MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Chicago Fire
Chicago returns to the Home Depot Center for the second week in a row. This time, however, the league-topping Galaxy is the opponent.
By Zac Lee Rigg
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Jordan, Franklin, Berhalter, Dunivant; Donovan, Birchall, Juninho, Magee; Angel, Barrett.
OUT: DF Sean Alvarado (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery); GK Donovan Ricketts (L ulna fracture)
QUESTIONABLE: MF David Beckham (back spasms); DF Frankie Hejduk (R ankle inflammation); DF Omar Gonzalez (L hip pointer); DF A.J. DeLaGarza (head/face trauma)
Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Anibaba, Cuesta, Gibbs, Segares; Pappa, Pause, Husidic, Nyarko; Chaves, Oduro.
OUT: MF Mike Banner (L Achilles tendinitis); DF Steven Kinney (R Achilles tendinitis); MF Marko Maric (L deltoid sprain)
||DID YOU KNOW?|
Los Angeles beat Chicago when the two sides met in Illinois earlier this season. Chad Barrett and Omar Gonzalez scored in the 2-1 result.
- Chicago recently drew 1-1 with different Los Angeles opposition, playing to that result against Chivas USA a week ago.
- Dominic Oduro scored the Fire goal in that match. He now has five goals in his last 10 appearances, as well as contributing two assists in 2011. The goal tally already matches career best seasons for Oduro, which he reached once with FC Dallas and once with the Houston Dynamo.
- The tie marked Chicago's 12 draw this season, from 18 games. The Fire has already set an MLS record for consecutive home draws this year.
- The Galaxy comes into this game riding an 11-match unbeaten streak and with the best record in MLS. LA's 36 points double Chicago's 18.
- Injuries to Hejduk, Gonzalez, DeLeGarza and Leonardo could hand Bryan Jordan his first start of the season.
Top 3 Predictions
Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 Chicago Fire
- 22.86 %
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 Chicago Fire
- 20 %
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Chicago Fire
- 17.14 %
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|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Apr 17, 2011||Chicago Fire 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 4, 2010||Chicago Fire 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 1|
|Los Angeles Galaxy|
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|-||Paolo Daniel Cardozo||Midfielder|
|-||Juan Pablo Angel||Striker|
|-||Diego Gonzalo Cháves de Miquelerena||Striker|