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LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake: Starting Formation, lineups, and more

The LA Galaxy have changed their formation after the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Real Salt Lake. We'll see if it results in a change of form as well.


The LA Galaxy have mixed things up after the 5-0 loss to the New England Revolution. Not so much by personnel, but surprisingly Bruce Arena has elected to switch his formation to a 4-3-3. Not only that, but Carlo Cudicini isn't in the eighteen after giving up five goals last week.

football formations-Sweet mother of the sea it's a 4-3-3

I didn't think I'd see the day when Arena went to a 4-3-3. I suggested when Robbie Rogers was traded for Mike Magee that a 4-3-3 would be a good way to mix in Rogers and still have Donovan mixing it up top with Robbie Keane and one of the young forwards. Tonight, it means Donovan gets the freedom of roaming the wing while the two young forwards try to play off each other.

The only real change in the lineup from last week to this is removing Hector Jimenez and inserting Jose Villarreal. The Galaxy have updated their injury list, with Todd Dunivant (left quad strain), Leonardo (left ankle sprain), and Jack McBean (fractured left clavicle) all listed as out.

Leonardo's injury is certainly a surprise, but it means that central defender spot is Tommy Meyer's until Omar Gonzalez gets back. Hopefully he's improved his form his for since last week. Ditto goes for Greg Cochrane in place of Todd Dunivant.

LA Galaxy subs: Perk, Opare, Gaul, Garcia, Jimenez, Rogers, Rugg