The MLS schedule takes a break this weekend for the final qualifying rounds of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The U.S. play their final two qualifiers, although they are already through to Brazil, of course.
More on the U.S. status is in this week’s column, which was written before the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez withdrew from the U.S. roster this morning because of a strained hip sustained in Sunday’s SuperClasico. The injury could be a blessing in disguise for the Galaxy: it means the dominating defender could be available for next Wednesday’s visit by the Montreal Impact.
Michael Orozco replaces him on the U.S. squad.