Top Players Return for DC United Affair

Big names for Los Angeles will be back for this weekend's match
by Jamie Pham   |   Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Galaxy of Angels – column on Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy) & the LA soccer scene.

Keane earns league honor

Captain Robbie Keane was selected Player of the Month by the North American Soccer Reporters for the month of August. Keane scored 5 goals and 2 assists in 4 MLS games as the Galaxy went unbeaten (3-0-1) in August.

Donovan nears Cunningham

Landon Donovan only needs 2 more goals to tie Cunnigham's record of 135 all-time goals in MLS. Donovan also scored his 100th goal with the Galaxy against their rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes. He joins Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution) and Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) as the only players to score 100 or more goals with a single team.

Cudicini's future still uncertain

With LA's new No. 1 goalkeeper, Jaime Penedo, gone on international duty with Panama, LA manager Bruce Arena ended up starting Brian Rowe who has been the backup keeper for quite sometime now and had concussion-prone Brian Perk on the bench. Arena said it was his decision to not have Cudicini on the game day 18 and did not reveal any other news about his future. 

Looking ahead to DC

The Galaxy heads to the nation's capital this Saturday to take on the worst team in MLS, D.C. United, who haven't won a game in a month going 0-4-1 in their last 5 games. They will also have Donovan, Keane, Gonzalez, and Penedo return from international duty though it will be their 3rd game in a week.

However, the lineup will be back to full strength after dropping the last game 1-0 against the Colorado Rapids without their stars. 

It will also be interesting if Arena will begin to place rookie center back, Kofi Opare, on the bench from now on over 2nd year player, Tommy Meyer. Opare earned his first start last week and played pretty well against the Rapids.

Even if the starters are a little gassed from the World Cup Qualifiers, subs like Jack McBean, Jose Villarreal, and Hector Jimenez will have to step up and play better than they did last week.

NEXT UP: September 15 – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. DC United, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 5 p.m. EST, TWCSN, UniMas, and MLS Live.

Jamie PHAM

Pasadena City College
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Former tour manager turned sports blogger, Jamie spends loads of time reviewing the Los Angeles sports scene and is a big MLS and USMNT supporter.