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Galaxy visits the Montreal Impact on Saturday

L.A. will play an expansion team that has gone a month since losing a Major League Soccer match.

May 11, 2012|By Kevin Baxter
  • Midfielder David Beckham will be a big draw when the Galaxy play the expansion Montreal Impact on Saturday.
Midfielder David Beckham will be a big draw when the Galaxy play the expansion… (Ryan Remiorz / Associated…)

When: 1 p.m. PDT

Where: Olympic Stadium, Montreal.

On the air: TV: KDOC, KWHY. Radio: 1150, 1330

Records: Galaxy 3-5-1, Montreal 3-5-2.

Record vs. Montreal: First meeting.

Update: David Beckham's North American Tour stops in Montreal for the first time Saturday and the expansion Impact is bracing for a record crowd that could reach 60,000. But what kind of soccer will they see? The Galaxy, which has been struggling, played perhaps its worst match of the season last week in a home loss to the depleted New York Red Bulls. The Galaxy has gone three matches without a win, hasn't scored a goal in May and hasn't received a goal or assist from its big three of Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane since a mid-April road win in Colorado. In an effort to shake things up, the Galaxy took goalkeeper Brian Perk and defender Leonardo to Canada and at least one of the two could play Saturday. In four MLS seasons, Perk has played in just one match. The Impact , with former Galaxy standout Donovan Ricketts in goal, is heading in the other direction, having gone a month since losing an MLS match — although fatigue could be a factor since Montreal played Wednesday in the Canadian Championship in Toronto. The Galaxy will make one stop before heading home from Saturday's game, swinging by the White House on Tuesday to be congratulated by President Obama for winning last year's MLS Cup. After the ceremony the team will join First Lady Michelle Obama for a "Let's Move" soccer clinic for children on the South Lawn.

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