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  • June 17, 2012
  • • 7:10 PM
  • • Stubhub Center, Carson, California
  • Referee: G. Gamble
  • • Attendance: 20611

MLS Preview: LA Galaxy - Portland Timbers

Los Angeles is scrounging for bodies to prevent becoming the third MLS Cup champ to fail to qualify for the playoffs the following season.

LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Dunivant; Beckham, Juninho, Sarvas, Donovan; Buddle, Barrett.


OUT: DF Andrew Boyens (L sports hernia surgery); FW Adam Cristman (concussion); DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); MF Dan Keat (R knee inflammation)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Edson Buddle (R knee inflammation); DF Bryan Gaul (facial fracture); MF Hector Jimenez (L quad hematoma); MF Juninho (L calf contusion)
Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Jewsbury, Mosquera, Horst, Chabala; Alhassan, Chara, Palmer, Nagbe; Boyd, Mwanga.


OUT: DF Eric Brunner (concussion); DF Rodney Wallace (R ankle sprain)
  • Los Angeles props up the Western Conference with a mere 11 points. Portland is only two points better off, tied for seventh in the West.
  • The Galaxy could become the third team to win an MLS Cup and then fail to make the playoffs the following year. The last team to do it? The 2005-06 LA Galaxy. (D.C. United was the first in 1999-2000.)
  • Los Angeles is struggling to find available bodies. Aside from a lengthy injury list, Bruce Arena will miss Robbie Keane to Euro 2012, where the striker is captaining the Republic of Ireland. The Disciplinary Committee was not kind either, tabbing Mike Magee, Michael Stephens and Hector Jimenez with suspensions for this game.
  • The sample size is small, but Portland has never won an MLS match in June, going 0-3-1 last year.
  • Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce will reportedly be stateside to watch David Beckham play ahead of deciding the team to compete in the London Olympics. He'll watch this match and the one against Real Salt Lake midweek to evaluate the 37-year-old.


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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
2Todd DunivantDefender
-David LopesDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
20A.J. DeLaGarzaDefender
-Bryan JordanStriker
8Marcelo Sarvas Striker
32David BeckhamMidfielder
19Chad BarrettStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
1Brian PerkGoalkeeper
21Tommy MeyerDefender
-Bryan GaulDefender
25Rafa GarcíaMidfielder
34Kenneth WalkerStriker
32Jack McBeanStriker
-Kyle NakazawaMidfielder
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
-Mike ChabalaDefender
18David HorstDefender
-H. MosqueraDefender
-F. Songo'oMidfielder
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
9Kris BoydStriker
55Danny MwangaStriker
12Joe BendikGoalkeeper
98Mamadou DansoDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
11Michael FucitoMidfielder
-Brent Anthony RichardsStriker

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