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28 April 12:17 pm

SANDY, Utah -- The LA Galaxy lineup trotted out in their 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake shocked many, including RSL themselves.

In his postgame press conference, RSL boss Jason Kreis admitted that he was nervous about how his team would respond to LA's squad that was without regulars Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant, Carlo Cudcini, and Jose Villarreal. 

“It wasn’t just Donovan and Keane, there were five players that started tonight with the Galaxy that aren’t typically in their strongest eleven. So much so that when I got their lineup I was nervous to even write it up on the board. I was wondering if there was any way I could just sneak it in that they were playing LA’s strongest lineup," Kreis said. "I feel that our guys have had a tendency over the past to let down when they are playing a team that they think is weaker than they are; and tonight they got shown that team isn’t weaker than we are. Their eleven was better than our eleven.”

Even RSL captain Kyle Beckerman admitted that his team did not handle the lineup as well as they should have. 

“Anytime you see the lineup like that… maybe it’s something that consciously went into our minds, but I thought we said something about it to try and make sure it didn’t get to us. Maybe it did," Beckerman told reporters. "I think maybe we were a little shook up. We lost two forwards before the game where we didn’t expect that. They just came out better (in the first) 15 minutes and it ended up costing us the game.”

27 April 10:38 pm

Below are the highlights to the LA Galaxy's 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake...

27 April 10:35 pm

SANDY, Utah – No LA Galaxy player shined brighter than Brian Rowe as the Galaxy sealed a 2-0 victory on the road against Real Salt Lake.

Starting in place of the injured Carlo Cudicini, Rowe made a total of seven saves on the night to seal his first career shutout in his MLS debut.

Below Rowe’s teammates and head coach Bruce Arena address his performance.

ARENA: “He was outstanding. There’s no other way to put it. We obviously felt that, coming into the game, that he’s a good goalkeeper, however he had no experience in the league. You’re always concerned in the first few minutes of the game, but he looked pretty composed right from the start. He had a good save early, and had great concentration to make a bunch of saves throughout the evening. As I said, I thought he was outstanding.”

A.J. DELAGARZA: “It was great. It reminded me of [Brian] Perk when he made his debut against Seattle and he came out with a penalty kick save. [Perk] made some pretty big saves for us and kept in the game and kept us at zero and got his first shutout.”

JUNINHO: “An amazing performance by Bryan Rowe. He’s a great goalkeeper and he’s got a great personality.”

MIKE MAGEE: “I thought Brian Rowe was the best player on the field.”

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27 April 10:21 pm

SANDY, Utah -- Bruce Arena addressed the media following the LA Galaxy's 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake. 

Arena's comments are below. 

(On Brian Rowe’s performance…)

ARENA: “He was outstanding. There’s no other way to put it. We obviously felt that, coming into the game, that he’s a good goalkeeper, however he had no experience in the league. You’re always concerned in the first few minutes of the game, but he looked pretty composed right from the start. He had a good save early, and had great concentration to make a bunch of saves throughout the evening. As I said, I thought he was outstanding.”

(On the performance of the younger players…)

ARENA: “Charlie did a good job. He kind of hit the wall a little bit in the second half, as expected, but a good first goal – a good first game. Again, he’s another player who played his first game tonight. We were really pleased that he got a goal in his first game. We can’t complain about that, for Rowe to get a shutout in his first game, on the road in Salt Lake.”

(On how the veterans helped the younger, less-experienced players on the road…)

ARENA: “They did a great job. There are seven veterans on the field, so it’s not like we just had a bunch of kids. The group of DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Sarvas, Juninho, Magee and Franklin were giving our young players confidence in helping us get the result.”

(On Jack McBean…)

ARENA: “Jack was doing alright. Unfortunately, he suffered a difficult injury and obviously, we’ll find out more tonight, but Jack has been moving along.”

(On his team’s success defensively…)

ARENA: “Our team shape is very good. Our center backs did not stand and drive, they were organizing the group ahead of them, our line moved pretty well and we got good blocks in the midfield. Early in the game, [Real Salt Lake] tried to get behind us, and we dealt with that pretty well. When we needed a save, Brian [Rowe] came through.”

(On whether the game-plan changed for the second half, after going up 2-0…)

ARENA: “Yes, I told the team that if [Real Salt Lake] didn't score a goal, from what I know about the game, is that we’re probably going to win. We took care of defending, and we’re satisfied winning 2-0. If we got a third goal, we’d get a third goal.”

27 April 8:25 pm

SANDY, Utah -- Jack McBean has enjoyed a strong 2013 season, but it may be put on hold after he suffered an injury during the LA Galaxy's 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. 

McBean left the field in the 53rd minute in pain after a collision with RSL defender Nat Borchers. Following the match, the Galaxy confirmed that McBean was taken to a local hospital and X-Rays confirmed a fractured left clavicle. The club will set a timeline for his return once team doctors see him once the team returns to Southern California. 

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27 April 7:01 pm

SANDY, Utah -- A few notes from the LA Galaxy's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

*Update on injured players is here.

*Last time two players made their professional debut in the starting XI was March 22, 2009 against D.C. United in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw when A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez started in central defense.

*Last time three players made their professional debut for LA Galaxy was March 22, 2009 against D.C. United when Kyle Patterson, A.J. DeLaGarza, and Omar Gonzalez made debuts.

*Charlie Rugg’s goal is the first in his professional career. The last time a Galaxy rookie scored in his MLS debut was Jack McBean on October 23, 2011 in a 2-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo.

*Mike Magee’s goal in the sixth minute was the fastest goal for the LA Galaxy this MLS season.

*Brian Rowe made his MLS debut and earned his first career MLS shutout.

27 April 5:19 pm

SANDY, Utah -- The LA Galaxy will be without four of their regulars against Real Salt Lake.

Carlo Cudicini and Landon Donovan will miss out due to right leg strains, Todd Dunivant is unavailable due to a left leg strain while Robbie Keane is out due to a left ankle strain.

It is the seventh straight game in which the LA Galaxy have used a different lineup. 

27 April 12:41 pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- We're just hours away from a clash that will see LA Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake in a true battle of Western Conference Powers. 

Below are a series of links, matchups to watch and a predicted lineup to get you going before kick off. 

LINKS

*Bruce Arena spoke to the media in Southern California prior to the Galaxy's departure to Utah

*Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane are each trying to complete their fitness test to be fit for Saturday's match.

*Marcelo Sarvas enjoyed a strong game against Sporting KC, but can he repeat his success against RSL

*Omar Gonzalez on the challenges of facing RSL forward Alvaro Saborio

*Are the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake rivals? I asked a few Galaxy players to find out

*LAGalaxy.com Larry Morgan provided a preview of Saturday's clash

*Lastly, my Three Points to the match. 

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

Jack McBean vs. Nat Borchers

McBean's profile has grown in recent weeks as he has become a staple in LA's starting XI, but he'll likely be in for a serious test against Borchers, who is one of the strongest defenders in MLS. 

Omar Gonzalez vs. Alvaro Saborio

A true clash of the titans between the powerhouse forward and the sturdy defender. Expect a physical battle as Gonzalez looks to prevent Saborio from using his speed to get behind LA's defense. 

Marcelo Sarvas/Juninho vs. Kyle Beckerman/Javier Morales

The match may very well turn on this battle of veteran midfielders. Expect LA's Brazilian duo to attempt to sufficate Morales as he looks to lead RSL's attack while also trying to prevent Beckerman from sending in piercing balls into the attacking third. 

PREDICTED LINEUP:

Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Dunivant; Magee, Sarvas, Juninho, Clark; McBean, Keane

27 April 9:56 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Jack McBean is racking up starts and appearances for the LA Galaxy, but whether or not he'll be a member of the U.S. Under-20 team remains a question mark and according to U-20 head coach Tab Ramos, he has plenty of work in front of him.

McBean has made nine appearances in all competitions with four starts -- all in MLS play -- with two goals and one assist. McBean was last named to a U.S. U-20 camp last December in Florida and on Friday, Ramos offered his assement of the 18-year-old forward. 

“Jack is a player that we like a lot. He's a good player. I think he continues to be on our depth chart, but he's not one of the ones that we're looking at right now as we go with the top five or six forwards that we have. He's not one of those," said Ramos. "Now, with the experience that we've had so far with so many injuries. In the end, he could end up on the team as well. But we don't know.”

During this U-20 camp, Ramos called up six forwards: Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Omar Salgado, Santos Laguna's Daniel Cuevas, Chicago Fire's Victor Pineda as well as college players Danny Garcia and Alfred Koroma as well as Seattle Sounders Academy forward Jordan Morris.

Meanwhile, Ramos named forwards Jerome Kiesewetter, Mario Rodriguez and Brandon Allen to the U.S. roster for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. 

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27 April 9:22 am

CARSON, Calif. – Saturday’s clash between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake will have no shortage of marquee matchups, but the game may turn on the battle between LA defender Omar Gonzalez and RSL forward Alvaro Saborío.

Although Saborío has terrorized MLS defenses with 43 regular season goals throughout his four year stint in the league, Gonzalez and LA have mostly held the Costa Rican in check as he has tallied just one goal and two assists in six regular season games against the Galaxy. In six games so far in 2013, Saborio has scored three goals with a single assist. 

Gonzalez has had success against the burly Costa Rican in recent matchups including their clash while with their respective national teams in an epic World Cup qualifier at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park that was marred by intense snowfall.

As for how Gonzalez intends to slow down Saborío, it will depend on being able to keep the Costa Rican in front of him.  

“He’s a really good player, talented with a good touch on the ball. He likes to hold the ball and make good runs. You just have to always keep your eye on him, play him hard and just the key thing is to not let him have any open looks.”