Sunday, November 6, 2011
GALAXY: Olave, no Borchers, for RSL
By Scott French
CARSON -- Jamison Olave passed his fitness test and is in Real Salt Lake's lineup for Sunday evening's Western Conference final against the Galaxy at Home Depot Center, and Nat Borchers is available on the bench.
Olave, last year's MLS Defender of the Year, was considered the longer shot to start between RSL's first-choice center backs, who sustained quadriceps injuries in the Lions' playoff opener and missed Wednesday's decisive first-round leg in Seattle.
Both were on the HDC field testing their limits at about 4:30 p.m., and Olave -- a physical difference-maker in the back -- fared well enough to join Chris Schuler in the middle. Chris Wingert returns to his normal spot, at left back.
No surprises in the Galaxy XI. Here are the lineups:
Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Juninho, Mike Magee; Chad Barrett, Robbie Keane. Bench: Chris Birchall, Paolo Cardozo, Adam Cristman, Frankie Hejduk, Donovan Ricketts, Dasan Robinson, Michael Stephens.
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert; Andy Williams, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Will Johnson; Fabian Espindola, Alvaro Saborio. Bench: Yordany Alvarez, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Luis Gil, Ned Grabavoy, Paulo Jr., Kyle Reynish.