LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake (10/6)

LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Home Depot Center

Kick-off: 6:00 p.m

There are just three games remaining in the MLS regular season for the LA Galaxy, and on Saturday the defending champions host Real Salt Lake. RSL is currently two points above the Galaxy, occupying second place in the Western Conference. Already qualified to CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals, the LA Galaxy will now focus on finishing the regular season in good form.

This past Sunday the Galaxy played the Rapids to a 1-1 draw in Commerce City, Colorado. A draw on the road left LA in third place and ended the Galaxy’s aspirations to winning a third consecutive Supporters’ Shield, but the result is not what Galaxy fans are talking about. Defender AJ DeLaGarza suffered an injury in the first half that left him unable to continue in the match. Reports have gone out saying AJ will likely be sidelined for a month and therefore miss what is left of the regular season. DeLaGarza had played nearly every game this season for the Galaxy, becoming one of LA’s most consistent players. Rookie defender Tommy Meyer replaced DeLaGarza and along with Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin, Todd Dunivant, and Josh Saunders managed to keep the game leveled.  Christian Wilhelmsson missed the match due to an ankle sprain, but David Beckham made his first appearance in nearly a month. This was the first time all 3 of LA’s Designated Players played at the same time since the 4-0 defeat to Seattle back in early August. The Galaxy has gone unbeaten for 10 games in all competitions since then.

The Galaxy and Real Salt Lake met twice earlier this season, each taking 3 points at the others’ stadium. RSL defeated the Galaxy at the season opener in Carson, 1-3 the final result. The Galaxy, struggling at the time, came back from a 0-2 deficit and defeated RSL 3-2 at Rio Tinto Stadium. This final game will determine who takes the season series, but most importantly, second place in the Western Conference is on the line.

LA Galaxy:

50 points, 55 GF, 43 GA

15-11-5, 3rd in Western Conference

Home Record: 9-5-1

Away Record: 6-6-4

Real Salt Lake:

52 points, 44 GF, 34 GA

16-11-4, 2nd in Western Conference

Home Record: 11-4-1

Away Record: 5-7-3


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