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LA Galaxy at Colorado Rapids preview: Marcelo Sarvas out

The LA Galaxy are in Commerce City today to take on the Colorado Rapids at 6:00 Pacific, but they'll be without a key starter as Marcelo Sarvas suffered an injury in training and could be out for several weeks.

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Omar Gonzalez subbed out with knee injury

The LA Galaxy lost Omar Gonzalez for the second half of their match against the Colorado Rapids after Gonzalez suffered an injury to his left knee. The move was reported as precautionary by LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano. Gonzalez was shown holding the knee after the incident, but he did complete the half under his own power.

Gonzalez was replaced by Kofi Opare. More info as we get it...

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LA vs. Colorado: Starting XI and Open Thread

The LA Galaxy have announced their starting lineup for tonight's match against the Colorado Rapids, and it features Rob Friend starting in place of the injured Marcelo Sarvas. The diamond shape is maintained, with Landon Donovan dropping back to be the right central midfielder behind central attacking midfielder Stefan Ishizaki.

Leonardo retains his spot on the LA Galaxy back-line despite some fans calling for his head after the mistakes he made against the Vancouver Whitecaps last time out. With only one change, this lineup should function similarly to the way the Galaxy have since Todd Dunivant went out with injury.

The final update on the injury front is Robbie Rogers returning to the match day 18. Looking at the available attackers on the bench, he's got a pretty strong case to come in as a substitute baring the need for a defensive replacement. Coming back from injury and facing a road trip, Bruce Arena wouldn't bring him along just to see the Rocky Mountains; glorious though they may be.

Colorado Rapids Starting XI: Irwin; Klute, Moor, Wynne, Burch; Serna, LaBrocca, Jose Mari, Hairston; Sanchez, Brown

Colorado Rapids bench: Piermayr, Buddle, Torres, Berner, Hill, Eloundou, O'Neill

The Rapids are full of old friends, with Pablo Mastroeni currently calling the shots. His match day eighteen includes Edson Buddle, but he's only available as a substitute.

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Marcelo Sarvas replacement: Zardes or Rogers?

Tonight against the Colorado Rapids the LA Galaxy will be without the services of Marcelo Sarvas, who for the last few weeks has been playing a right central midfielder role in the LA Galaxy's diamond. The front runners to replace him are Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Rogers, and which one gets the nod will have an affect on the shape LA takes against Colorado.

Zardes has gotten one start and two substitute appearances this season. He started as a right midfielder, and in his substitute appearances LA reverted to a standard 4-4-2 when Zardes came onto the pitch. In the opener against Salt Lake, Landon Donovan operated on the opposite side of the midfield.

Were the Galaxy to go with Zardes, they could have Stefan Ishizaki as the opposite wide midfielder and keep Landon Donovan up top. That's the only way to keep both Ishizaki and Baggio Husidic on the pitch, and the two of them have been the best two midfielders for LA.

The other option is to do a one to one swap bringing in Robbie Rogers to replace the injured Marcelo Sarvas. He's had his rehab stint and should be ready to go, but his long slate of injuries has him still an unknown. Rogers would bring an option for free kicks, as Donovan has struggled as the free kick taker this season. He'd also allow LA to keep the shape that had them go unbeaten through the month of April.

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Match preview: Marcelo Sarvas out with injury

The LA Galaxy are in Commerce City today to take on the Colorado Rapids at 6:00 Pacific, but they'll be without a key starter as Marcelo Sarvas suffered an injury in training and could be out for several weeks.

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