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Soccer Weekend: Can the Revolution neutralize Zlatan like they did Rooney?

Last week the Revolution went up against a DC United team that was exactly as advertised: we saw ball after ball go straight into Wayne Rooney, and the Revs’ defending corps were up for the challenge. They smartly negated Rooney’s influence on the match from the run of play, clearing the ball before it got to him in the attacking third.

Can lightning strike a second consecutive time when The Boys In Blue head to Carson to take on another European star in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Los Angeles Galaxy (Sunday, 10:30 p.m.)?

On low line drives, quite possibly. Simply marking the Lion and waiting for the incoming service, much like they did with Rooney, will keep Zlatan — yes, we’re going with his first name — honest. But aerial service… Zlatan is 6-foot-5, and you can’t teach height. Marking at that point is useless, and the only thing stopping the Swede from scoring is either poor aim or the rock-hard hands of Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton.

Is it possible to beat the Galaxy? Of course it is. Colorado — you read that right, Colorado — did it a couple of weeks ago. Can the Revs beat them? Remains to be seen.

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