Galaxy, minus Zlatan Ibrahimovic, try to pick up the slack on offense

The depth of the forward placement has long been a problem for the Galaxy.

Points were magnified when Ola Kamara was sold to Shenzhen in the Chinese Super League, positioning the necessary question of what occurs if Zlatan Ibrahimovic is forced out of action.

Well, that moment is currently and the Galaxy is browsing for responses.

Ibrahimovic, who missed last week’s 2-0 loss to FC Dallas as a result of a concern with his Achilles, will likewise be out for Saturday’s meeting with Minnesota United FC (7:30 p.m.; Range SportsNet).

Guillermo Barros Schelotto stated Friday he expects Ibrahimovic and also Romain Alessandrini (hamstring muscle) back in training for the March 31 game versus Rose city.

The Galaxy are off next week as a result of the international break.

“We miss out on an actually excellent gamer like Ibrahimovic, talent and a great deal of things,” Barros Schelotto claimed Thursday. “But we require to figure out with the work and also with various other players. We try to keep going, trying to score … I recognize it’s difficult to attempt to reach the very same level as ‘‘ Ibra,’ but we require to try.”

Chris Pontius replaced Ibrahimovic in the schedule recently and Barros Schelotto stated another possibility is relocating winger Uriel Antuna to onward.

“I have actually played as a demonstrator, as a second striker, so it is concerning getting made use of to that function,” Pontius said. “I can play there. It’s not the most comfy thing for me, yet I can definitely play there.

“A whole lot of it is playing with your back to goal and it is something I need to get more comfy with, in terms of publishing people up as well as you make your living in package as a striker and you’re judged by the amount of goals you rack up.”

Pontius’ versatility has actually long been just one of his toughness throughout his MLS profession. Last season, he made 15 starts as well as scored 5 objectives with six aids.

“When you consider Zlatan, there are points that he does that no else in the world can do,” Pontius said. “I’m definitely not mosting likely to try and do those things. The means he streamlines the game, the means he thinks in advance, those are points that all of us try as well as duplicate, possibly not constantly not in the setting he plays, but in training on a daily basis, his high quality programs and that’s something that we attempt and also duplicate.”

In addition to Pontius, a transformed midfielder, the just other available onward on the lineup is Ethan Zubak, that was signed to a Homemade contract recently. Zubak scored 11 goals last period with Galaxy II.

“We have to attempt and overcome the absences of Romain (Alessandrini) as well as Zlatan (Ibrahimovic),” Barros Schelotto said.

The likelihood is the Galaxy will certainly bring in somebody before the close of the MLS Key Transfer Window on May 7.

Arellano sent on financing

The Galaxy announced Friday that protector Hugo Arellano (Norwalk) was lent to the Orange County Football Club in the USL. Arellano, 21, made 4 starts with the Galaxy first string in 2017, yet has since hung out with Galaxy II.

Arellano is the 2nd Galaxy player to be lent to an USL club. Bradford Jamieson was lent to San Antonio FC for this period.


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. at Self-respect Wellness Sports Park

TV/Radio: Spectrum SportsNet; KWKW/1330 (Spanish); (English)

Update: Minnesota United (2-0, 6 points) gets on a five-game roadway journey to begin the period while their new house Allianz Field is finished. Things have started smoothly with consecutive road wins against the Vancouver Whitecaps (3-2) and the San Jose Earthquakes (3-0). Darwin Quintero has actually scored 2 goals and also added 3 assists. Last season, the clubs played to a 2-2 draw (Aug. 11) and also the Galaxy won 3-1 in the second conference (Oct. 21). The second conference this period will certainly be April 24 at Allianz Field.

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