Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy will lack some star power
Saturday night against FC Dallas, but just how much is yet to be determined.
Landon Donovan will miss the fixture due to accumulated yellow cards and David
Beckham is a question mark, as he will participate in the opening ceremony of
the 2010 London Olympic Games on Friday.
Although Beckham was in London ahead of the MLS All-Star Game, he returned for
the match and played as the MLS All-Stars defeated Chelsea, 3-2. He flew back
across the Atlantic for the Olympics.
Even if L.A. is without the duo, there is also good news for the reigning MLS
Omar Gonzalez, the 2011 MLS Defender of the Year, has returned from surgery in
January on a torn ACL to make two appearances this month. But on Wednesday, he
made his longest appearance yet in a friendly against Tottenham.
Gonzalez played 63 minutes against the English club and said he is prepared to
start at FC Dallas Stadium this weekend.
"The knee feel's great right now. There's no problems with it," Gonzalez said.
"It's just a matter of getting 90-minute fit and I think that every time I
step out on the field I get that much more confident with my knee and as more
time passes I'm going to get more confident as well, so it's good."
Although Gonzalez is ready to go, coach Bruce Arena may decide to sit his star
center back to avoid any potential problems.
"Our goal is to get him on the field in a full time basis, but we need to see
how he reacts week to week," Arena said.
L.A. (9-10-3) tied Tottenham, 1-1, without Donovan and Beckham, so it will be
ready for Dallas (5-10-7) as it tries to solidify its place in the top five in
the Western Conference even if Beckham joins Donovan on the sideline.
Dallas sits just three points off the bottom of the West, but it picked up its
biggest win since 2009 with a 5-0 win over the Portland Timbers last weekend.
With 2010 league MVP David Ferreira regaining fitness, recent addition Julian
de Guzman settling into the team, and Brek Shea and coach Schellas Hyndman on
the same page again, Dallas is capable of a strong second half.
Shea was involved in a verbal confrontation with Hyndman in a recent game and
was not in the squad against Portland. Shea returned to practice Tuesday, and
Hyndman said he has cleared up the issues with his winger.
"He understands what happened and he regrets it," Hyndman said on the club's
Hyndman was focused on L.A., a team that FC Dallas tied, 1-1, in April at the
Home Depot Center.
"It seems like when we play them we really do show up," Hyndman said. "They're
a hard team to beat."
They're also a team Dallas is trying to catch, as the top five qualify for the
playoffs from each conference. FCD is just eight points behind the Galaxy for
the final playoff berth.
"They are the team we're aiming at right now to get that fifth spot," Hyndman
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