LA Galaxy vs Montreal Impact
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Kick-off: 7:30 p.m
There’s a lot to play for as the LA Galaxy’s regular season’s coming to an end, and on Wednesday night the defending MLS Cup champions will have an opportunity to come within points of the Supporters’ Shield. Just when it seemed like the Galaxy’s hopes of getting the Shield were over with, a series of results involving Western Conference opponents have worked in favor of LA, and with a win on Wednesday the Galaxy would be only a couple of points behind the current leaders Portland and New York with two games left to play in the regular season.
Last week there was talk about the Galaxy potentially having to play a knockout game in the playoffs should the results not go in their favor, but now it seems like instead the Galaxy have an opportunity to fight for first place in the West. With Seattle losing three straight, all against Western Conference opponents, the playoff push keeps getting tighter for all teams, but it has also allowed room for at least the top four to battle it out to see who takes the Conference championship.
After not being in action for a week and a half the Galaxy will resume MLS play against Montreal, who is currently third in the Eastern Conference and yet to secure a playoff spot. After the 5-0 beat-down of Chivas USA, the Galaxy will be playing its second-to-last home game of the regular season, needing all three points to keep up with the rest of the Western Conference.
There are a few injury concerns for the Galaxy ahead of Wednesday’s game. Juninho, who missed the Galaxy’s last game due to an abductor strain, feels like he’ll be ready to go on Wednesday night. Omar Gonzalez did not join the USMNT after suffering a left hip strain during LA’s game against Chivas USA, but is optimistic he’ll be ready to play both games for the Galaxy this week (against Montreal and San Jose on Sunday). Another injury concern is that of Landon Donovan, who was released from the USMNT camp following the game against Jamaica due to an ankle injury. The injuries suffered by both don’t seem serious and it is possible they’ll both be in the lineup against the Impact. A couple of players who won’t be though are Jaime Penedo and Robbie Keane, who will be with their respective national teams finishing up this round World Cup Qualifier campaigns. Keane missed Ireland’s game this past Saturday against Germany, but resumed full training on Monday ahead of their match against Kazakhstan.
The Galaxy won’t be the only one with injury concerns. Montreal, winless in five MLS games, will be missing a few key players of their own, with Davy Arnaud and Matteo Ferrari missing the game due to yellow card accumulations. Also missing the game will be Alessandro Nesta, who did not travel with the rest of the team to Los Angeles. Wednesday’s game will be as crucial to the Galaxy as it will to the Impact, with both teams trying to clinch a berth into the playoffs.
THIS IS LA!
48 points, 51 GF, 37 GA
14-11-6, 4th in Western Conference
Home Record: 10-2-3
Away Record: 4-9-3
(10/6) LA Galaxy 5-0 Chivas USA
(9/29) Portland Timbers 1-0 LA Galaxy
(9/21) LA Galaxy 1-1 Seattle Sounders
(9/4)DC United 2-2 LA Galaxy
(9/7) LA Galaxy 0-1 Colorado Rapids
46 points, 48 GF, 46 GA
13-11-7, 4th in Eastern Conference
Home Record: 9-4-3
Away Record: 4-7-4
(10/12) Montreal Impact 0-1 NE Revolution
(10/4) Houston Dynamo 1-0 Montreal Impact
(9/28) Chicago Fire 2-2 Montreal Impact
(9/21) Montreal Impact 0-3 Vancouver Whitecaps
(9/14) Montreal Impact 1-2 Columbus Crew