COMMERCE CITY, CO - MAY 05: A.J. De La Garza #20 of the Los Angeles Galaxy kicks the ball away from the control of Colin Clark #1 of the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on May 5, 2010 in Commerce City, Colorado. The Galaxy defeated the Rapids 1-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Galaxy surely have a bad taste in their mouths from the last time that these two teams met in MLS play. Colorado came into Los Angeles with a tepid road record but on the backs of a great performance from new addition Brian Mullan as well as a brilliant game by the defense - which featured Wells Thompson at left back! - and the Conor Casey/Omar Cummings duo won the game 3-1 and clinched a playoff spot that would eventually see them winning the MLS Cup. And after winning the Shield, that was a Galaxy team that surely wanted that MLS trophy for themselves.
Colorado and Los Angeles are both on fantastic runs of form right now, with Los Angeles going unbeaten in their last eight games and Colorado in their last nine. As such, LA is tops in the West right now and Colorado is climbing the ladder slowly but surely, sitting in third at present in a tie with Seattle, Colorado having a game in hand. Interestingly, even with the unbeaten streak Colorado has currently not won a game at home in five, so the Galaxy match will be a chance to swing that around as well. Interestingly, they're actually undefeated in five away from home so this is a development we rarely see for this team.
It can't be overstated how important Landon Donovan might be to this game. His absence playing for the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup leaves the Galaxy without not only their best player, but what might be the best player in the league. Look for Colorado to play with Conor Casey and Omar Cummings up top, the first chance we've had since the home opener to see the magical striker tandem play together. Anthony Wallace might be back at left back after missing the Portland match, but otherwise it should be very similar to the line-up pulled out against the Timbers last weekend.
With Colorado coming back to full strength, there's a very good chance that this one could be a Rapids win at home.
UZ'S PREDICTION: 2-1 Rapids