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Checking on injuries ahead of tonight’s MLS Cup rematch, Houston at LA Galaxy

May 5, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

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With Bruce Arena’s team, you never really know about injuries.

Things tend to spring up, rather on the curiously unexpected side. Or guys tend to land among the starting 11 before we expect it, as with Omar Gonzalez a year ago.

At least we do know, unfortunately so, that promising young forward Jack McBean is out, having just undergone surgery last week. Otherwise … not so much.

Among the questionables are Carlo Cudicini (injury listed as the vague “leg strain”), Landon Donovan (same), Todd Dunivant (same again, different leg) and Robbie Keane (ankle).

That’s a lot of quality that may or may not be available for tonight’s 11 p.m. ET kickoff at the Home Depot Center. The match, a repeat of the last two MLS Cup finals, right down to the same venue, is on ESPN2.

Not that Arena’s team can’t possible get the job done without his starry stars. A bunch of hungry youngsters showed Real Salt Lake what effort and energy, smartly applied, can accomplish last week in a big win at Rio Tinto. And a match in Utah against Real Salt Lake certainly looks tougher than a home match against Houston.

For everything great we can say about Dominic Kinnear’s club, it hasn’t always been great in recent year when on the road in the regular season. The Dynamo is winless (0-2-1) on the road this year. Kinnear’s team was 8-24-17 in the three previous seasons away from South Texas in league play.

Plus, we do know a bit about the Dynamo lineup, that important midfielder Brad Davis is out, suspended.

  1. dfstell - May 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Slightly off topic, but MLS has GOT to figure out these start-times. This is a marque game. Why is it on at 11:00 eastern? Even Major League Baseball plans better than that….

    Nobody can stay up until 1:00 am. on a worknight.

    • Steve Davis - May 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Off topic, yes. But spot-on! … I though the very same thing as I typed out that time.

  2. manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Agree, guys. Even though it’s on the West Coast an 8 pm start on a Sunday is at least 2 hours too late. What was Home Depot Center being used for all day?

    • manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      My guess here is that ESPN dictated the start time and MLS went along for the money, but if this is supposed to be the MLS Game of the Week how does that late start help the league get more exposure and grow?

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