LA Galaxy vs Sporting KC (4/20)

LA Galaxy vs Sporting KC

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Home Depot Center

Kick-off: 7:30 p.m

After an unsuccessful trip to Dallas this past weekend, the LA Galaxy returns to the Home Depot Center to host Sporting KC on Saturday night. The Galaxy now finds itself in a three-game losing streak in all competitions and has not won in four consecutive games. The defending MLS Cup Champions were shut out for the first time this season on Saturday against Dallas, a game in which the Galaxy would end up playing with a man down after Leonardo saw a red card, the first for the Galaxy this season.

When Leonardo saw the red card FC Dallas had the opportunity to go up 1-0 after being awarded a penalty kick. Carlo Cudicini made the save to keep the game level, and moments later Jose Villarreal was taken down inside the box to earn a penalty kick for the Galaxy. Landon Donovan stepped up to take the penalty kick but his attempt was also saved, and eventually the Galaxy would allow a goal off a corner kick in the final minutes.

The Galaxy line-up this past Saturday featured a couple of changes due to the schedule the team had to deal with. Greg Cochrane made his MLS debut filling in for Todd Dunivant, while Robbie Keane and Sean Franklin didn’t make the 18-man roster either.  As of Wednesday night, all three and Jose Villarreal, who took a knock during Monday’s Reserve League game against Seattle, are expected to be available for Saturday’s game.

Sporting KC will be on short rest when they visit the HDC. The 2012 US Open Cup winners defeated the New York Red Bulls on the road this past Wednesday. With a lone goal from Aurelien Collin, Sporting KC was able to take all three points, once again putting on a good defensive display. With the clean sheet kept on Wednesday, Sporting KC’s shutout streak reached a total of 5 games. Sporting KC’s only loss of the season came against Toronto during week 2 of the MLS campaign.

IMPORTANT TAILGATE INFORMATION: All food proceeds from Saturday’s game will be donated to Boston Children’s Hospital on behalf of ACB. The hospital is non-profit and is treating many of the children injured in Monday’s bombings.

LA Galaxy:

8 points, 8 GF, 4 GA

2-1-2, 4th in Western Conference

Home Record: 2-0-1

Away Record: 0-1-1

Previous Games:

(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

(3/3) LA Galaxy 4-0 Chicago Fire

Sporting KC:

11 points, 7 GF, 5 GA

3-1-2, 3rd in Eastern Conference

Home Record: 2-0-1

Away Record: 1-1-1

Previous Games:

(4/17) New York Red Bulls 0-1 Sporting KC

(4/5) Sporting KC 1-0 DC United

(3/30) Sporting KC 2-0 Montreal Impact

(3/23) New England Revolution 0-0 Sporting KC

(3/16) Sporting KC 0-0 Chicago Fire


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