CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy have a busy week ahead -- a busy 10 days really -- and to balance the responsibilities of Thursday's CONCACAF Champions League clash against Isidro Metapán as well as Sunday's final MLS regular season against Seattle Sounders FC, head coach Bruce Arena is splitting his squad.
The LA Galaxy seem poised to send a Reserve squad to El Salvador for Thursday's match against Metapán, similar to the one that took part in LA's last CCL match against Puerto Rico Islanders as they look to solidify their seed ahead of the Quarterfinal stage. This means that it is likely the Galaxy will leave behind its first team, including DP's David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, to prepare for Sunday's game against Seattle and LA's postseason run, which begins with the Knockout round match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Nov. 1.
While Arena -- and likely assistant coach Curt Onalfo, who led the Reserve League squad to a West Division title -- is in Central America for the CCL fixture, Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan will remain in Southern California to work with the first team.
"We have a whole group this week training, as well as a group going to El Salvador," head coach Bruce Arena told LA Galaxy Insider on Monday. "They're in training every day with our guys..half our staff will be here and half will be in El Salvador."
"We wanted to minimize the group that travels. What that does, it allows us to work with our first team that is generally regenerating," said Sarachan. "The idea is to make sure that we're covering our bases, both in Metapán and here."
Sarachan also admitted that it will be vital for him, to help in the process of getting both Donovan and Beckham back to full fitness.
"It's monumental in terms of putting our puzzle together," said Sarachan. "We have the depth this year and as we've shown, and showed yesterday in San Jose, not only can guys step in and compete, but keep the level where we're imposing ourselves on other teams. I thought yesterday was a good example, I thought the first 45 minutes were as good a 45 minutes collectively as we've played, and we were missing Landon and David. It doesn't mean that we don't want them back so I think that it's crucial that we use this period of time to get those guys ready."