FourFour Two: David Villa in his prime

David Villa will be in the All-Star team on Sunday, with the LA Galaxy forward in his place after the LAFC defender missed the last four matches due to injury.

Villa was expected to start the game at left-back against the Seattle Sounders and, according to a source close to the situation, he has a “good chance” to make the team. 

Villa’s absence was the result of a hamstring injury sustained in the final minutes of the LA game last week, when he was replaced by Fabian Castillo. 

This is the second consecutive All-Stars game for Villa, who joined the Galaxy in 2016 from Everton and scored his first MLS goal in the 3-0 win over the LA Wolves on June 11, 2016. 

After winning the MLS Cup with LA in 2018, Villa scored two goals in four appearances for the Galaxy this season, including a brace against Sporting KC on Aug. 12. 

He also scored his club’s lone goal in a 3-1 win over Chivas USA on Aug 15. 

In a four-team Western Conference, LA will face the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, California. 

The Galaxy are 2-1-1 against their Western Conference rivals, including the team’s lone loss on the road. 

Los Angeles also host the Columbus Crew on Saturday, and the Crew return to action on Sunday with a road match against the San Jose Earthquakes. 

LAFC The LAFC have earned four straight points on the season and are unbeaten in four games in all competitions. 

They have also earned five consecutive clean sheets in league play. 

Head coach Mark Watson was appointed on April 12, 2018 after having worked with the Galaxy prior to joining the club. 

Watson had an immediate impact on the club’s form, guiding the Galaxy to two consecutive Supporters’ Shields, which included a third consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in 2018. 

A four-time MLS Cup winner, Watson also won the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with the Houston Dynamo.