Robbie Keane played a big part in Los Angeles' blowout victory last weekend, but the Galaxy will have to find someone else to provide a spark in their next game.
With Keane away on international duty, Los Angeles will try to deny the New England Revolution a third straight victory Sunday.
Keane scored a career-high three goals in the first half of the Galaxy's 4-0 rout of visiting Seattle last Sunday but will be away with Ireland's national team preparing for a World Cup qualifier. Star defender Omar Gonzalez, meanwhile, is with the U.S. team.
"Guys are going to have to step in for Omar and Robbie," defender A.J. DeLaGarza said.
Los Angeles is coming off a 2-0 loss to the Carolina Railhawks in U.S. Open Cup play Wednesday night. Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league, appeared in his first road game for the Galaxy after playing the final 13 minutes of last week's victory.
In this game, Rogers and Los Angeles (6-4-2) will try to end New England's first win streak of the season.
"It's another chance to prove yourself especially after the way (the U.S. Open Cup) game went," Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer told the team's official website. "You never want to let it affect you, but you want to move on and prove to yourself that you can still do it."
The Revolution (4-4-4) recorded their second 2-0 victory in a row last Saturday against visiting Toronto FC with Diego Fagundez scoring in his third straight game.
New England followed that victory with a 5-1 rout of the Rochester Rhinos in U.S. Open Cup play Tuesday and feels ready for the challenge of facing the two-time defending MLS champions.
"We've gotten some results recently and we want to show the league that we're here to play. We want to be in the playoffs this year and we want to make our run," goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth told the team's official website. "I definitely think this is a good opportunity for us to make a statement and show we're legit this year."
The Revolution are 1-2-1 in their last four home games against the Galaxy but won 3-1 at Los Angeles in last season's only meeting. Kelyn Rowe and Chris Tierney set the tone by scoring in the first 13 minutes while Keane had the Galaxy's lone goal.
This is the only meeting this season.
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