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Chivas USA's Tony Lochhead suspended vs. LA Galaxy, leading to another back line shake-up

More changes coming, but at least the team had a week to prepare for this one.

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Chivas USA center back Tony Lochhead will not be available for selection due to suspension for Sunday's game against the LA Galaxy.

The 32-year-old New Zealander has found himself in the good graces of Wilmer Cabrera as he has started the last four games. With his suspension due to yellow card accumulation, however, the defensive four will have to be altered.

Cabrera will likely keep his preferred fullback tandem of Donny Toia at left back and Japanese right back Akira Kaji but the center back pairing will be the question mark.

With Carlos Bocanegra still indefinitely sidelined with a concussion, there is no obvious choice for Lochhead's replacement.  Lochhead's centerback partner for the past three games, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, could keep his place in the squad, but that is not a guarantee as some other options in the center are possible.

Cabrera could slot Eriq Zavaleta back into the side, but last time he saw the field with Jean-Baptiste it was during the 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Colorado Rapids four matches ago.

Bobby Burling is also off of the injury report as of last week and could see a return to the center of defense, he has not featured since the 1-0 win against the Montreal Impact in early July.

Fans would certainly be excited to see new signing Jhon Kennedy Hurtado debut in the big game. The Colombian was acquired from the Chicago Fire last week and would instantly offer some experience at the back.

So essentially Cabrera could throw out any combination of Jean-Baptiste, Zavaleta, Burling, Hurtado or even one of CUSA's defensive midfielders (they aren't lacking in numbers there) on Sunday night to deal with the LA Galaxy's attacking combos.

Whoever Cabrera selects will have their work cut out for them in shutting down the Galaxy's prolific front men for one of the most important games in the club's history.

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