Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union: 10 Bold Predictions


May 15, 2013; Chester, PA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane (7) is defended by Philadelphia Union midfielder Keon Daniel (26) and defender Sheanon Williams (25) during the second half at PPL Park. The Galaxy defeated the Union, 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy have fresh wind in their sails after a 2-1 statement win over FC Dallas. Today, the Galaxy will aim to make it two straight wins when Los Angeles host John Hackworth’s Philadelphia Union at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Los Angeles are 3-3-3 (12 points) and are sixth place in the MLS Western Conference, while the Union are 2-6-5 (11 points) and are ninth in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Both teams are in need of a win to get back in the chase. Who will stand and deliver? Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be televised by Univision Deportes. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Sunday’s match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Philadelphia Union.

1. At least 40 fouls, under five cards

This is a match between two desparate teams in search of a victory. Look for the action to be intense. At least 40 fouls will be whistled but under five cards will be issued.

2. Zac MacMath with under five saves

This season, Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath has 37 saves this season. MacMath will make under five saves against Los Angeles today.

3. Sebastien Le Toux will score

This season, Sebastien Le Toux has three goals and two assists, Le Toux will get in on goal in the first half to get the home fans thinking about this.

4. No goals for Vincent Nogueira

This season, Vincent Nogueira has two goals this season and leads the team in shots with 26. However, against Los Angeles, Nogueira will not get on the scoresheet.

5. Jaime Penedo with at least five saves

As for Jaime Penedo, this will be another day at the office. Penedo has 24 saves this season and will come up huge with at least five saves on the night.

6. Robbie Keane with a brace

There’s only one player that knows how to deliver on an occasion like this, and it’s Robbie Keane. Keane will score a brace in this match and prove once again why he is deserving of the captain’s armband.

7. Gyasi Zardes builds a hotstreak

The gameplay of Gyasi Zardes will be key in this match. Zardes opened his scoring account on Wednesday night against FC Dallas and will look to give the home fans another free oil change with another score, this time in the second half.

8. Stefan Ishizaki with an assist

Stefan Ishizaki will need a strong performance tonight against the Union, who are in dire straits. Ishizaki won’t score, but he will get an assist.

9. The record will have to wait for Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan returns to the Galaxy after being left off the USA Men’s National Team roster for the FIFA World Cup. However, his poor form will be on display against Philadelphia. Donovan will not score in this game; the record will have to wait,

10. Los Angeles takes this one

The Los Angeles Galaxy are in need of climbing back to the top of the MLS Western Conference, and even though they have games in hand, every result counts. Watch for the Galaxy to score another big win at home.

Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Philadelphia Union 1