KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 05: Forward Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy moves the ball up field against Sporting Kansas City during the second half on September 5, 2011 at LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
CARSON, Calif -- The LA Galaxy are all set to fly off to face Sporting Kansas City, taking their first road trip of the 2012 MLS season. While the Galaxy are coming off their second home defeat of the year, Sporting KC are perfect on the year going 4-0-0 including a win at The Home Depot Center on Sunday against Chivas USA. They have an MLS best 12 points, and have outscored opponents 7-1. They are 2-0-0 at home this season, with wins over FC Dallas and New England.
Landon Donovan, who missed Saturday's loss to New England with left quad tightness, is listed as questionable and practiced with the team today. Adam Cristman, Pat Noonan, and Bryan Jordan: all listed as questionable, played in the Galaxy's reserve league match on Monday.
LA has lost just once in their last six matches against Kansas City, going 1-1-4 in that time with the victory a 4-1 result last May at The Home Depot Center where Landon Donovan notched a brace and David Beckham added a late goal from a free kick. Still this year tends to relish in thwarting trends, with New England getting their first win west of the Mississippi in two and a half years against the Galaxy last week.
The Galaxy drew Kansas City in their first and only game at Livestrong Park. Sean Franklin managed the brace to keep the match level. It was one of five road draws for the Galaxy last year, who finished 7-5-5 on the road.
Since the start of the 2006 season, the Galaxy are 3-1-2 in their first road match of the season with wins in each of the last two years. Last year the team opened up the year in Seattle with a 1-0 victory in the rain on artificial turf. The year before, an Edson Buddle brace gave the Galaxy a 2-0 victory in Houston.