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Arena expects Olave, Borchers to start Sunday for Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis might say his two starting center backs are questionable for Sunday's Western Conference Championship clash with the LA Galaxy, but Bruce Arena is having none of it.

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The Galaxy coach has game planned for Jamison Olave and Nat Borchers, both rehabbing quad strains that kept them out of Wednesday's playoff semifinal at Seattle.

"Any way Salt Lake lines up in the back they have a good group," Arena said Friday during a conference call. "Borchers and Olave are among the best center backs [in MLS] and to be honest, I expect them to play."

Meanwhile, Arena's midfield star David Beckham did not train Friday, recovering from his own knocks during the Galaxy's victory against New York on Thursday. Arena said Beckham did not have a concussion.

"We haven't spent a lot of time on Salt Lake," Arena said. "The big focus is to get our team ready for Sunday. Playoff preparations are a lot easier, we've seen all the teams play."



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