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MLS Playoff Preview: LA Galaxy - Real Salt Lake

MLS Playoff Preview: LA Galaxy - Real Salt Lake

Victor Decolongon

A rematch of the 2009 MLS Cup final is scheduled for the Western Conference final, with Los Angeles hosting RSL.


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

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Sean Alvarado (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: MF David Beckham (back spasms); DF Gregg Berhalter (R foot sprain); DF Bryan Jordan (L middle finger tendon rupture)
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Russell, Borchers, Schuler, Wingert; Williams, Beckerman, Morales, Johnson; Saborio, Espindola.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Nelson González (R foot fracture)

DOUBTFUL: FW Cody Arnoux (L hamstring strain); DF Blake Wagner (R adductor strain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Nat Borchers (L quadriceps strain); DF Jamison Olave (R quadriceps strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Los Angeles advanced to a third consecutive conference final thanks to a 3-1 aggregate win over the New York Red Bulls. Former NY attacker Mike Magee scored crucial goals in both legs.
  • Salt Lake makes it three conference finals in four years thanks to a nervy 3-2 aggregate win over Seattle Sounders FC. A makeshift backline managed to hold the Sounders to a 2-0 win in the second leg after the team went three goals up in the first.
  • Starting centerback pairing Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave missed the second leg with quad strains. Both are in doubt for Sunday's match against the Galaxy. David Beckham is also questionable with back spasms.
  • The Galaxy, who won the Supporters' Shield, have not lost at home all year.
  • The Galaxy's win over New York, coupled with Seattle's U.S. Open Cup triumph, means a spot in next year's CONCACAF Champions League falls to RSL, regardless of the outcome in this match.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
12Josh SaundersGoalkeeper
2Todd DunivantDefender
4Omar GonzalezDefender
20A.J. DeLaGarzaDefender
5Sean FranklinDefender
32David BeckhamMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
19JuninhoMidfielder
19Chad BarrettStriker
7Robbie KeaneStriker
10Landon DonovanStriker
1Donovan RickettsGoalkeeper
-Dasan RobinsonDefender
-Frankie HejdukDefender
-Michael StephensMidfielder
33Chris BirchallMidfielder
-Paolo Daniel CardozoMidfielder
-Adam CristmanStriker
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
28Chris SchulerDefender
4Jamison OlaveDefender
3Robbie RussellDefender
17Chris WingertDefender
4Will JohnsonStriker
77Andy WilliamsGoalkeeper
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
15A. SaboríoStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
6Nat BorchersDefender
2Tony Beltran Defender
20Ned GrabavoyMidfielder
21Luis GilMidfielder
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Striker
Players to Watch
David Beckham
David Beckham
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
15 2 2 0
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