Mathis hoping to see action against old club

Midfielder says no hard feelings exist with Real Salt Lake

Since joining the Los Angeles Galaxy
in the offseason, Clint Mathis hasn't had much of an influence on his new
club.

In February, Mathis had surgery
to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and is just now getting back to full
training. He has yet to dress for a match, let alone see any playing time.

Mathis did play roughly 75 minutes in a scrimmage on Tuesday in a 3-0 win against the Ventura County Fusion and is in the running to be part of the Galaxy squad next weekend.

So having the chance to debut
against his former club, Real Salt Lake, should likely serve as an added bit of motivation and make
his first game back with the Galaxy a bit more meaningful. Right?

Not exactly.

The Galaxy will host Real Salt
Lake on Saturday and Mathis longs to play in the match for the sake of playing,
not to try and exact any sort of revenge on his former team.

“I don’t think the first game
will matter,” Mathis said. “Hopefully it would be one of those situations where I’ll be fit enough and feel
stable enough in my knee to know that I’m not going to hurt it any worse if I
could play in that game.”

Mathis wasn't necessarily a
favorite of the Galaxy’s in 2009. After all, he helped Real Salt Lake win MLS
Cup ’09 at the Galaxy’s expense. The former U.S. international entered MLS Cup as a substitute when
Javier Morales was injured early in the match and was an influential part of
the game. He converted a penalty in the decisive shootout as RSL beat the
Galaxy in a shootout.

Early in 2010, however, Mathis
and RSL parted ways on good terms as the one-time Galaxy player re-joined the
club a day after the SuperDraft. There is no sense of hatred or bitterness in
Mathis.

“It’s just a matter of getting to
see them and competing with those guys," he said. "There’s nothing personal or anything in
that regards. They did me a favor as well as the Galaxy to bring
me back to a team I wanted to end my career with. There are no hard feelings by
any means in that locker room.”

RSL say they will present Mathis with his MLS Cup championship ring at
Rio Tinto Stadium when the Galaxy visit Sandy, Utah, on June 9.

Does Mathis keep tabs on his
former team? He said he has been paying close attention to the defending MLS
Cup champions.

“Their team’s looking good and I
think it’s going to show if they continue to play as well as they’re playing,”
Mathis said. “In the first [three] games they’ve definitely looked good.”