The (4-13-6) Galaxy, losers of nine of their last 10 games, have Joe Cannon in goal as usual.
Quavas Kirk is a late switch for Kelly Gray at right back, who was scheduled to replace Chris Klein, who slots into midfield today. The rest of the back four – Ty Harden, Troy Roberts and Mike Randolph – is unchanged.
Klein lines up in midfield alongside Kevin Harmse, Cobi Jones and second round draft pick Josh Tudela, with Landon Donovan moved up to forward to partner Alan Gordon.
Honduran Carlos Pavon, who Coach Frank Yallop probably never wants to see starting at forward again, is on the bench as any international striker with two goals in 12 MLS games should be. Full back Ante Jazic and Pete Vagenas are also potential subs.
FC Dallas sees Alan Yi come in to replace the suspended Clarance Goodson at the back, while Dax McCarty starts in midfield for the injured Pablo Ricchetti.
Abe Thompson drops to the bench in attack, with Dominic Oduro coming in to partner former Galaxy striker Carlos Ruiz.
Ominously, Ruiz has nine goals in his last 12 games and five in his last seven MLS outings, including a brace in Dallas’ 4-2 loss last Saturday to New England.
That doesn’t bode well for MLS’ worst team, who have seven games left to pull off a major miracle and make the playoffs.
The Crew’s win Saturday against Toronto means Dallas (12-9-4) can’t clinch a playoff spot today, but since they occupy the fifth playoff spot that’s just a matter of time.
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Also, Klein is at right back after all, with Kirk in right midfield.