The LA Galaxy played their second match this morning against a top flight professional club, and as was the case against Real Salt Lake, the proceedings were more conservative than the free scoring matches against amateur and third division talent. The match ended in a nil-nil draw, with some starters going the full ninety minutes.
Jack McBean and Mike Magee pairing up top again as Robbie Keane deals with a death in the family. Michael Stephens looks like he's asserting himself at the outside back position. This is the first time this preseason that we've seen the regular Fantastic Four in their usual positions.
When I post my updated pre-season depth chart before the open scrimmage against Club Tijuana, Stephens will jump Hector Jimenez. My goal is for this to be a who's hot chart that can be used for predicting upcoming lineups, like a barometer. Which means yes, the ghost of Landon Donovan is losing match fitness.
Here's the lineup the LA Galaxy trotted out for their scrimmage against Gangwon FC: Cudicini; Franklin Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Dunivant; Clark, Sarvas, Juninho, Stephens; McBean, Magee
These were the halftime subs: Rafael Garcia for Marcelo Sarvas; Leonardo for AJ DeLaGarza
Second half subs: Charlie Rugg 64' for McBean; Hector Jimenez 72' for Juninho; Paul Arriola 88' for Stephens
I'll post my guess for the lineup against Xolos when I update the depth chart on Monday. I imagine we'll see that run as more of a friendly than a scrimmage, with extended subs but several players getting full match minutes. With the MLS season right around the corner, it's time for players to prove they're in ninety minute match shape.
This shouldn't come as a surprise, but the chance of Landon Donovan playing in the Galaxy home opener is essentially nonexistent. Unless he's playing secret soccer in a secret league somewhere.