Greetings from StubHub Center, on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.
In a match moved from March to August in order to accommodate L.A.’s Champions League campaign, United is seeking to regain the lead in the Supporters’ Shield race and build a four-point lead over Sporting Kansas City in MLS’s Eastern Conference. DCU is playing the fourth of five games over 15 days and will head home Thursday to begin preparing for the rival Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon at RFK Stadium. The Galaxy, which is on a 4-1-1 surge, defeated Vancouver at home last Saturday and will face Chivas USA on Sunday.
Pregame reading material: My front-page feature on Galaxy star Landon Donovan, who is nearing the end of a sterling career.
Galaxy at home: 7-1-3, 23 goals for, 10 against.
United on road: 5-5-1, 16 goals for, 15 against.
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m. ET.
TV in D.C. area: Comcast SportsNet.
Referee: Kevin Stott.
Game-time weather: 77 degrees, 57 percent humidity, light wind, 0 percent chance of rain.
DCU LINEUP: Hamid; Franklin, Birnbaum, Boswell, Kemp; Estrada, Neal, Kitchen, Caskey; Silva, Johnson. Subs: Willis, Attakora, Opare, Jeffrey, Arnaud, DeLeon, Espindola. (Rolfe with minor injury, not in the 18.)
LA LINEUP: Penedo; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Dunivant; Husidic, Sarvas, Juninho, Donovan; Zardes, Gordon. Subs: Rowe, Villarreal, Rogers, Gargan, Garcia, Hoffman, Mendiola.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the comments section.