A chilly evening here in Carson with the marine layer that has engulfed the coastal South Bay threatening to encroach a little further inland here at the stadium (don’t let anyone tell you the beaches of Southern California are particularly warm in May and June).
There’s two changes for the Galaxy tonight.
Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is out with a hyper-extended right elbow suffered in training Tuesday, so Josh Saunders replaces him between the posts for his first MLS appearance since MLS Cup 2009.
Also, Juninho returns from injury, while veteran Chris Klein heads to the bench and Bryan Jordan retains his place at full back with A.J. DeLaGarza still out with back spasms.
Galaxy XI: Saunders, Jordan, Gonzalez, Berhalter, Dunivant, Stephens, Birchall, Juninho, Kirovski, Buddle, Donovan.
Preki returns to Home Depot Center for the first time since parting ways with Chivas USA; UCLA product Chad Barrett and Dwayne De Rosario lead the attack.
The game is on FSN.
Incidentally, I’ll blog more on this later, but Chivas USA lost to Columbus 1-0 earlier today, Justin Braun wrecking what looked like a hard-won road point in an entertaining game by giving up a silly penalty in the 89th minute.
A late change for Toronto – midfielder Julian de Guzman has
what we believe is a left hamstring problem he originally tweaked against Montreal Wednesday and Martin Saric takes his place in the starting XI.