Bench Players Needed For Salt Lake Clash

Injured players will require LA Galaxy to look to its bench
by Jamie Pham   |   Friday, November 01, 2013

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

The Los Angeles Galaxy are 1-0-1 against Real Salt Lake in the postseason with the draw being their PK loss in the 2009 MLS Cup Finals.

So far this year, LA are 2-1 with both their wins coming at home and the loss being at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The major key to the Galaxy and their quest for a 3-peat is having healthy players.

Both Landon Donovan (left ankle inflammation) and Omar Gonzalez (left hip strain) are still not at 100%.

Todd Dunivant has a right MCL sprain and there is no timetable for his return.

Robbie Keane was seen running gingerly on his ankle for a little during Sunday’s game against Seattle but nor him or LA manager Bruce Arena commented on it after the game.

AJ DeLaGarza (dislocated elbow), Robbie Rogers (hamstring), and Pablo Mastroeni (knock in training) still need to regain fitness before they can play at a high level.

Earning a draw last Sunday against Seattle meant they did not have to play an extra game in the knockout round mid-week so they have exactly one week to rest for the first game of the Western Conference Semifinals at StubHub Center.

With all those injured players, they could surely use the week off.

Dominating the attack

Barring Donovan’s ankle injury, LA will have no problem scoring goals against RSL in the first round of the playoffs. Of the seven goals scored against RSL in the regular season, Donovan has one and Keane had a second half hat trick last August.

The two are arguably the most dominant duo in MLS with a combined 26 goals scored and 20 assists in regular season play.

Stepping up

In previous years, it was Mike Magee who was nicknamed “Mr. November” for scoring six goals during their back-to-back MLS Cup runs.

He is sorely needed at left midfield where Gyasi Zardes is currently struggling to play out of position but starting to come into his own.

Zardes and Rogers are possible options to come up behind Keane and Donovan in the attacking third but that remains to be seen.

NEXT UP: November 3 – LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake, StubHub Center, Carson, Calif., 9 p.m. EST, ESPN.

Jamie PHAM

Pasadena City College
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LA Galaxy
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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.