MARINA DEL REY, CA - JULY 21: Roberto Mancini coach of Manchester City (L) and Bruce Arena coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy (R) look on as players Gareth Barry #6 of Manchester City (2L) and Juan Pablo Angel #9 of Los Angeles Galaxy exchange their shirts after a news conference on July 21, 2011 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
When the Galaxy take on Manchester City at the Home Depot Center this afternoon, they'll be facing a team close to the one that one the FA Cup last May. City's road to the cup came on three consecutive 1-0 victories, Roberto Mancini's bread and butter. It's unlikely things will change despite these changes:
|Stefan Savic||Carlos Tevez|
|Gael Clichy||Jerome Boateng|
Savic just signed July 6th for six million pounds, while Gael Clichy who had 187 appearances for Arsenal, just signed on July 4th for around seven million pounds. The left back strengthens an already strong back line. Jerome Boateng didn't like playing out of position, and will likely be much happier at Bayern Munich. Shay Given was replaced by Joe Hart back in 2010. Which leave Carlos Tevez as the only real hole City has yet to fill.
Which means the Galaxy will be facing a team they can recognize, a great defensive effort but the goals have to come from the midfield. We all know the Galaxy have the midfielders to do just that with Landon Donovan, David Beckham, and Juninho. If Vancouver can keep Man City off the scoresheet until late in the second half, certainly the LA Galaxy can match or beat that feat.
Kickoff: 1:00 pm