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#1 Caasi Gohd

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:11 AM

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids
Saturday, April 4th, 2008 – 7:30pm
Victoria Street
TV: DK, FS-PT, Match Center
Radio: KLAC (English), KWKW 1330 AM (Spanish)


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Los Angeles Galaxy
Conference Position: 4th
League Position: 10th
Last Match: 2-2 vs. DC United
Next Match: USOC Play-in vs. Colorado Rapids (Victoria Street)

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Colorado Rapids
2008 Conference Position: 5th
2008 League Position: 9th
Last Match: 2-1 vs. Kansas City
Next Match: vs. Chicago Fire (RFK Stadium)

Last Meeting: 10/12/08 - Galaxy 3-2 Rapids (Victoria Street)

After managing to escape from the jaws of defeat in Week 1 and resting in Week 2, Los Angeles Galaxy is back at home for Week 3 looking to earn the first win of 2009 and keep Victoria Street nice and clean. This weekend’s match against the Colorado Rapids will be the first of three against the same team in the month of April; 2 of these in league play and the other coming in US Open Cup Qualifiers. With the West starting out as the more competitive conference, only 3 points will do for Landon Donovan and LA Galaxy.

Colorado Rapids

The Rapids come into this game having shown already, in just two games, the same cloth from which the Colorado Rapids have been cut since the early days of MLS. A club with the potential to be a dangerous side in MLS, but with levels of inconsistency reminiscent of a mid-table Mexican league club.

In their opening game, early pressure paid off for the Rapids visiting Chivas USA as Zach Thornton spat out a relatively easy ball in front of goal and Omar Cummings jumped on the opportunity to put the Rapids up 1-0. In the second half however, complacency reared its ugly head for Colorado and an uncontested 1-0 lead turned into a 1-2 deficit within a matter of minutes thanks to two goals from an unlikely hero, Paulo Nagamura.

In the second game of their season it was the Rapids who walked away with a 2-1 lead, this time at home and over the Kansas City Wizards. Omar Cummings grabbed his second goal of the season and lifted the Rapids to their first points in 2009.

Along with Omar Cummings, who seems to be coming into his own in MLS as of late, there will be other Rapids to watch with their own individual storylines. Former Galaxy players include Ugo Ihemelu, Ty Harden. Also playing for the Rapids is “almost” Galaxy player Cory Gibbs who put himself on the Galaxy enemies list by refusing to sign for the club when LA was atop the allocation order in 08.

Home Matters

Considering recent form it may seem absurd to make any claims of a positive streak for Los Angeles. However, including last week’s 2-2 draw with DC United, Galaxy is now without defeat at Victoria Street in league play for each of their last 5 games; a streak which extends back to August of 2008 and includes 2 wins, and 3 draws.

For a team that lacked real strength in 2008 it may seem surprising that Galaxy was only 2 wins away from the playoffs last season but that misleading fact is supported by the team’s relative strength at home last season. Even more
In fact, of the 15 home matches of 2008, Galaxy only registered a total of four losses, three of which came against teams that went on to make the MLS Playoffs and at no point did the team follow a home loss with another.

For 2009 Galaxy the season begun at home and the club will have two more opportunities at Victoria Street to earn points before hitting the road for the first time this year. If the club is serious about returning to the playoff picture in 2009, LA must become a bastion for the Angelinos.

Injury Report

OUT: DF Todd Dunivant (R ankle post-surgery); DF Leonard Griffin (L abdominal strain);
QUESTIONABLE: FW Edson Buddle (R quadriceps strain); GK Donovan Ricketts (R groin strain);
PROBABLE: MF Eddie Lewis (L hamstring strain)

Caasi's Expected Starting XI

----------------Saunders-----------------
--Franklin--Sanneh--Gonzalez--DeLaGarza--
----------Kovalenko--Tudela--------------
--Klein---------------------------Magee--
------------Donovan----------------------
----------------------Gordon-------------




Sorry for the short & mediocre version of the preview this week. I have had family with me all week and have not been able to work on the preview for long or keep up to date with the side. I absolutely promise a much much better version of this for next week, especially considering.... you know...


#2 DirtyDefender

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 12:42 PM

Once again - nice write up Isaac.

Although you lost me in the comparison to a mid table FMF team.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:22 PM

Buurrrrrrpoooooooo burrrrrpooooooooo oooooooo oooooooo ooooooo

There's no way we should lose to these scrubs. Look at these shitty ass players. They make our squad look like Brasil 1970.
http://www.colorador...eam/Roster.aspx

...ooooh ooooooooh we are the riot squad...


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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:29 PM

Buurrrrrrpoooooooo burrrrrpooooooooo oooooooo oooooooo ooooooo

There's no way we should lose to these scrubs. Look at these shitty ass players. They make our squad look like Brasil 1970.
http://www.colorador...eam/Roster.aspx

Nice set up Jamesey! :cheers:

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:45 PM

Nice set up Jamesey! :cheers:

I know :(

...ooooh ooooooooh we are the riot squad...


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Posted 31 March 2009 - 02:05 PM

Is it me or is Mastroeni cross-eyed?
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#7 RobertTheBruce

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 03:20 PM

Is it me or is Mastroeni cross-eyed?
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Maybe, but sometimes a small PD* can make someone appear cross-eyed.

* "Pupillary Distance". One of the things I pick up from my wife the optometrist.

Or it could be a simple case of strabismus which can sometimes mimic true cross-eyed symptoms but is really a case of the ocular muscles not working together consistently. Maybe he needs a little prism correction to straighten that puppy out.


Ultimately, though, he's an ass... unless he's playing for the nats.

Up the G's.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:21 PM

Anyone going to be near LAX on Sat about 3pm and can give me a ride to the match? Twigg? Shooter?

I also need a ticket and couch, but those things will probably work themselves out...

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:19 PM

Nice analysis, Caasi Gohd. We MUST get the full 3 points from this match but it will not be easy, with Ricketts & Buddle still out <_< At least, we get Lewis back apparently!!

----------------------------Saunders--------------------
Franklin----------Sanneh------------Omar---------A.J.
--Klein------------Dema-------------Josh--------Lewis
-------------Landon-----------------Gordon------------

Subs: Patterson, Magee & Kirovski

This will be Landon's 3rd game in a week, so I wonder how much he will have left in the tank :unsure: Then again, Landon keeps himself in great condition, so it should be all good!!

C'mon, G's...KILL the Crapids!!

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Colombia - returning to the World Cup after 16-year hiatus!


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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:20 PM

Nice analysis, Caasi Gohd. We MUST get the full 3 points from this match but it will not be easy, with Ricketts & Buddle still out <_< At least, we get Lewis back, apparently!!

----------------------------Saunders--------------------
Franklin----------Sanneh------------Omar---------A.J.
--Klein------------Dema-------------Josh--------Lewis
-------------Landon-----------------Gordon------------

Subs: Patterson, Magee & Kirovski

This will be Landon's 3rd game in a week, so I wonder how much he will have left in the tank :unsure: Then again, Landon keeps himself in great condition, so it should be all good!!

C'mon, G's...KILL the Crapids!!

L.A. Galaxy - 4-Time & Back-to-Back MLS Cup Champions!!

Brady Hoke - returning U-M to glory...Go, Blue!

USA Soccer - Don't Tread On Us!

 

Colombia - returning to the World Cup after 16-year hiatus!


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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:26 AM

Is it me or is Mastroeni cross-eyed?
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Looks like a crooked nose to me. Perhaps it has been knocked around so much it doesn't know what straight is. :pint:

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:46 AM

All I know is that if that was me, I'd totally ask them to take another picture.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 02:40 AM

no worries Isaac, it's still a good read.

I didn’t really like Magee on the left wing in the 1st game.
Hope Jordan gets to play more than in the 1st game.

Otherwise I’m just looking forward to game 2 of the season...

Too early to make any judgments with solid arguments.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 10:22 AM

If we're going to play a "kid" on the left wing (at least until Eddie gets back) I'd prefer we start Kyle Patterson. The idea of starting 4 rookies (Omar, Sean, AJ and Kyle) is sickening, but in the minutes he played Kyle gave the ball away a lot less often than Bryan usually does, and he set up Landon's second goal.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 03:51 PM

This is a team that the G's can beat, so I expect a 2-2 draw.

Patterson starting over Magee is an interesting thought, but I can't see Bruce changing much in the starting lineup.

Speedster Omar Cummings should pose an interesting challenge for the G's "Old Man and The Kid" centerback duo.

Colorado is also the team where Ty "The quitter" Harden resurfaced this season...

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