LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids (9/7)

LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids

Saturday, September 7, 2013

StubHub Center

Kick-off: 7:30 p.m

 

The LA Galaxy has been unstoppable for the past few games, but on Saturday night the back-to-back champions may be facing their most challenging game since the All-Star break. Although the Rapids have won just one game in their last four, the Galaxy will be playing without Jaime Penedo, Omar Gonzale, Robbie Keane, and Landon Donovan, four important figures in the team’s unbeaten run as of late. With those four players away on international duty, the opportunity arises for other players to step up and continue the Galaxy’s chase for the Supporters’ Shield.

The absences of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan will probably be the hardest to fill. The unstoppable duo has been responsible for 15 of the last 16 Galaxy goals, with Omar Gonzalez adding the other. It is also uncertain who will step in for Penedo, although it is likely Brian Rowe will since Carlo Cudicini hasn’t been seen in a while, even at Reserve games. Now on a five-game unbeaten streak and with three consecutive shutouts in all competitions, the Galaxy will look to keep the momentum going against Colorado.

On Saturday the Rapids have just as much pressure to win as the Galaxy does. Colorado is currently tied at 39 points with Portland, but their goal differential has them up in fourth place at the moment. Going up against one of the strongest teams at home, the Rapids will look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat against Sporting KC, where they lost the game in the final minutes.

THIS IS LA!

LA Galaxy:

43 points, 43 GF, 32 GA

13-9-4, 2nd in Western Conference

Home Record: 9-1-2

Away Record: 4-8-2

Previous Games:

(8/31) LA Galaxy 3-0 SJ Earthquakes

(8/24) Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 LA Galaxy

(8/17) LA Galaxy 4-2 Real Salt Lake

(8/11) FC Dallas 3-3 LA Galaxy

(7/27) Colorado Rapids 2-0 LA Galaxy

Colorado Rapids:

39 points, 34 GF, 29 GA

10-8-9, 4th in Western Conference

Home Record: 7-3-4

Away Record: 3-5-5

Previous Games:

(8/31) Sporting KC 2-1 Colorado Rapids

(8/17) Colorado Rapids 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

(8/11) Chivas USA 1-1 Colorado Rapids

(8/3) Colorado Rapids 2-2 Real Salt Lake

(7/27) Colorado Rapids 2-0 LA Galaxy

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  • jsabillon

    Our stars won’t be there but we gotta support the boys no matter the name on the back!

  • Carlo has been seen. He was interviewed about this game even.

    It’s pretty incredible that the past 16 goals were scored by the three DPs, and none of them will be on hand.