Monday, 5 September 2011

Kick Off: Donovan sounds warning ahead of match vs. KC


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A stretch of nine matches in 30 days couldn’t start against a tougher opponent.
The LA Galaxy get set to kick off the most congested part of their schedule with their first match at the new Livestrong Sporting Park against Sporting Kansas City tonight (6 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer — pregame at 5:30 p.m. ET) and LA midfielder Landon Donovan has already sounded a warning to his teammates: “You could argue they're as good as any team in the league at this time.”
Looks like Donovan has more belief in Kansas City than even Kansas City does. At the end of its preview for tonight’s match, the Kansas City Star predicts a 2-1 win for the league-leading Galaxy.
LA manager Bruce Arena is expected to start Frankie Hejduk tonight at right back, which should prove a welcome boost for the best defensive team in MLS. “It’s good to have him back. With Gregg [Berhalter] being out right now, we needed to have Frankie ready to go,” Arena said.
The right back for Sporting Kansas City? It’ll be regular center back Aurelién Collin, according to this French-language interview, which would lead one to believe that the usual right back Chance Myers will be pushed up into right midfield to cover for Kei Kamara, who is on international duty with Sierra Leone.
Galaxy star David Beckham is in the news back home in England, where Queens Park Rangers are reportedly making a move for the Englishman when his MLS contract expires in November. The Sun cites an insider that the plan “is not a pipe-dream” for QPR under new owner Tony Fernandes.

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