Sounders Insider

Saturday comes: Sounders at Galaxy, 8 p.m.

Important match with second-place in the West on the line ... plus the debut of the Sounders' blue kits. How can we wait?

Well, in part with some reading material counting down the hours to the annoyingly late 8 p.m. kickoff.

Here's my preview story from today's paper.

Here's a story from the LA Times on how the Galaxy is dealing with Landon Donovan's swine flu diagnosis and how to keep it from running through the rest of the team.

That story also included this brief preview box:

Update: The Galaxy's gradual rise up the MLS standings has seen it climb to second place in the Western Conference and fourth place overall in the league. Coach Bruce Arena said Friday no decision would be made before game time on the availability of Landon Donovan, who was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. Forwards Alecko Eskandarian (broken nose) and Edson Buddle (sprained right foot) are out. The Sounders are led by former Swedish international midfielder Freddie Ljungberg. Seattle, coached by former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid and feature former Galaxy players Peter Vagenas, Tyrone Marshall, Nate Jaqua and Nathan Sturgis. Seattle is winless in its last three games. The Galaxy is unbeaten in its last six games, winning five.

Here's the LA Daily News' Galaxy coverage.

And finally, here's the MLS Match Center, which will keep you updated on all the league's action. Sounders-Galaxy is probably the game of the day, but there are a few others that are interesting to the tight Western race: Houston at Salt Lake, Chivas at New York, and even heating FCDallas at hot Columbus. If Dallas wins that, Seattle suddenly has another Western opponent to worry about.