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LA Galaxy predicted starting XI vs Montreal Impact

Another new starting lineup? Yes, another one.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Predicted starting XI.
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After a major disappointment on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps last Saturday night, the only major chance you should expect would be the starting goalkeeper.

The LA Galaxy return home Friday as they take on the Montreal Impact, with the scheduled kickoff set for 7:30 PM PST.

Goalkeeper: Brian Rowe

Third time’s the charm, right? Especially after Clement Diop’s errors last week, the 27-year-old goalkeeper should -SHOULD- be back in between the posts against the Montreal Impact.

Defense: Nathan Smith, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, Ashley Cole

You can’t really blame the goals on the back line. And with Smith the more capable defender over Rafael Garcia, you should not expect any changes to the defense.

Midfielders: Joao Pedro, Jermaine Jones

Joao Pedro and Jermaine Jones have been solid editions to the squad over last year’s midfield combination. While they perhaps do not provide a lot of offense, they do the dirty work in the middle of the park.

Attacking midfielders: Romain Alessandrini, Giovani dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng

Romain Alessandrini is showing why the Galaxy went and got him in January. His goal and assist gave LA a 2-1 lead in the opening half.

He’s starting to find his grove, and with the Galaxy nearly healthy, this could only be a good thing.

Forward: Gyasi Zardes

After coming on 15 minutes into the second half, Zardes is ready to get back into the starting XI. Will he play the full 90 minutes? That probably comes down to a couple of things: 1) the current in-game situation 2) his work rate throughout his time on the pitch.

If we’re in search of a goal late, we will probably keep Zardes on the pitch to have as many attackers on possible. Should the Galaxy be up a goal or two late, Jack McBean or Jose Villarreal will probably give Zardes a breather.