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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Chivas USA

Chivas USA won a SuperClasico earlier this year for the first time since 2008 and comes into this match with the best defensive record and worst offensive record in MLS.

By Zac Lee Rigg

LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Junior Lopes, Dunivant; Jimenez, Juninho, Beckham, Stephens; Keane, Donovan.


OUT: DF Andrew Boyens (L sports hernia surgery); FW Edson Buddle (R knee surgery); MF Dan Keat (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); MF Mike Magee (R shin hematoma); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms); FW Pat Noonan (R quad strain)
Chivas USA (4-2-3-1): Kennedy; Riley, Valencia, Califf, Jazic; LaBrocca, Zemanski; Bolanos, Cardozo, Smith; Angel.


OUT: MF Marvin Iraheta (L knee ACL); MF Oswaldo Minda (L shoulder)

DOUBTFUL: FW Juan Agudelo (L knee)
  • These teams are fifth and sixth in the Western Conference. LA has 27 points, Chivas USA 23. However, the Galaxy have played three extra games.
  • The Goats won the SuperClasico on May 19, a Jose Erick Correa penalty deciding the 1-0 result. Before that, the Galaxy had won six straight times against Chivas USA and was on an 11-game unbeaten run.
  • Since 2008, Los Angeles has only lost once to Chivas USA.
  • The Galaxy scored five goals in their last home match, a high for the club since 2008.
  • Chivas USA leads the league with only 18 goals conceded all season. However, the club is worst in MLS with only 12 goals this year.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
-David LopesDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
20A.J. DeLaGarzaDefender
-Bryan GaulDefender
8Marcelo Sarvas Striker
12Hector JimenezMidfielder
32David BeckhamMidfielder
7Robbie KeaneStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
1Brian PerkGoalkeeper
4Omar GonzalezDefender
21Tommy MeyerDefender
-Bryan JordanStriker
-Michael StephensMidfielder
32Jack McBeanStriker
33Jose VillarrealStriker
1Dan KennedyGoalkeeper
31Rauwshan McKenzieDefender
26James RileyDefender
6Ante JazicDefender
-Dan CaliffDefender
2Nick LaBroccaMidfielder
51M. BolañosMidfielder
18Blair GavinMidfielder
14Ben ZemanskiMidfielder
-Ryan SmithMidfielder
-J. CorreaStriker
28Tim MeliaGoalkeeper
-John Alexander Valencia HinestrozaDefender
19Jorge VillafanaDefender
-Paolo Daniel CardozoMidfielder
-Juan Pablo AngelStriker
-Casey TownsendStriker
15Alejandro MorenoStriker
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
NY Red Bulls
4 1