Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. at StubHub Center
TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Deportes/LAGalaxy.com, ESPN Deportes
The Galaxy host the Portland for the first time since the Timbers got a 5-2 win over L.A. last October in Carson that propelled them to their first MLS Cup in franchise history. On Oct. 18 the Timbers poured five goals in during the second half to hand L.A. just its second home loss of the year. Portland went undefeated in its next seven games (five wins and two draws) and hoisted the MLS Cup at the end of the year.
“We owe them,” forward Alan Gordon said. “We let them in and they took advantage and won a championship off this game.”
While Portland turned its season around for a win, Gordon lamented that the Galaxy’s season went the other way. L.A. lost the next two MLS games including the knockout round loss to Seattle.
But not everyone on the team shares Gordon’s desire for revenge. Head coach Bruce Arena said he hasn’t watched tape of the last game and doesn’t plan to talk about the game with his players.
“The game’s over,” forward Gyasi Zardes said. “All that’s on my mind is we’ve got a game Sunday.”
Forward Giovani dos Santos will likely play for the first time since he suffered a muscle strain in his left quad in the season opener. Midfielder Steven Gerrard is out with a left calf strain, and forward Robbie Keane is still out after knee surgery last week. Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy are working their ways back on the field after both started in Friday’s Galaxy II game.
A capacity crowd is expected for the game, so plan accordingly.