Galaxy by Jonathan Vera: Even without Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan the Galaxy remain kings amongst men in the league. The goal keeping has been in tip top shape ranking up another clean sheet for Donovan Ricketts. Meanwhile, the offense has stepped up to the plate. It was the rookie show last week in Columbus as both greenhorns Tristan Bowen and Michael Stephens sent their respected shots past the net that gave LA the two up win.
Dynamo by Zach Woosley: Well Houston broke the win/loss streak that had plagued them since April 1st...trouble is, it was with a second straight loss on a stoppage time goal. Not exactly what anybody had in mind. Juan Pablo Angel's 94th minute free kick strike sent Houston to below .500 for the first time this season and leaves the team facing a cross-country trip to face the LA Galaxy on only two days rest. Not good. The only bright side right now for the Dynamo is the prospect of some time off to heal injuries, focus on training and try to right the proverbial ship when league play resumes at the end of June.
Galaxy: The newbies have been shinning bright for Los Galacticos, but it's the veteran offense that needs to step up and kick it up a notch and start tallying goals. Case in point: midfielder/forward Clint Mathis. He's been looking rather sluggish on the pitch in passing and controlling the ball. He is a veteran of the game. He need to be the role model for the rookies, not the other way around.
Dynamo: If you listen to Brian Ching, the Dynamo's struggles come down to focus and effort, neither of which the team seems to have enough of at times. It's the little things that are killing Dominic Kinnear's team and until they find a way to fix them, it's likely not to get any better. Minor positional mistakes, lapse of concentration, the kind of things that Houston fans are not used to seeing and the kind of things that send everyone's blood pressure through the roof. At least the issues the Dynamo are dealing with are fixable, it's just a question of what it will take to solve the problems and when that will happen. I think most would agree, the sooner the better is the only reason choice.
Galaxy: Week after week, mastermind Bruce Arena's been changing the lineup. Always tweaking always adjusting. However, expect last weeks lineup (which played and communicated so well) to start again this Saturday. Minding the net, Donovan Ricketts. A.J. DelaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, and Todd Dunivant in the backline. In the middle Sean Franklin, Chris Birchall, Michael Stephens, and Juninho with Tristan Bowen and Mike Magee leading the charge.
Dynamo: Broken record time here. 4-4-2, the only questions are whether Mike Chabala will be available and what forward combination Kinnear will use up front. I full expect to see Dominic Oduro back in the game with Landin on the bench given the results of the last time he tangled with the Galaxy defense.
Galaxy: It's round two in the Galaxy Dynamo face-off. Earlier this season LA trumped Houston 2-0 in Texas; a match where the, then, international Brain Ching was injured and did not play. However, this time around he's and thirsting for repercussions. He may be disappointed he didn't make the US 23 man roster for South Africa, but he is still a force LA has to reckon with.
Dynamo: Pride. This is a proud Dynamo team, with a lot of veterans and guys who don't like losing and don't expect to lose. The inconsistency in the team's form is starting wear on everyone involved and at some point you had to figure something will click and things will get back on track. You can't change much in two days traveling from New York to Los Angeles, but you can use the emotion and use your pride to focus and try to get a huge victory over a seemingly unbeatable opponent. A victory on Saturday would give the Dynamo a huge boost going in to the World Cup break and restore some of the pride team that is feeling a bit wounded.
Galaxy: If this was in Houston, hands down, Dynamo take it. But the "Angel City Brigade" and the rest of the LA faithful will be too much for the visiting team. LA takes it 2-1.
Dynamo: Nothing about this match-up is positive for the Dynamo and nothing about it gives me any reason to hope for Houston to get a goal, let alone win. Still, I'll go a little crazy and say Houston scores on the Galaxy, but still loses the game 2-1.
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