No. Gyasi Zardes. No Ashley Cole. No Jermaine Jones. No. Dave Romney. No Robbie Rogers.
Other than that, things are looking good for the Galaxy as they prepare for the second game of the season today against the Portland Timbers.
Jones and Romney were both hit with one-game suspensions and will miss today’s game.
Portland scored five goals in their season opener last week. The new-look Galaxy defense could be in a rough day.
Gameday preview: Shorthand Galaxy faces Portland
Did the bye week come at the right time for the Galaxy?
The true answer probably won’t be available until at least after today’s game at Houston (2 p.m.; Spectrum SportsNet). The Galaxy begins today in third place in the Western Conference on 48 points. There is the possibility that the club could end the day in fifth place.
If the Galaxy can clinch either third or fourth place, then they will host the knockout round game. If they’re fifth or sixth, then it is on the road as was the case last year.
“I don’t think we’ve lost any confidence,” Galaxy defender Daniel Steres said. “I think it helped having these two weeks to regroup, sort some things out, get together as a team and decide where we want to be in the next few months.”
To complicate matters, the Galaxy encountered travel issues out of LAX Saturday, with their plan being delayed several times.
Today is big.
Game day links:
Steven Gerrard dealing with hamstring injury; travels to Liverpool
Galaxy trying to put it together ahead of playoffs
Old acquaintances meet today with the Seattle Sounders in town to meet the Galaxy. This is the fourth meeting this year (including the Open Cup). The Galaxy is 2-0-1.
Seattle is seventh place in the Western Conference on 35 points. The Galaxy is tied with Colorado on 48. The Galaxy had a good night on Saturday without even playing as FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and Colorado all failed to pick up three points, settling for draws.
Can the Galaxy take advantage and move closer to the top spot?
The Galaxy tied with Colorado on 48 points, five behind FC Dallas. A victory today will give Galaxy sole possession of second place and clinch a playoff berth.
Game day links
Daniel Steres has helped solidify Galaxy defense
Galaxy focused on strong finish to regular season
After a dismal August that the club go winless, the Galaxy hope to kick off September with a coveted and much-needed three points with Columbus Crew SC in town tonight (7:30 p.m.; Time Warner Cable Sports Net).
Columbus is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Galaxy is in fifth in the Western Conference. Both teams are missing several players due to either international duty or injuries.
Who knows what tonight holds in store. See you there.
Game day links:
Nigel de Jong completes move to Turkey
Injury bug hits Galaxy this week
Struggling Galaxy near must-win mode tonight