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The top two teams in the West square off in California on Saturday night. Midweek, LA lost for the first time in 15 matches.


Los Angeles Galaxy (4-5-1): Saunders; DeLaGarza, Franklin, Gonzalez, Dunivant; Birchall, Stephens, Beckham, Juninho, Donovan; Angel.


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); MF Jovan Kirovski (L ankle sprain)

PROBABLE: DF Omar Gonzalez (nose fracture)

FC Dallas (4-1-4-1): Hartman; Loyd, John, Ihemelu, Benitez; Hernandez; Jackson, Alexander, Jacobson, Shea; Chavez.


OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); FW Maykel Galindo (R hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Andrew Jacobson (L knee)

PROBABLE: MF Brek Shea (illness)

  • Both of these teams played Wednesday night: FC Dallas won 1-0 in CONCACAF Champions League action, clinching a spot in the group stage, while LA took a 3-0 beating from Portland in league play.
  • Players from both sides got calls into the U.S. national team for next week. Brek Shea will represent FC Dallas and Landon Donovan got called in from the Galaxy.

  • Donovan and Shea are also the two highest scoring American players in Major League Soccer, with Donovan having 11 goals and Shea having nine.
  • FC Dallas signed Daniel Cruz on Thursday, adding another versatile midfielder to a squad that was already deep on midfield talent.
  • David Beckham is second in the league with eight assists.
  • Los Angeles and Dallas are the only two teams in MLS to have won at least half of their games this season.