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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Chicago Fire

MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Chicago Fire

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The two-time defending champs chase a treble of MLS Cups with the first step coming against the visiting Fire.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Dunivant; Stephens, Sarvas, Juninho, Clark; Magee, Keane. 


Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Pause, Friedrich, Berry, Segares; Nyarko, Larentowicz, Lindpere, Duka; Rolfe, MacDonald.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • This match kicks off the 2013 season for each of these teams. LA Galaxy won the MLS Cup last year. The Chicago Fire made the postseason but fell to eventual finalist Houston at the first hurdle.
  • Landon Donovan will miss the beginning chunk of this season on an extended sabbatical. He is currently in Cambodia. Robbie Keane will captain the Galaxy this year.
  • David Beckham left Los Angeles after his second MLS Cup, joining Paris Saint-Germain. Former Chelsea and Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini will replace Josh Saunders between the sticks.
  • The Fire lost former Mexican internationals Pavel Pardo (retirement) and Guillermo Franco (option declined). Alvaro Fernandez and Dominic Oduro also left. Their replacements are MLS veterans Jeff Larentowicz, Maicon Santos and Joel Lindpere.
  • LA striker Jose Villarreal will miss this game representing the United States in the U-20 CONCACAF Championship.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
2Todd DunivantDefender
4Omar GonzalezDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
20A.J. DeLaGarzaDefender
22LeonardoDefender
8Marcelo Sarvas Striker
23Colin ClarkMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
19JuninhoMidfielder
7Robbie KeaneStriker
1Brian PerkGoalkeeper
12Hector JimenezMidfielder
25Rafa GarcíaMidfielder
-Michael StephensMidfielder
16Greg CochraneMidfielder
32Jack McBeanStriker
27Charlie RuggStriker
25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
13Gonzalo SegaresDefender
18Steven KinneyDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
11Dilly DukaMidfielder
20Jeff LarentowiczMidfielder
-Joel LindpereMidfielder
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
18Chris RolfeStriker
-Maicon SantosStriker
70Paolo TornaghiGoalkeeper
11Daniel PaladiniMidfielder
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
-Michael VideiraMidfielder
7AlexMidfielder
15Sherjill MacDonaldStriker
-Yazid AtoubaStriker

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