The LA Galaxy have announced their lineup for their midday match against the New England Revolution, and if you've been following along you'll be able to see Bruce Arena's thinking. He's gone with Donovan up top because the Homegrown players perform better partnered with a veteran. This means Michael Stephens and Hector Jimenez on the wings. Todd Dunivant remains out with a lingering injury.
This is Donovan's first start up top since returning from his sabbatical, though he has moved up top in a number of matches. He'll impart veteran wisdom on Gyasi Zardes, who hopefully can take that mentoring and continue to find good spots in the attack area.
Michael Stephens and Hector Jimenez on the wings isn't ideal, but Stephens has shown signs of improvement. Todd Dunivant remains out of the lineup with a lingering injury.
LA Galaxy subs: Rowe, Opare, Gaul, Garcia, Rogers, Rugg, Villarreal
NE Revs lineup: Shuttleworth, Tierney, Goncalves (c), McCarthy, Farrell, Fagundez, Nguyen, Caldwell, Toja, Sene, Agudelo
For the Revs, Saer Sene makes his first MLS start since tearing his ACL last August. He went 45 minutes in the Revs' US Open Cup win. New England is going on a full year without fielding an unchanged starting eleven. Agudelo will likely roam up top on his own.
NE Revs bench: Reis, Cisse, Barrett, Rowe, Dorman, Barnes, Bengtson
New England Designated Player Jerry Bengston on the bench.