There is a long list of stars potentially available for Saturday’s game between Sounders FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
As a start, there is Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Robbie Keane, Obafemi Martins, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson among others.
That is a pretty impressive group, especially up front. And while Donovan has been carrying an ankle injury, Arena said they are playing on him being available.
Today I asked both coaches — two mainstays in MLS — if they feel the collection of talent could make Saturday at the StubHub Center one of the most star-studded games that we’ve seen in the league.
Here is Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid: “Yeah, for sure. I think when both teams are 100-percent healthy and everybody is out there on the field, arguably you could say from an MLS standpoint that’s about as much firepower as two teams on the field have. But at the end of the day, teams win championships, not individuals. Individuals are part of a team, and I think within that, they’re up on us a little bit. We still have to do that part of it. So once we’ve done that part of it, we can compare ourselves.”
And Galaxy coach Bruce Arena? “I haven’t thought about that a whole lot. Neither of these teams have accomplished anything yet this year, so I’m not ready to put either one of us on a pedestal right now. We have to play this game, play out the season, see how our respective teams do, but both teams certainly have good talent and are obviously teams that have the chance to be pretty good later on in the season. We’ll just have to wait and see, but I’ve coached some good teams in this league that have had some exceptional attacking players, as well, so I’m not sure where we point these teams at this point in time.”
* * *
What do you think of the potential display of talent in Saturday’s game?