Los Angeles Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids - Game Preview

Omar Gonzales with be with the USA national team, but Mike Magee has been in good form for the Galaxy - Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, March 23rd, the Colorado Rapids will travel to the Home Depot Center to face the Los Angeles Galaxy in Carson, California.

The LA Galaxy have a much-different look after the club claimed it's second straight MLS Cup title in 2012. David Beckham has departed the club for a final swan song in France with Paris Saint-Germain. Landon Donovan has not yet returned from his offseason break but the Galaxy have insisted that the MLS icon is expected to return in late March.

Colorado (0-2-1) are coming off a 1-1 draw against arch-rivals Real Salt Lake on the weekend. Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens suffered a broken forearm just five minutes into the match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Backup goalkeeper Clint Irwin played valiantly and perhaps has earned a start in the upcoming match against the Galaxy. Colorado head coach Oscar Pareja has hinted the club could look to sign a veteran goalkeeper in the short-term as Pickens is expected to be out for 3-4 months.

Los Angeles (1-0-1) will not only be without the aforementioned David Beckham and Landon Donovan, but Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez will be on national team duty with the Republic of Ireland and the United States, respectively. The Galaxy also recently advanced to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League after seeing off Costa Rican club Herediano. They will face Monterrey of Mexico in what should be a fantastic two-legged tie.

Colorado will still have their hands full against a weakened Galaxy side and the Rocky Mountain club could be boosted by the return of Pablo Mastroeni as the captain has returned to training. After picking up their first point of the season, the Rapids will look to take points away from the two-time reigning MLS Cup Champions.

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