GALAXY VS. DALLAS.Byline: Scott French
Time: 7:30 p.m., at the Rose Bowl.
TV/Radio: None; KTNQ-AM (1020-Spanish).
Series: Galaxy leads, 7-6 (2-1 vs. Dallas in '98, with 4-1 and 8-1 wins and a 3-0 loss).
Galaxy (20-7, 58 points) update: L.A. will clinch the Western Conference title tonight if it wins in regulation and Chicago fails to do so against Miami. Any combination of Galaxy wins and Fire losses/shootout wins adding to five points will do the trick. . . . L.A. is coming off a lethargic performance in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Columbus, which snapped a four-game winning streak Noun 1. winning streak - a streak of wins
streak, run - an unbroken series of events; "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies" . The team's previous loss was another 3-0 decision, in Dallas. . . . L.A. scored an MLS-record eight goals against the Burn on June 4. . . . Paul Caligiuri Paul David Caligiuri (born May 9, 1964 in Westminster, California) is a former American soccer player and current head coach of the Cal Poly Pomona men's college soccer team. , who missed Saturday's loss with a groin strain, could be back at right back tonight. Ezra Hendrickson Ezra Hendrickson (born January 16, 1972 in Layou, St. Vincent) is a Vincentian Football (soccer) player who currently plays defender for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. , who had been on the bench all but one of the previous six games after starting 17 of 18, took his place. Left back Greg Vanney Greg Vanney (born June 11, 1974 in Chandler, Arizona) is an American soccer player, who currently plays defender for DC United of Major League Soccer.
Greg Vanney played college soccer for Florida International University in 1992, and for UCLA from 1993 to 1995. also returned to the lineup, taking over for rookie Joe Franchino Joe Franchino (born August 9, 1976 in Fontana, California) is an American soccer player, who currently plays defender for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. He was also the team's captain for several seasons. , who had started four in a row.
Burn (13-14, 31 points) update: Dallas is missing three of its most important players tonight, with defender Chad Deering serving a one-game suspension after picking up a red card in Saturday's 2-0 win over New York/New Jersey and midfielder Jason Kreis on a one-match ban for accumulation of yellow cards. Even worse, veteran midfielder Mark Santel is out four to six weeks after suffering a fractured right fibula fibula (fĭb`yələ): see leg. in training Monday. . . . The Burn needs a victory more than the Galaxy does. Dallas, in a battle with Colorado and Kansas City for two playoff berths, is fourth in the Western Conference, one point behind the Rapids and two ahead of the Wizards with five games to play. K.C. visits Colorado tonight.