This next match will be a great test for RSL to see where their team depth and chemistry is at early in the season. LA Galaxy are one of the most veteran teams in MLS, boasting new players Jelle Van Damme and Ashely Cole in defense and last year's splash signing, forward Giovani Dos Santos. These players will look to lead their team against an RSL squad that is gaining momentum.
Galaxy are 3-2-1 on the season and have been without starting center back Leonardo for all their matches thus far. Leonardo has been recovering from surgery, and coach Bruce Arena said he should be ready to play in the near future. Whether that means Saturday or next week remains to be seen. In the likely event that he doesn't start, Arena will stick with Daniel Steres at center back alongside Van Damme.
At right back, Robbie Rogers is also back to full participation in training, but will likely miss the start in favor of AJ DeLaGarza who has been playing there in Rogers' absence. DeLaGarza is less of a a threat going forward than the faster Rogers, but has provided steady defending.
Robbie Keane is still recovering from knee surgery and will miss the match. So far, Zardes and Dos Santos have been the striking pair that Arena has used in Keane's absence, and Mike Magee has made a few appearances as well.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has missed the last several matches after tearing his groin, and Brian Rowe has been filling in for him. Rowe has been consistent in these matches, with help from the veteran defenders.
Also notable is the absence of defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong due to his suspension for a reckless tackle on Portland's Darlington Nagbe. It's a good thing too, because Javier Morales just got healthy.
Both teams are playing well in 2016. With a few key Galaxy players missing, this game is a great way for RSL to continue asserting itself over Western Conference rivals.