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The Los Angeles Galaxy and Philadelphia Union are two of the hottest teams in MLS.
Each will try for a fourth straight victory Saturday night, when the Galaxy look to continue their dominance over the visiting Union.
League-leading Los Angeles FC is not the only southern California soccer team on a roll at the moment. The Galaxy (4-1-0) are off to their best start since 2010 thanks to a 3-0-0 mark at home and some overall solid play that has soccer fans in the region excited about the potential for MLS glory in 2019.
"The league's not won in March, April or May, it's won over the whole 10 months," Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham told the club's official website. "We need to keep the wins alive and make sure when we play at home, we win every game. That's got to be the top priority."
L.A. looked strong over all phases of the match in last week's 2-0 victory at Vancouver. Zlatan Ibrahimovic recorded a goal and an assist as Los Angeles did all its scoring in the second half. Ibrahimovic, who received plenty of support from the visiting crowd as one of the league's most popular performers, has totaled four goals in his three MLS games this season.
"If we keep winning, we keep bringing the confidence with us," Ibrahimovic said.
The Galaxy last won four straight league games during the 2016 campaign, and have enjoyed plenty of success against Philadelphia since the Union joined the league in 2010. Los Angeles is 7-1-3 all-time against the Union, and 4-0-2 since that lone defeat at home in July 2012.
"We have to stick together, focus, and work hard as a team to try and get the "W" there," forward Cory Burke told Philadelphia's official website of taking on the Galaxy this weekend.
The Union (3-2-1), though, should have enough confidence to believe they can get the job done. They've outscored their opponents 7-1 while winning the last three games after going 0-2-1 to open the season.
Philadelphia showed plenty of moxy in rallying for a 2-1 home victory over FC Dallas last weekend. Burke tied the match with a goal in the 85th minute and Alejandro Bedoya won it with a score in the second-minute of extra time.
"The mental side of the game is huge," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "I think it showed a lot of heart, it showed a lot of character and it showed a step forward for the team, and it's a win I think the guys can rally around. We have no easy task now."
Philadelphia last won four consecutive MLS games in August. Midfielder David Accam has a team-leading three goals but was held off the scoresheet against Dallas. He has two goals in three games against the Galaxy.
Updated April 11, 2019