Colorado Rapids-Galaxy at Home Depot Center

Good evening from sparsely populated Home Depot Center, where the power of the U.S. Open Cup apparently fails to match the draw of the Lakers (surprise, surprise).

As usual for the U.S. Open Cup, both teams are exploring their respective depth charts.

The Galaxy, missing both Landon Donovan and David Beckham for the first time this season, makes five changes to their starting 11.

Long-term injury victims Ante Jazic and Carlos Ruiz are back in defense and attack respectively, while veteran Pete Vagenas also returns.

Coach Ruud Gullit opts for a three-man attack, with Edson Buddle and Alan Gordon alongside Ruiz.

Rookie Ely Allen is in midfield.

The Rapids have just three holdovers from their weekend game: Kosuke Kimura, Colin Clark and Nick LaBrocca.

Conor Casey makes his first start of the season in attack, while former Chivas USA goalkeeper Preston Burpo makes a start. Rafael Gomes also makes his first start of the season in defense.

The Rapids left six starters at home including Pablo Mastroeni and Ugo Ihemelu.

Herculez Gomez is on the bench.

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