Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting LA Galaxy

FC Dallas has won five times all-time in meetings against the Galaxy in LA.

FC Dallas is back in action tonight as they head to Los Angeles to face the LA Galaxy.

LA have dominated the series in California over the years, going 21-5-4 in the first 30 home games against Dallas, outscoring them 62-29 in those contests. The series has been even more one-sided since the Galaxy moved to Carson, with LA going 13-2-2 in games played at StubHub Center, outscoring Dallas 33-17 in those games.

Injury Report

I'll stick with the league's injury report for the Galaxy here.

Out - James Riley (Underwent Left Lateral Meniscus Repair, out six months)

Questionable - Marcelo Sarvas (MLC Knee), Todd Dunivant (Abdominal Strain), Leonardo (left middle finger fracture)

International duty

Two players that won't be available for Bruce Arena on Wednesday evening are Designated Players Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez. Both players are currently with the United States national team training camp for the World Cup next month in Brazil.

Projected Lineup

Arena has been a traditionalist over the years in terms of formation, going with a 4-4-2. Lately that midfield four has been shifted to a diamond look with Keane sitting below the two forwards.

Goalkeeper: Jamie Penedo; RB: Dan Gargan; CB: Tommy Meyer, Kofi Opare ; LB: AJ DeLeGarza; RM: Stefan Ishizaki; CM: Juninho; LM: Gyasi Zardez; AM Robbie Keane; FW: Samuel, Rob Friend

Key Matchup

Victor Ulloa vs. Robbie Keane - The young Homegrown against the veteran Irishman. Keane will likely play in the top part of the diamond midfield tonight like he did against Houston. It didn't work out that well for LA last time around but with Donovan out for this one, LA has to find a creative spark somewhere.

Keys to Three Points

Spread them wide. I continue to mention this because good things happen when this club spreads the field. LA plays with a diamond midfield, meaning that if you spread them out, they will be suspect in the defense. LA has always struggled against speed in their defense and having a good game from Je-Vaughn Watson and Fabian Castillo will go a long way in making sure FCD gets something positive out of this game.

Be discipline. FCD has been better in recent games about this but it will still be a factor on the road. LA is a smart team that will con FCD into bad fouls, especially in and around the penalty box with Keane.

Limit chances. LA is a team that does well when they have a ton of chances on goal. Keane is a smart finisher, Zardes, Friend and Samuel are also quality finishers when they get hot. The FCD defense needs to cut down the passing lanes in this one and limit what LA can do on the offensive side of the ball. Clogging up the middle of the field may be the option that Pareja goes for in this situation with Ulloa, Adam Moffat and Andrew Jacobson. It may not be the best option but it will at least keep LA at bay like we saw against Seattle a couple weeks ago.

Smart counters. While LA is usually known for their smart counter-attacking style play, FCD may be the team that has to pull it out in this one. Packing the midfield and parking the bus in a sense is likely how Pareja could go in this one, which means they'll need good playmaking up front on the counter for Castillo, Watson or Perez.

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