Notes on the Galaxy

A.J. DeLaGarza

I've already written at length about the Fire's many injury issues ahead of tomorrow night's game at the L.A. Galaxy, but what of the medical situation of the Fire's opponent? Well, if you can believe it, the Galaxy is currently in a comparable injury situation to the Fire - as they too have several key players listed on this week's injury report. Here's a more complete rundown. **David Beckham - Right Ankle Inflammation - Questionable**

The Galaxy's star midfielder missed last week's 2-0 loss against Columbus with the injury and could very well be out for tomorrow night's clash. Beckham didn't play in the first meeting between the Fire and the Galaxy (he was serving a red card suspension) and seeing him in street clothes would be a welcome sight for the Fire. Regardless of any controversy that occurred over the summer though, Beckham is still a very good MLS player and we all know about his ability when crossing and on dead balls.

**A.J. De La Garza - Left Knee Bruise - Questionable**

After missing the Galaxy's September 19th game against Toronto, De La Garza returned for last week's loss to Columbus but was subbed off after 53 minutes. The big rookie defender has enjoyed a solid season thus far and being without him would not be a good thing for the Galaxy's chances.

**Eddie Lewis - Left Ankle Sprain - Questionable**

Lewis came on in the 62nd minute of the Columbus loss and he could very well come on in the same role this week against the Fire. Lewis provides a solid veteran presence on the field for the Galaxy and the team is certainly better off when the veteran midfielder is healthy and ready to contribute.

**Other injuries:**

Alecko Eskandarian - Head Injury - Out

Dema Kovalenko - Tendinitis in Right Achilles - Questionable

Stefani Miglioranzi - Left Groin Strain - Questionable

If Beckham and De La Garza are unable to go, the effect on the match will be pretty big. As I mentioned earlier, both players are crucial to the Galaxy's success and if either is unable to go the Fire's chances of improving on their league best home record will go up markedly. We'll just have to wait and see as to whether or not the players in question will actually go though...


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  • I still think the Galaxy is better set then the Fire ahead of tomorrows match. I counting on the Fire to beat the Galaxy on the road and keep the best road record going. Clinch playoff stop and be more relaxed for the 2 remaing games...

  • I think we can win if they both don't play. if DeLaGarza plays, tie is our best hope. If DeLaGarza and the Overrated One play, we lose definetly(no, I'm not giving credit to the overrated one, I'm saying we'll be psyched out). I mean really, the midfield looks like
    pretty weak. the back line is
    Donovan should have 2 goals when you look at that. the strikers are
    Seeing as last time we played the galaxy, Patrick looked like he would need stilts and a ladder to score over Ricketts, McBride is our only hope. So, maybe 2-1 Galaxy? IDK. Fate is with us, We have a game-tying own goal to prove that, so I see a 1-1 or 2-1 tie.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Where's Conde in that line up?

  • In reply to cesba:


  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Kovalenko out means our injury risk in this game has plummeted.

  • I've changed my mind on earlier. I'M FEELING THE MAGIC!
    Fire 3-2 in style of the Rapids game.

  • Uh-oh. Take a look at this.

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