Lovely night for soccer here at Home Depot Center where there’s a slight breeze and a temperature of 67 degrees.
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena has opted for a 4-3-3 formation, perhaps in search of more firepower up front against the expansion Union, who are ahead of only winless D.C. United (who lost again today) in the Eastern Conference.
The three-striker front line gives Alan Gordon an opportunity for his first start since Aug. 15, 2009.
Mike Magee is missing with tightness in his right hip as a precautionary measure with two road games in four days looming next week.
That’s the only change to the team that earned a fourth shutout in five games in what Arena observed was an “ugly” 0-0 draw in kansas City.
Galaxy XI: Ricketts, DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Berhalter, Dunivant, Stephens, Birchall, Juninho, Buddle, Gordon, Donovan.
Clint Mathis, by the way, is on the bench, the first time he has dressed for a game this season.
UCLA product Kyle Nakazawa of Palos Verdes Estates is out for the Union because of illness in his first trip back to the South Bay as a pro.
The Union has top scorer Sebastien Le Toux out through injury, so Brazilian Fred moves up from midfield to partner former Galaxy forward Alejandro Moreno up front.
Former Galaxy defender Danny Califf starts in defense for the Union, which also has ex-Galaxy man Stefani Miglioranzi in midfield.
The games is live on Fox Sports West.