LA Galaxy @ Columbus Crew
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Kick-off: 4:00 p.m
Viewing Party: Buffalo Wild Wings
After a 4-0 beat-down of Chivas USA this past Sunday night, the Galaxy is already in Columbus to face the Crew on Wednesday afternoon. On short rest, LA will try to build on their SuperClasico victory and begin a new winning streak.
It was the first time this season we were able to see Todd Dunivant, AJ DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, and Sean Franklin together in the backline. The four defenders looked confident and comfortable out there, keeping Josh Saunders’ work to a minimum and maintaining the clean sheet, a result that the team needed after the loss to Seattle. The Galaxy, led by Landon Donovan’s four assists, widened the gap between themselves and Chivas USA, who are now ten points behind. Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez each had a goal, while Juninho had his first brace while playing for LA.
The Columbus Crew, currently out of a playoff spot, will be playing their first game since Kirk Urso passed away. The Crew, led by Eddie Gaven and former Galaxy player Chris Birchall, will look to start off strong in their first game of seven in three weeks. The Galaxy will play Columbus without the current Player of the Week and league leader in assists, Landon Donovan, who will be with the US National Team taking on Mexico. David Beckham will also be unavailable for the Galaxy, missing his second straight match. With a win, LA could possibly leap-frog over both Vancouver and Seattle and claim third place in the Western Conference.
36 points, 43 GF, 39 GA
11-11-3, 5th in Western Conference
Home Record: 5-5-1
Away Record: 6-6-2
28 points, 20 GF, 21 GA
8-8-4, 7th in Eastern Conference
Home Record: 5-3-1
Away Record: 3-5-3
THIS IS LA!