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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Columbus Crew

The league-leading Galaxy welcome the Columbus Crew to the Home Depot Center for a midweek MLS encounter.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy; Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus Crew; MLS (Getty)

PROBABLE LINEUPS

LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Jordan, DeLeGarza, Berhalter, Dunivant; Birchall, Beckham, Juninho, Donovan; Cardozo, Angel.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Sean Alvarado (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery); GK Donovan Ricketts (L ulna fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Chad Barrett (R knee sprain); MF David Beckham (back spasms); DF Sean Franklin (L hamstring strain); DF Omar Gonzalez (nose fracture); DF Frankie Hejduk (R ankle inflammation); FW Mike Magee (R hamstring tightness)

Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Hesmer; Miranda, Marshall, James, Gardner; Gaven, Gehrig, Tchani, Ekpo; Anon, Mendoza. 

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Josh Williams (R hip labral tear); MF Dilly Duka (R ankle sprain)

DOUBTFUL: DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain); MF Rich Balchan (L adductor strain); FW Emilio Renteria (L quad strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • The LA Galaxy extended its unbeaten run to 12 last week with a win over the Chicago Fire. The California club boasts the best record in MLS.

  • Columbus, third in the East, can point to a better head-to-head record, however, edging the series 15 to 11 (eight draws).
  • Recently, Columbus acquired midfielder Tony Tchani, sending Andy Iro and Leandre Griffit to Toronto FC in exchange.
  • Should David Beckham collect a booking he will be suspended due to yellow-card accumulation. The Englishman is joint-top in the league with seven yellow cards (Sporting KC's Aurelien Collin and Chicago Fire's Daniel Paladini).
  • Beckham has eight assists this year, one off the league lead (Brad Davis). Landon Donovan is tied with Thierry Henry atop the goal-scoring charts at nine. Andres Mendoza has seven.
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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
-Gregg BerhalterDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
2Todd DunivantDefender
20A.J. DeLaGarzaDefender
32David BeckhamMidfielder
-Jovan KirovskiStriker
-Miguel LópezMidfielder
19JuninhoMidfielder
-Juan Pablo AngelStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
1Brian PerkGoalkeeper
4Omar GonzalezDefender
-Michael StephensMidfielder
-Bryan JordanStriker
12Hector JimenezMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
32Jack McBeanStriker
1Will HesmerGoalkeeper
-Julius JamesDefender
14Chad MarshallDefender
20Sebastián MirandaDefender
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
17Emmanuel EkpoMidfielder
14Robbie RogersMidfielder
31Josh GardnerMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
7Bernardo AnorMidfielder
-A. MendozaStriker
30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
25Richard BalchanDefender
15Kevin BurnsGoalkeeper
-Dejan RusmirMidfielder
-Tom HeinemannStriker
-Jeff CunninghamStriker
9Justin MeramMidfielder
Players to Watch
Todd Dunivant
Todd Dunivant
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Tony Tchani
Tony Tchani
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
6 0 1 0
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E. Torres E. Torres
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Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
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6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
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Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
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Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
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Sporting KC
4 1