Today's match between the LA Galaxy and Montreal Impact was supposed to take place on April 6th, back when the Galaxy were unbeaten (2-0-2) and the season was mostly potential. Moved due to the Galaxy's CONCACAF Champions League commitment, it now places an inter-conference match in the middle of the stretch run. It's LA's match in hand on their Western Conference counterparts, and the result will go a long way in determining if LA get to battle for a top three finish or are simply battling for a wildcard spot.
The Impact traveled without defender Nesta, midfielder Davy Arnaud, and defender Matteo Ferrari. Who the Galaxy will have up top to exploit that hole at center back is a bit of a mystery, with Landon Donovan's status an unknown. It is known that Robbie Keane is unavailable, so one of Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean will have to start. The Galaxy may or may not have the services of Omar Gonzalez, so their own defensive situation is a mystery until starting lineups are announced. They'll definitely be without goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
Every single mlssoccer.com editor is taking LA in this one, and they're picking Zardes to score. Certainly Zardes showed well against the Chivas USA defense, and it's likely he'll get a chance to work in space against Montreal's backup center backs.
Both teams need three points badly, so expect some fireworks on the pitch. What's your prediction?