LA Galaxy vs New England Revolution
Coming off an impressive 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders in the first game of the season, the LA Galaxy, who was without three of their starting players including goalie Donovan Ricketts, played their home opener in a rough-weather game against the New England Revolution on March 20. The Kicks for Kids participants helped kick-off the start of the 2011 Season by braving through the heavy rain and wind as they arrived to cheer on their LA Galaxy. The Kicks for Kid groups received blue ponchos as they entered the stadium to minimize the uneasiness of watching a soccer game in the rain.
The Galaxy battled the difficult weather conditions but faced an even tougher battle on the field as three of their four goals were disallowed due to offside and foul calls. After the Revolution took the early lead, Galaxy midfielder Juninho blasted the equalizer to the back of the net in the 39th minute. Groups like the Asian Youth Center jumped to their feet to cheer on the first goal of the 2011 LA Galaxy season. At half-time the groups made their way to one of the concessions stands to refill on hot chocolate and re-group for the second half.
The second half mirrored the first half for the Galaxy as their late winning goal by Galaxy forward Juan Pablo Angel was called back due to offside. Even with the rough weather and tough calls, the participants from the Asian Youth Center, Long Beach Cesar Chavez League, Orange County Youth Commission, and YPI 21st Century Kids/Rock on Education still enjoyed their time cheering on the Galaxy. The children in attendance did not let the pouring rain distract them from cheering on their favorite team. The New England Revolution equalized the score and the Galaxy was unable to add more goals to the score sheet and finished their first home match on a 1-1 tie.
The Galaxy Foundation and its Kicks for Kids Community Partners would like to thank all who participated in Sunday's home opener and look forward to seeing everyone return for future home games!