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The absences list for the LA Galaxy going into the Sunday matchup with the San Jose Earthquakes continues to grow, and that makes predicting a starting lineup quite difficult. Landon Donovan and Dan Gargan are suspended with yellow card accumulation, and Jaime Penedo is still on international duty.

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The absences list for the LA Galaxy going into the Sunday matchup with the San Jose Earthquakes continues to grow, and that makes predicting a starting lineup quite difficult. Landon Donovan and Dan Gargan are suspended with yellow card accumulation, and Jaime Penedo is still on international duty. Couple this with the fact that Robbie Rogers and James Riley are coming back from injury while A.J. DeLaGarza is on family leave, and things get quite thin.

Robbie Rogers came in at halftime during the Montreal match, an emergency sub after a three man back line experiment was a bust. It is likely that Bruce Arena will start Rogers against San Jose, as he looked solid in forty-five minutes of duty. Without Dan Gargan, Bruce Arena will have to decide between letting James Riley make his first appearance back from injury or putting Tommy Meyer out at fullback.

The midfield is easier, with Ishizaki and Husidic starting at the outside midfield positions. Brian Rowe settled down greatly once they went back to a four man back line, so he should be fine in one more start. It might be fun to let Alan Gordon start against his former team, so it'll be interesting to see if Arena switches things up to get him in there.