LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Lineups and Match Thread

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The LA Galaxy bring Mastroeni into the starting lineup for the first time since acquiring him from Colorado. He replaces Robbie Rogers, while Jose Villarreal starts up top for Robbie Keane.

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Lots of changes in the LA Galaxy starting lineup tonight, with Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, and Robbie Rogers all absent from the eighteen man roster. The back line remains the same, but Mastroeni comes in replace Rogers. He's starting in the middle, pushing Marcelo Sarvas out to a wing position.

If Juninho steps up to be the one telling youngsters Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes where to go, that means Mastroeni has to be the defensive presence in the middle. Sarvas has shown well lately in the middle, making runs on balls in the penalty area.

Tough break for Perk, who took a ball to the face in the Galaxy's reserve match in Portland. Keane's absence has been expected. Still awaiting word on Robbie Rogers.

LA Galaxy subs: Rowe, Meyer, Cochrane, Garcia, Stephens, Courtois, McBean

Laurent Courtois makes the match day roster and can make his first LA Galaxy appearance. The rest of the subs are essentially the same.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC XI: 18.Knighton; 12.Lee, 3.Rusin, 16.Leveron, 2.Harvey; 13.Reo-Coker, 27.Davidson, 28.Koffie; 31.Teibert, 7.Sanvezzo, 9.Miller

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Subs: 22.Ousted, 8.Watson, 26.Hertzog, 14.Kobayashi, 23.Manneh, 29.Heinemann, 32.Klazura

First appearance for Teibert since June 29th vs. DC United. He's been away at Gold Cup, and battling an illness this week.

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