DeLaGarza expects to be ready for MLS Cup

A.J. DeLaGarza, the LA Galaxy's best defender in 2014, was the only starter on the four MLS conference finalists out of action in the second legs because of injury, but he says he should be ready for Sunday's MLS Cup.

DeLaGarza did not dress on Sunday night in Seattle because of a hamstring injury. He had begun the MLS playoffs in the middle alongside Omar Gonzalez but moved to right back for the second leg against Real Salt Lake that the Galaxy won, 5-0. He also played at right back in the first leg of the conference finals against Seattle but came off after an hour of its 1-0 win.

“I feel a lot better, will be ready to play this weekend,” DeLaGarza said on a national conference on Monday afternoon. “It was just a factor of turf and the weather was not good to go out there."

Without DeLaGarza, the Galaxy's Defender of the Year, the Galaxy conceded its first two goals in the playoffs after three shutouts but advanced to Sunday's final against New England thanks to its away goal in the 2-1 loss to Seattle.

“You saw Ozzie Alonso had two weeks to prepare for that," DeLaGarza said of the Seattle captain, who missed the first leg with a hamstring injury, "and he was still struggling with his hamstring. I thought it was smart on our behalf just to get a guy in there who's fresh and ready, and it paid off at the end, and we won.”

Dan Gargan, who started 29 games during the regular season, took DeLaGarza's place at right back.
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