Given how much muscle Brian Rowe was able to flex this week, and since he's the only keeper other than Cudicini to start a competitive match for the Galaxy, it feels safe moving him up to no. 2. He made eight saves to keep Real Salt Lake off the board, and impressive achievement. It's likely Cudicini will be back this weekend, but I'm not assuming for now that Perk is the match day bench keeper automatically.
Well, Leonardo's red card sure shook things up, and perhaps for the better as the old center back pairing of Gonzalez and DeLaGarza looks to be sticking around for awhile. Leonardo and Tommy Meyer will have to settle for being reserve team stars for the moment. In the reserve match against RSL Opare played with Leonardo at center back with Meyer at full back, but that's likely just to get everyone minutes, though it's interesting to see if Meyer could be an option at right back.
Franklin has reclaimed his spot on the back line, with Donovan and Magee taking over the wide midfielder spots. Even with Donovan out, Arena chose to go with Jimenez in the midfield rather than move Franklin up and start Tommy Meyer. We'll see if Arena sticks with the 2012 back line or reverts back. This is certainly an awful lot of lineup changing for a team currently in good form. Depth showing up nicely. She wrote in a paragraph about a position without any depth.
Cochrane has done well substituting for Todd Dunivant, another good draft find by Bruce Arena. Gaul started in the reserve match, but may have ben Wally Pipped as Dunivant's back-up.
Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas have been so solid in the middle, but they can't play 3,000 minutes this year or their legs will fall off. Still, they carry on. Garcia and Walker started in the middle in the reserve match, with Garcia starting to assert his right as the backup on center midfield issues.
Right Wide Midfielder
Dare we say Jimenez played well last weekend starting in place of an injured Landon Donovan. Stephens is the ultimate insert-midfielder-here type, starting wherever needed but he started on the right mid spot for the reserve match. If Donovan can't go Sunday, I'd expect Jimenez to start again.
Left Wide Midfielder
Colin Clark sure has fallen like a stone. He was available off the bench on Saturday, but I almost couldn't imagine a situation where he got in. Mike Magee is doing well here, it allows him to play up on the wing and mix in with the forwards.
The Galaxy's depth at forward is showing, with players suffering knocks and recovering from knocks and still the Galaxy looking solid at the position. Raul Mendiola got some time at forward in the reserve match, coming in for Zardes, and rumors have him getting a contract sometime soon. McBean is almost definitely out, so we could see Villarreal-Keane, and if Keane can't go I wouldn't be surprised to see Villarreal-Rugg.