Look ahead to Vancouver: LA Galaxy start road trip against Vancouver Whitecaps FC

11 May 2:00 pm

Look ahead to Vancouver: LA Galaxy start road trip against Vancouver Whitecaps FC

By Adam Serrano

VANCOUVER -- The LA Galaxy begin their three-game in nine-day road trip on Saturday against Vancouver Whiteaps FC. As you prepare for today's clash, check out my links, matchups to watch and predicted lineup.

*Last time the LA Galaxy traveled to Vancouver, Jose Villarreal enjoyed his coming out party and he'll be hoping to duplicate his success on Saturday.

*Robbie Keane does not believe that he'll suit up on Saturday, but Todd Dunivant is hoping to be in contention.

*Bruce Arena offered his thoughts on this struggling Vancouver side that has not won in their last seven matches

*Hector Jimenez enjoyed a successful game for LA's reserves on Tuesday. Can it translate to the first team?

*Remember to send in tweets to Rapid Fire Tweets for my segment on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

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

*Lastly, my Three Points to the game

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Jose Villarreal vs. Andy O'Brien

The young Galaxy forward will look to repeat his success against Vancouver, but he'll face a physical challenge with the burly Irish center back. 

Mike Magee vs. Y.P. Lee

Perhaps the  match up of the game as the wily Magee will take on the veteran Korean left back. Magee will likely look to use his skills on the ball to befuddle Lee and find holes behind Vancouver's defense.

Greg Cochrane vs. Daigo Kobayashi

Cochrane has done well in all three of his starts this season, but he'll face a new type of test against Kobayashi. More of a technical player than a speedster, the Japanese midfielder will look to confound Cochrane and push him down in his own box. 

PREDICTED LINEUP:

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