Look ahead to San Jose: Playoff version of California Clasico

04 November 3:38 pm

Look ahead to San Jose: Playoff version of California Clasico

By Adam Serrano

We're just hours from the game so here are a few links and observations to get you to kick off. 

*Landon Donovan talks about his role against San Jose, referee Ricardo Salazar, and more

*Donovan also spoke about the play of Steven Lenhart, Alan Gordon and Chris Wondolowski

*Todd Dunivant talks about the fact that there is no disadvantage for LA to host the first leg rather than the second leg.

*LAGalaxy.com's John Wilkinson gives his match preview of the game .

*A few injury updates on Juninho, Christian Wilhelmsson, and Sean Franklin

*Also, if Juninho is unable to play then expect Marcelo Sarvas to start. 

Lastly, check out my Three Points to the match

KEY MATCH UPS

Robbie Keane vs. Victor Bernadez

The burly Honduran defender is considered by many to be the club's most important player, but he'll have his hands full against an in-form Keane. 

Omar Gonzalez/Tommy Meyer vs. Steven Lenhart/Chris Wondolowski

The main event of sorts. Gonzalez and the rookie Meyer will be tasked with shutting down the divisive Lenhart and MLS goal-king Wondolowski. 

Todd Dunivant vs. Martin Chavez

Perhaps one of the most important battles of the night, Dunivant is expected to be tested early and often by Chavez, who tallied ten assists in the regular season. 

PLAYOFF UPDATE: 

Western Conference Semifinal First Legs

Seattle Sounders 0 - Real Salt Lake 0

Eastern Conference Semifinals First Legs

D.C. United 1 - New York Red Bulls 1

Houston Dynamo 2 - Sporting Kansas City 0

PREDICTED LINEUP: Saunders; Franklin, Gonzalez, Meyer, Dunivant; Sarvas, Juninho, Beckham, Magee ; Donovan, Keane