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Four Star Matchday: The Time is Now

The youngsters on the LA Galaxy had an opportunity with Landon Donovan on sabbatical, and with Donovan on Gold Cup duty they have another chance to prove their necessity.


With the LA Galaxy set to take on the Columbus Crew this evening, in a celebration of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence commonly known as Independence Day, Let's take a look at some match previews, from Scott French at MLS Soccer and from the Columbus Dispatch:

  • Scott French focuses on the opportunity for the LA Galaxy's young attackers. This question was also posed to Donovan when he returned from his sabbatical, that Jack McBean and Jose Villarreal were able to break out with Donovan away. Arena hasn't really fallen into a rhythm yet with Donovan starting next to Keane and in the midfield almost interchangeably. It'll be interesting to see if Donovan's departure means Gyasi Zardes in the midfield and either Villarreal or McBean up top, or if the youngsters will stick to forward and LA slots one of Michael Stephens or Hector Jimenez in the midfield. Either way, it's an opportunity for a number of young players to step up.
  • In Columbus, the focus is still on Robbie Rogers; as it was in San Jose. As Rogers won an MLS Cup with the Crew, it's a significant moment. Nine players from the 2011 Crew team are still on the roster, though Rogers says in the article that most of his friends from the Crew have moved on.