOAL Carlos Antuna (scorer)
  • 74"
    Krisztian Nemeth (player)
  • 74"
    Erik Hurtado (player)
  • 75"
    Daniel Salloi (player)
  • 75"
    Gerso Fernandes (player)
  • 76"
    Ilie Sanchez (player)
  • 77"
    GOAL Sebastian Lletget (scorer)
  • 79"
    GOAL Sebastian Lletget (scorer)
  • 80"
    Efrain Alvarez (player)
  • 80"
    Carlos Antuna (player)
  • 83"
    Chris Pontius (player)
  • 83"
    Cristian Pavón (player)
  • 85"
    GOAL Zlatan Ibrahimovic (scorer)
  • 86"
    GOAL Felipe Gutierrez (scorer)
  • 87"
    Servando Carrasco (player)
  • 87"
    Jonathan dos Santos (player)
  • 89"
    Joe Corona (player)
  • Match End

TEAM STATS

Sporting Kansas City STAT LA Galaxy
7CORNERS3
16FOULS COMMITTED7
7FOULS DRAWN16
1GAMES SCORED FIRST-
2GOALS7
7GOALS AGAINST2
1GOALS HALF 11
1GOALS HALF 1 AGAINST1
1GOALS HALF 26
6GOALS HALF 2 AGAINST1
-OFFSIDES6
6SAVES4
24SHOTS24
6SHOTS ON GOAL13
43TIME OF POSSESSION PERCENTAGE57

Lineup

Starter

Player Position
Tim Melia
Andreu Fontas
Matt Besler
Graham Zusi
Graham Smith
Felipe Gutierrez
Johnny Russell
Luís Martins
Ilie Sanchez
Erik Hurtado
Roger Espinoza
Gerso Fernandes

Substitution

Player Position
Gianluca Busio
Daniel Salloi
Eric Dick
Nicolas Hasler
Krisztian Nemeth
Seth Sinovic
Botond Baráth

Starter

Player Position
David Romney
Diego Polenta
Jonathan dos Santos
Sebastian Lletget
Carlos Antuna
Joe Corona
Cristian Pavón
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
David Bingham
Rolf Feltscher
Daniel Steres

Substitution

Player Position
Jørgen Skjelvik
Matt Lampson
Julian Araujo
Giancarlo Gonzalez
Efrain Alvarez
Servando Carrasco
Chris Pontius

OVER UNDER Odds 1:56am

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O
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GAMES

Last 10

W 33% L 67%
3 6
  • @FC Dallas L 0 - 6
  • Portland Timbers D 2 - 2
  • @Minnesota United FC L 1 - 2
  • Colorado Rapids L 3 - 2
  • @LA Galaxy L 2 - 7
  • @Portland Timbers L 1 - 2
  • Houston Dynamo W 0 - 1
  • Minnesota United FC W 0 - 1
  • San Jose Earthquakes W 1 - 2
  • @Orlando City SC L 0 - 1
W 50% L 50%
4 4
  • @Minnesota United FC W 2 - 1
  • @Houston Dynamo L 2 - 4
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC L 4 - 3
  • @Real Salt Lake W 2 - 1
  • Montreal Impact W 1 - 2
  • Sporting Kansas City W 2 - 7
  • @Colorado Rapids L 1 - 2
  • @Seattle Sounders FC L 3 - 4
  • @Los Angeles FC D 3 - 3
  • Seattle Sounders FC D 2 - 2

Last Meetings

  • Sporting Kansas City @ LA Galaxy 2-7
  • LA Galaxy @ Sporting Kansas City 2-0
  • LA Galaxy @ Sporting Kansas City 1-1
  • Sporting Kansas City @ LA Galaxy 2-0
  • LA Galaxy @ Sporting Kansas City 1-2
  • Sporting Kansas City @ LA Galaxy 2-1
  • LA Galaxy @ Sporting Kansas City 2-2
  • Sporting Kansas City @ LA Galaxy 0-0
  • LA Galaxy @ Sporting Kansas City 1-1
  • LA Galaxy @ Sporting Kansas City 1-2

Last Injuries

LA Galaxy