THE HOME DEPOT CENTER
7 pm PT (UPN)
Once again the Los Angeles Galaxy are returning home after an extended road stretch, hoping their still new digs in Carson will reverse a long winless streak. The Galaxy didn't win in more than a month away from Victoria Street, drawing three times and losing once in league play, while also being dumped out of the U.S. Open Cup by second-division opposition. But they face a Columbus Crew team that hasn't lost since June, winning two and drawing four in their second-longest unbeaten run of the year (having earlier gone on a seven-match stretch).
REFEREE: Michael Kennedy. SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Fabio Tovar; 4th: Ramon Hernandez
MLS Career: 54 games; FC/gm: 33.4; Y/gm: 4.2; R: 9; pens: 22
Games involving Galaxy: P9 W7 L0 T2; FC/gm: 33.2; Y/gm: 4.3; R: 2; pens: 6
Games involving Crew: P10 W5 L2 T3; FC/gm: 32.8; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 2; pens: 0
INJURY REPORT: LOS ANGELES GALAXY -QUESTIONABLE: DF Danny Califf (L torn meniscus); FW Joseph Ngwenya (L Achilles tendonitis); PROBABLE: MD Peter Vagenas (R groin strain) ... COLUMBUS CREW - OUT: DF Stephen Herdsman (L groin strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CLB: Erick Scott (Costa Rica Olympic team)
SUSPENDED: LA: Chris Albright (through Aug. 14); Ryan Suarez (through Aug. 14)
YELLOW PERIL: LA: Paul Broome (20 CP); Carlos Ruiz (20 CP); Marcelo Saragosa (20 CP)
ALL-TIME (21 meetings): Galaxy 8 wins (0 shootout), 28 goals ... Crew 9 wins (3 shootout), 28 goals ... 3 draws
IN LOS ANGELES (12 meetings): Galaxy 7 wins (0 shootout), 17 goals ... Crew 5 wins (2 shootout), 14 goals ... 0 draws
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
The Los Angeles Galaxy saw their winless skein run to four games - though losing for the first time in that run - in a 3-0 loss to the MetroStars last Sunday at the Meadowlands. Still, the Galaxy remained in first place in the Western Conference and in the MLS overall table, with 33 points from 21 matches, one ahead of both the Kansas City Wizards and MetroStars.
The Columbus Crew extended their unbeaten run to six matches - though they've won just twice in that period - with a 2-2 draw away to New England Revolution last weekend in their first match after the All-Star break. The Crew remain in second place in the Eastern Conference with 25 points from 18 matches, but now lead D.C. United by a single point and trail the MetroStars by seven - though they have two matches in hand over the entire conference.