After the LA Galaxy's 1-0 Reserve League victory in Portland yesterday, it's time to take a look at the club's depth once again. Bruce Arena has used the same lineup the last three times out, so it's good to check in with those outside the XI and see how they're doing. There were a things of note to take away from the reserve victory:
1. Carlo Cudicini, 2. Brian Perk, 3. Brian Rowe
Brian Perk has been in a bad way. He had to wear a scrum cap starting for the Galaxy in this last reserve match because of a concussion he suffered in the last reserve match against the Blues. Then he took a ball to the face in the match and couldn't stop bleeding. The fact that he started shows he's jumped back in front of Rowe on the depth chart, but we'll see if Perk has to take injury time again. A ball to the face while trying to recover from concussion symptoms is no joke.
1. Omar Gonzalez, 2. A.J. DeLaGarza, 3.Tommy Meyer, 4. Leonardo
Not much change at center back. After an early part of the season full of turmoil, the old center back pairing of Gonzalez and DeLaGarza has been reestablished so Meyer and Leonardo are jostling for emergency duty. Meyer started when Gonzalez went out on international duty, so it seems Leonardo has fallen far after earning a starting spot to begin the year.
1. Sean Franklin, 2. Oscar Sorto, 3. Kofi Opare
Despite Sorto and Opare both getting time at right back during the Galaxy reserve match, I still think a Sean Franklin injury would result in DeLaGarza going out wide. Sorto and Opare are playing for a future down the line.
1. Todd Dunivant, 2. Greg Cochrane 3. Bryan Gaul (Hammarby)
Todd Dunivant has been able to stay healthy, and when he's not Cochrane is his backup. Bryan Gaul has gone from heir apparent to training with Hammarby hoping for a loan deal.
1. Juninho, 2. Marcelo Sarvas, 3. Pablo Mastroeni, 4. Rafael Garcia, 5. Kenney Walker (Hammarby)
Juninho has racked up more minutes than anyone else on the club, and Marcelo Sarvas is right behind him. Sarvas fouls at a fairly high rate, which resulted in a yellow card suspension, so Garcia has gotten a chance to get some first team minutes. Mastroeni has provided relief since coming over from Colorado, no surprise that Walker had to go overseas to get some experience in.
Right Wide Midfielder
1. Landon Donovan (USMNT), 2. Hector Jimenez, 3. Michael Stephens
Hector Jimenez is having the step up season that many hoped he would. With Donovan on international duty he has shown improvement over his last stint with the starting squad. His pass completion rate is up, and he's good for creating a shot opportunity in the box once a match. That's unfortunate news for Stephens.
Left Wide Midfielder
1. Robbie Rogers, 2. Colin Clark, 3. Laurent Courtois (trial)
Adam Serrano came out of the reserve match impressed with Courtois. He went 45 minutes, and expects to be offered a contract at the end of all this. How that would shake things up at the winger positions is a fair question. Colin Clark has been getting first team minutes again, with Rogers not 90 minutes fit, but he's certainly a moveable piece if Arena wants to bring Courtois onboard.
1. Robbie Keane, 2. Gyasi Zardes, 3. Jose Villarreal, 4. Jack McBean, 5. Chandler Hoffman, 6. Charlie Rugg (Hammarby)
Zardes has rocketed up the depth chart since recovering from his early season injury. Although now there are calls for him to get some rest and think about his free shooting ways, the starting position next to Keane appears to be his until further notice. Villarreal did score the match winner off a free kick in the reserve match, so maybe there will be some shuffle next week. Hoffman is buried down the depth chart, but he has to pull himself up with some dominant performances with the reserves. Charlie Rugg is even more so buried, thus he's overseas.