The LA Galaxy are set to take on the San Jose Earthquakes in another edition of the California Clasico, this time on the road. The Galaxy have gone 20 days without an MLS match, but Bruce Arena has made several changes to the lineup that drew 1-1 to Chivas USA.
Robbie Keane's return from international duty is the biggest change, partnering up top with Gyasi Zardes. Landon Donovan retains his role as central attacking midfielder, but Baggio Husidic replaces Juninho as defensive midfielder. The Brazilian is available off the bench.
The back line underwent a change as well from last time out, Arena choosing to start both of the youngsters over Leonardo. Tommy Meyer and Kofi Opare partner together, bracketed by Robbie Rogers and Dan Gargan. A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, and Juninho are all available off the bench so presumably no injury concerns are in play.
The LA Galaxy are riding a streak of seven MLS matches allowing a single goal. They are 2-2-3 over that period for nine points.
With the United States moving onto the round of 16, the Earthquakes are without Chris Wondolowski while the Galaxy are without Omar Gonzalez. The Quakes had a brief two match win streak which they lost in their last MLS game against Toronto; it was their only trek of consecutive wins this season.