The Rapids home record vs. the Galaxy is 18-12-5, and the Rapids went unbeaten in their three regular season games last year.
Burgundy Wave: LA has the worst home record (1-3-3) and the best away record (4-2-1) in MLS, which is pretty much the complete opposite of how most teams function. Was this just because of the timing of injuries/suspensions/international play, or does LA play better away?
LAG Confidential: It could honestly be a certain mindset that the guys have when they play at the StubHub Center.
Maybe they put more pressure on themselves when they're at home compared to when they're on the road.
BW: Romain Alessandrini has been a force for LA this season, with 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 games. How has he been so successful and how can the Rapids contain him?
LAG: He really has done it all for the Galaxy, without him we'd be incredibly far out of the playoff picture. Whenever we need a goal, or a even just a spark, Alessandrini pops up at the exact right time.
It's really hard to stop anyone when they're in this kind of form. You'll have to have two or three guys keeping an eye on him at all times. Alessandrini can pop up anywhere in the final third at any given time and if you're not paying attention, he'll punish you.
BW: What impact do you think Jermaine Jones has had on the team, and how has the fanbase received him?
LAG: To be quite honest with you, our fanbase has not really taken to Jermaine Jones. When he was playing, Jones would roam from his position, into a sort of freelance midfielder, which always left gaps between the midfield and defense. This would leave Joao Pedro with a lot of work to do defensively, and he'd get burned more often than not.
Since he's been out with an injury, the Galaxy have not lost a game, winning four (including the U.S. Open Cup) and drawing three. It's quite the turnaround. Now, is it all his fault? It's hard to say, really. We'll have to see how things play out when he comes back into the starting XI, which could be this weekend.
Predicted Starting XI:
Diop; Smith, Arellano, Van Damme, Cole; Pedro, Garcia; Boateng, Alessandrini, Zardes; McBean
With all of our injuries, we don't really have a lot of room to work with in terms of depth. So as much as we'd like to be able to rotate players, I can't see much of a change.