LA Galaxy @ RSL (4/27)

LA Galaxy @ Real Salt Lake

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rio Tinto Stadium

Kick-off: 6:00 p.m

On Saturday night the LA Galaxy visits Real Salt Lake to continue what has become one of the most competitive rivalries in MLS in the past couple of years. The Galaxy and RSL are both coming off of victories at home this past weekend, and both will be looking to improve their position in the Western Conference table.

This past Saturday the Galaxy hosted Sporting KC, one of the better teams in MLS, at the Home Depot Center. There was a lot of talk about SKC’s defense, which had not allowed a goal in five consecutive games. With the Galaxy on a three-game losing streak in all competitions, it looked like Sporting KC would be a very difficult yet good test for the MLS Cup champions, and it was both. With goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Landon Donovan, the Galaxy was able to snap SKC’s shutout streak, which had gone on for over 540 minutes. Both Sarvas and Donovan scored their first goals of the season. With the Galaxy’s best defensive line-up, consisting of Dunivant, DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, and Franklin, LA was able to maintain a clean sheet for the first time since the 1-0 victory over Colorado a month ago.

Real Salt Lake won their first game in April when they defeated Chivas USA on Saturday night.  Nick Rimando stopped a penalty kick attempt in the first half, and Javier Morales’ goal in the 53rd minute was enough to give RSL the victory. With their win RSL moved to third place in the Western Conference, tying the Galaxy at eleven points but having a two-game advantage.

Real Salt Lake is unbeaten at home, having gained seven out of nine possible points so far. On the other hand, the Galaxy has not won on the road, falling on one of the two games so far. Alvaro Saborio leads RSL on goals, with three this season. With the loss of a few key players, most notably Fabian Espindola, Real Salt Lake has struggled, gaining 11 points out of 24 possible.  Robbie Keane had a couple of opportunities to get on the score sheet against SKC but was unable to, and has not scored since the Galaxy’s home opener. Mike Magee is the only Galaxy player to have scored more than a goal so far (5), but has not scored since the 2-2 draw in Toronto.  LA Galaxy homegrown player Jose Villarreal has been called up to the US U-20’s training camp, taking place between April 22-April 29.

LA Galaxy:

11 points, 10 GF, 4 GA

3-1-2, 2nd in Western Conference

Home Record: 3-0-1

Away Record: 0-1-1

Previous Games:

(4/20) LA Galaxy 2-0 Sporting KC

(4/13) FC Dallas 1-0 LA Galaxy

(3/30) Toronto FC 2-2 LA Galaxy

(3/23) LA Galaxy 1-0 Colorado Rapids

(3/17) LA Galaxy 1-1 Chivas USA

Real Salt Lake:

11 points, 7 GF, 7 GA

3-3-2, 3rd in Western Conference

Home Record: 2-0-1

Away Record: 1-3-1

Previous Games:

(4/20) Real Salt Lake 1-0 Chivas USA

(4/13) Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Real Salt Lake

(4/6) Colorado Rapids 1-0 Real Salt Lake

(3/30) Real Salt Lake 2-1 Seattle Sounders

(3/23) FC Dallas 2-0 Real Salt Lake

THIS IS LA!

Viewing Party: Dough Boy Pizza (Pico Rivera)

@acosta19LA

  • Tough venue and team but I think LA got this, if Donovan and Keane are able to play. ACB will be there in full force! #LAaway