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  • July 20, 2011
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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Columbus Crew

MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Columbus Crew

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


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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Players to watch

T. Dunivant

Position: Defender

Games: 7

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T. Tchani

Position: Midfielder

Games: 35

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

LA Galaxy

Columbus Crew

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

LA Galaxy GAL
LA Galaxy LA Galaxy
Draw
Columbus Crew CRE
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew
58%
21%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

LA Galaxy GAL
2 - 1
Columbus Crew CRE
LA Galaxy GAL
2 - 0
Columbus Crew CRE
LA Galaxy GAL
1 - 1
Columbus Crew CRE

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