Look ahead to Houston: LA Galaxy set for rematch of last two MLS Cups against Houston Dynamo

05 May 2:52 pm

Look ahead to Houston: LA Galaxy set for rematch of last two MLS Cups against Houston Dynamo

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy will take on the Houston Dynamo in Sunday's Cinco de Mayo clash at The Home Depot Center.

A few links, match ups to watch and my predicted lineup is below...

*LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's update on LA's injured quartet of Carlo Cudicini, Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Robbie Keane, who all missed LA's game against RSL last week

*Speaking of Arena, here are his thoughts on his counterpart on Sunday, Houston Dynamo boss Dominic Kinnear.

*The Dynamo will be without Brad Davis because of a red card suspension while LA will be without Jack McBean due to injury. However, Carlo Cudicini seems ready to go

*Can Jose Villarreal parlay a successful U.S. U-20 camp into a start for LA?

*Injuries to Robbie Keane and Todd Dunivant have the two starters questionable, this may open up another chance for Charlie Rugg and Greg Cochrane

*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan has provided this preview to the match

*Lastly, my Three Points to the match

MATCH UPS TO WATCH

A.J. DELAGARZA vs. GILES BARNES

DeLaGarza's speed and positioning will be vital to deal with Barnes, who is Houston's leading goal scorer. Expect DeLaGarza to attempt to limit space for Barnes, who can strike from distance. 

JOSE VILLARREAL vs. BOBBY BOSWELL

The veteran Dynamo center back will be tested by the in-form Villarreal. Expect the young forward to attempt to lure Boswell out of position and open up space for the likes of Landon Donovan and Mike Magee. 

LANDON DONOVAN/MIKE MAGEE vs. CORY ASHE/KOFI SARKODIE

The battles that will decide the game: Houston will look to put pressure on LA immediately with their marauding outside backs, but Donovan and Magee will be key to leading the charge on the counter.

PREDICTED LINEUP

Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Cochrane; Donovan, Juninho, Sarvas, Magee; Rugg, Villarreal