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LA Galaxy vs. Columbus Crew: Lineup and analysis

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The LA Galaxy make just one change, bringing in Hector Jimenez for Landon Donovan who is off on international duty. It should be a tight match, with neither side having an area of significant advantage.

Jamie Sabau
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With Landon Donovan on international duty, the only change for the LA Galaxy is having Hector Jimenez start in Donovan's place on the flank. Without my even saying it, if you've been reading my work long enough, you know this is a significant dip in distribution for the Galaxy meaning Juninho and especially Robbie Rogers are going to have to step up for LA tonight

Hopefully tonight Keane will take Zardes by the hand and also encourage him to shoot less. Treat every possession like it's the last one a soccer footballer will ever have in the history of all humanity.

Crew Starting XI: Gruenebaum; Williams, Marshall, O'Rourke, Barson; Anor, Sanchez, George, Speas; Higuain, Oduro

Ben Speas starts for Jairo Arrieta who's off on Gold Cup duty for Costa Rica.

LA Galaxy subs: Perk, Meyer, Clark, Mastroeni, Stephens, McBean, Villarreal

No surprises on the LA Galaxy bench. Jose Villarreal returns from international duty.

Crew Bench: Lampson, Warzycha, Gehrig, Tchani, Finlay, Wahl, Schoenfeld

Will Trapp, returning from the same competition, is not in the eighteen.

TV: Time Warner Cable Sportsnet

Kickoff: 7:30

The only thing the Who Scored? match forecast lists is that the Crew will dominate in the air. The Galaxy counterattack has been downgraded to strong, while they're facing a team with a very strong counter attack. It'll be a tight one.