This afternoon the LA Galaxy will kick off against Chivas USA, without Robbie Keane who is on international duty with the Irish national team. How this will affect the shape of the team is the subject of some debate, as Keane's talents aren't easily replicated by any of the personnel on the bench.
The game notes see Donovan starting up top with Friend, but that seems like a mistake. Friend hasn't done much of anything this season beside fall down, and despite Samuel showing flashes of what he can do he's still better served as a super sub. The right choice may actually be Chandler Hoffman, who has been white hot with LA Galaxy II and deserves a chance to see if he can do it at the senior level.
Behind the forwards, the big question is whether Marcelo Sarvas is ready to go a full ninety. It'd be great to see him over Kenney Walker, who's been serviceable in injury duty.
The final big question is what to do with Robbie Rogers. He certainly played his way into more playing time last match, but does that push Dan Gargan back to the bench? Bruce Arena could push Rogers back into the midfield, certainly the Baggio Husidic of the last month won't be missed. Don't really know where, but I expect Rogers to start for the Galaxy this evening.
Enough from me, what's your prediction for this evening's starting lineup?