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Galaxy set to open MLS season

Posted on 09 March 2012 by iyeo

Fresh off its best season in years culminating with an MLS Cup, its right back to work for the Los Angeles Galaxy, and they’ll start off with a familiar foe.

Almost four months after dueling for the Western Conference title in November, the Galaxy will open defense of its MLS Cup against Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center on Saturday, and the intensity figures to be no different that from the last meeting back in November.

“We knew it was going to be a tough start to the season,” Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan said. “Sometimes where you’re the champion, you hope to get a little easing into the league, but this is as good as it gets.”

In last year’s Western Conference final, the Galaxy jumped out early, as defender Omar Gonzalez drew a foul in the penalty box and Landon Donovan converted the penalty to put LA ahead. Salt Lake though equalized a mintue later, as a Javier Morales corner found the head of Jamison Olave, which then went to Alvaro Saborio, who punched in a header to tie the match. LA however broke through in the second half with goals from Mike Magee and Robbie Keane to seal its trip to the MLS Cup final. RSL was at an disadvantage entering the final, as their two center backs, Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave carried injuries stemming from its aggregate series against Seattle. Borchers was unable to got, but Olave gave it a ride, going 82 minutes that evening.

“Salt Lake is always difficult to play against,” Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said. “They play soccer in the right way, they have a lot of good players and experienced players.”

While RSL returns pretty much the same squad from last year, the Galaxy have been busy reloading for another run, bringing back striker Edson Buddle to pair up front with Robbie Keane as well as bringing back midfielder Juninho for another loan when it looked like they had lost him to his old club Sao Paulo. One big question mark remains for LA, and that is the absence of center back Omar Gonzalez, who is out with a torn ACL.

The Galaxy had its first menaingful competition of 2012 on Wednesday, as they faced off against Toronto FC in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League in front of 47,568 at Rogers Centre. Toronto got out early, as goals from Ryan Johnson and Luis Silva staked TFC to an early two-goal lead. The Galaxy finally broke through with a goal from Mike Magee in the 29th minute and Landon Donovan’s goal in stoppage time salvaged the draw for Los Angeles.

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