|PROBABLE LINEUPS||LA Galaxy (4-2-3-1): Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Meyer, Dunivant; Jimenez, Keat, Sarvas, Cardozo; Barrett, Keane.|
OUT: FW Adam Cristman (concussion); DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); MF Bryan Jordan (L hamstring strain); DF Leonardo (R knee surgery); MF Kyle Nakazawa (tonsillectomy); MF Jose Villarreal (bilateral lower leg surgery)
|D.C. United (4-4-1-1): Willis; Russell, Jakovic, McDonald, Woolard; Pontius, Saragosa, Boskovic, Najar; De Rosario; Salihi.|
OUT: MF Kurt Morsink (L foot neurectomy); DF Ethan White (R knee inflammation)
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After going unbeaten in all competitive home games in 2011 and conceding two goals only once, the Galaxy lost back-to-back home games to open 2012 and shipped five goals in the process. They fell 3-1 to Real Salt Lake in their MLS season opener before going down 2-1 to Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League – a result that knocked them out of that competition 4-3 on aggregate.
D.C. nearly rode a stellar performance from Bill Hamid to a scoreless draw in its season opener against Sporting Kansas City, but fell 1-0 after a late C.J. Sapong winner.
United will be at a disadvantage thanks to Olympic qualifying, with Hamid, Perry Kitchen and Andy Najar all playing for their national teams. The Galaxy will lose Michael Stephens to qualifying.
The game pits MLS’s two most most successful teams against each other, with United having won four MLS Cups and the Galaxy three, including the 2011 title.
Los Angeles and D.C. drew in both of their 2011 encounters, with a 1-1 result on the East Coast and a 0-0 result on the West. The two ties extended D.C.’s winless streak against Los Angeles to seven games.
Edson Buddle marked his return to MLS by scoring the lone Galaxy goal in the loss to Real Salt Lake. Buddle – who scored nine goals across 2011 for Ingolstadt 04 of Germany’s second division – joins a talented attacking corps including Designated Players David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.