Galaxy vs. Sporting: Game Thread as LA Sets to Face Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 05: Defender Frankie Hejduk #6 of the Los Angeles Galaxy reacts after Sean Franklin #5 scored against the 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)

KANSAS CITY, Kan -- The LA Galaxy are all set to open up MLS road play against Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Park. David Beckham did not make the trip to Kansas City, but Landon Donovan is back in the starting XI. Michael Stephens gets his first start of the year in place of Beckham. Otherwise, it's more of the same lineup the Galaxy have used all March.

Two quick notes from Opta Jack. Edson Buddle has committed more fouls, 18 total (including offside), than any other player in MLS 2012. Also worth noting, Sporting KC have the highest possession percentage in MLS so far this season. Lack of control vs. control.

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LA Galaxy Subs: Kempin, Harrington, Olum, Nagamura, Sassano, Peterson, Bunbury


Sporting KC Subs: Gaudette, Boyens, Jordan, Sarvas,Nakazawa, Noonan, Barrett

Match Day: 5

Where: Livestrong Park - Kansas City, Kan

Game Time: 1:00 pm

TV/Radio: ESPN(eng)

Series History: All-Time (50 meetings): Galaxy 22 wins (0 shootout), 54 goals ... Revolution 17 wins (2 shootout), 47goals ... Ties 11

Beer of the Day: Red Trolly Ale

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