The first half of the season opener didn't start the way Bruce Arena had hoped it would for his retooled Los Angeles side, trailing DC United 1-nil in the familiar confines of the StubHub Center. Adding to the deficit were early injuries, as Dan Kennedy was replaced by Brian Rowe between the posts just 20 minutes in, and Giovanni Dos Santos was unable to continue onto the second half. That allowed for Magic Mike Magee to be put in early, and the rest was history as the Galaxy cruised to a 4-1 victory, grabbing all three points to start the season.
For the Colorado Rapids, they weren't able to overcome a lapse in judgement within the first minute, if even that long, of the second half, as they dropped a 1-nil victory whilst visiting the San Jose Earthquakes. Colorado will remain without United States National Team mainstays, Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard, for the foreseeable future, including Saturday afternoons clash. Defensive starter, Sean St. Ledger, will also be sitting the match out for the home side.
Kennedy and Dos Santos will remain unavailable for Los Angeles, while Leonardo will continue to recover from ailments. Alan Gordon will be available on the bench, while Jelle Van Damme, one of Bruce Arena's three European imports, will be ready to make his debut.
Saturday's meeting marks the 67th clash between the two sides, with Los Angeles having won 35, Colorado 24 and eight games having finished without either side having an advantage. However, when cutting that to games in Colorado, the Rapids boast an 17-12-5 advantage and have scored 46 times to the visitors 40.
Galaxy have won the last two match-ups at Dick's Sporting Good Arena, and should take a third one, despite the injury concerns as Colorado was far from impressive against San Jose and Los Angeles boasts depth like few other sides. Magee starting will have a golden opportunity to show that opening night wasn't a fluke, and the Magic is still there.