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As kickoff for the Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Galaxy clash in Southern California approaches, we have the starting lineups for you.

It appears our projected eleven was spot on this week for Colorado. Coach Pablo Mastroeni is sticking with his more technical lineup that led to great results against Vancouver a week ago.

As hinted in our projections, Gyasi Zardes could have thrown off things if he started and he will, basically substituting star Robbie Keane who is not in the lineup due to an injury.

The Galaxy will still play in  a 4-2-3-1. Robbie Keane’s health going into this game was uncertain but his absence does come as a surprise and definite advantage for the Rapids.

In another change, the Galaxy will push Steven Gerrard in central midfield, move Giovani dos Santos in the number 10 role, and start Sebastian Lletget at right wing.

Stay tuned to BSN Rapids for all the latest Rapids news.

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