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MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Portland Timbers

The bottom of the Western Conference heap surprisingly includes the Galaxy, trailing Portland by a point.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Lopes, Dunivant; Donovan, Beckham, Juninho, Magee; Buddle, Keane.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery); GK Brian Perk (sports hernia surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: MF David Beckham (back spasms); MF Michael Stephens (R ankle sprain)
Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Mosquera, Brunner, Chabala; Alhassan, Chara, Jewsbury, Songo'o; Nagbe, Boyd.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Joe Bendik (R knee meniscus surgery); DF Futty Danso (L foot fracture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); MF James Marcelin (L hamstring strain); DF Rodney Wallace (L ankle sprain)

DOUBTFUL: GK Jake Gleeson (R knee IT band tightness); DF David Horst (R hip surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Sal Zizzo (L ACL surgery)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • These two teams prop up the Western Conference, with reigning Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup champion LA surprisingly last on three points from four games. Portland has one more point but has played one extra game.
  • The only time the Galaxy started a season worse, 1999, they played in the MLS Cup. Los Angeles has lost two games in a row, a first since 2010. The team hasn't dropped three consecutive matches since Bruce Arena took over in August 2010.
  • Each team won 3-0 at home in this matchup last season.
  • Portland lost 2-1 to Chivas USA last week, the first time the Timbers have lost when leading at halftime. The result also tied a club record for consecutive defeats (three).
  • Galaxy players Josh Saunders and Bryan Jordan are former USL Timbers.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
-David LopesDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
2Todd DunivantDefender
21Tommy MeyerDefender
32David BeckhamMidfielder
19JuninhoMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
19Chad BarrettStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
7Robbie KeaneStriker
-Bill GaudetteGoalkeeper
27Andrew BoyensDefender
-Bryan JordanStriker
8Marcelo Sarvas Striker
9Edson BuddleStriker
-Kyle NakazawaMidfielder
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
-H. MosqueraDefender
-Mike ChabalaDefender
25Steve PurdyDefender
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
9Kris BoydStriker
12Brian RoweGoalkeeper
16Andrew-Jean BaptisteDefender
28Freedie BraunMidfielder
-F. Songo'oMidfielder
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
-J. PerlazaStriker
7Bright DikeStriker
Players to Watch
A.J. DeLaGarza
A.J. DeLaGarza
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
22 0 3 0
F. Songo'o
F. Songo'o
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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