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Galaxy vs. Impact: LA Makes First Ever Trip To Montreal

The LA Galaxy are in Quebec this week to take on the Montreal Impact, in the first ever meeting between these two clubs.

MONTREAL, CANADA - MAY 2:  Fans cheer for the Montreal Impact during the Amway Canadian Championship Series match against the Toronto FC at the Olympic Stadium on May 2, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - MAY 2: Fans cheer for the Montreal Impact during the Amway Canadian Championship Series match against the Toronto FC at the Olympic Stadium on May 2, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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The LA Galaxy are in Quebec this week to take on the Montreal Impact, in the first ever meeting between these two clubs. The Galaxy have failed to keep a clean sheet in nine MLS games this year. Their longest such streak in 2011 was four MLS games. They'll be looking for their first this afternoon.

While the Impact are new to the league, it'd be a mistake that the Galaxy are going to have an easy time with this one. Outside of the travel factor, and the Impact playing on a turf field, Montreal are on a two match clean sheet streak and have conceded more than one goal just once in their last six MLS games.

They'll be doing it with Landon Donovan starting at forward with Robbie Keane, a pairing many Galaxy fans have clamored for. David Beckham is in the midfield with Juninho, Michael Stephens, and Kyle Nakazawa. The back line features Dan Keat this afternoon, and Brian Perk gets the start in goal.

For Montreal, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts will be facing his former side for the first time this afternoon. Ricketts never earned his starting spot back after getting injured in June of last summer, and then was traded to Montreal for allocation money after the expansion draft.

Notes:

  • The Galaxy fared well against Eastern conference foes last season, going 8-2-9.
  • The Impact have made penalty kicks in three of their last four MLS matches. Their three conversions are the most in MLS this season.