LA Galaxy @ NE Revolution (6/2)

LA Galaxy @ NE Revolution

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gillette Stadium

Kick-off: 1:30 p.m

 

The LA Galaxy are back on the road and back in the East coast to face the New England Revolution. After last week’s dominant display against Seattle at home, the Galaxy will look to keep the momentum going against the Revs, who will look to keep their winning streak alive.

After a disappointing road trip the Galaxy returned home and put on a show against the Seattle Sounders. Before the first half came to an end the Galaxy was up 4-0, with Robbie Keane getting his first hat-trick in a Galaxy uniform. Keane’s hat-trick was the Galaxy’s second this season, with the first belonging to Mike Magee. After being traded for Magee, Robbie Rogers made his debut in a Galaxy uniform, playing 13 minutes.

There will be changes in the Galaxy line-up on Sunday. Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez will not be with the squad as both are with their respective National teams. Robbie Keane has given the Galaxy attack a boost since returning from injury, helping the Galaxy score eight goals in three games. In the defensive side of things, Gonzalez has been key to keeping the Galaxy tied at second in the league with the fewest goals allowed. Gonzalez’s absence leaves a spot to be filled (by either Leonardo or Meyer), and it’ll be no easy task. Bruce Arena said “Omar is one of the premier defenders in the league, so you don’t replace Omar that easily, but we have a good group of players in the back. We’ve interchanged players since the beginning of the year, so there’s no reason to believe we can’t do it in an efficient manner and win games.” AJ DeLaGarza also gave his thoughts on the absence of Gonzalez, saying “In the air nothing’s getting past him. Everyone has to step up. Now that he’s leaving hopefully we can continue to do what we’ve been doing.”

After seeing the reserve squad be eliminated from the US Open Cup on Wednesday, the rest of the team is in Boston to face the Revolution. New England is on a 3 game unbeaten run, posting impressive results in those three games. The Revs have kept the Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw, defeated TFC, and defeating the Dynamo, ending their record-setting home streak in the process. New England’s attack is led by players such as
Diego Fagundez, Juan Toja, and now Juan Agudelo. With 16 points, New England is tied with the Crew for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

LA Galaxy:

20 points, 21 GF, 10 GA

6-4-2, 4th in Western Conference

Home Record: 4-1-1

Away Record: 2-3-1

Previous Games:

(5/26) LA Galaxy 4-0 Seattle Sounders

(5/19) NY Red Bulls 1-0 LA Galaxy

(5/15) Philadelphia Union 1-4 LA Galaxy

(5/11) Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 LA Galaxy

(5/5) LA Galaxy 0-1 Houston Dynamo

NE Revolution:

16 points, 10 GF, 9 GA

4-4-4, 7th in Eastern Conference

Home Record: 2-2-2

Away Record: 2-2-2

Previous Games:

(5/25) NE Revolution 2-0 Toronto FC

(5/18) Houston Dynamo 0-2 NE Revolution

(5/11) NE Revolution 1-1 NY Red Bulls

(5/8) NE Revolution 1-2 Real Salt Lake

(5/2) Portland Timbers 0-0 NE Revolution

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