Galaxy Weekly Update: March 29

Galaxy get first season opening victory in six years

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German Alegria

Following their first season opening victory in six years, the LA Galaxy will
look to make it a perfect two for two on Thursday night when they host Chivas
USA at The Home Depot Center in the year’s first installment of the Honda
SuperClasico. The game, which is presented by Pechanga Resort and Casino, kicks
off at 8 p.m. with the first 15,000 fans to enter the stadium receiving a pair
of CheerStix courtesy of Pechanga and the Galaxy.

For fans
that cannot make it out to The Home Depot Center, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will
televise the game live nationally beginning at 8 p.m. Additionally,
the game can be heard locally in
Spanish on ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM and online around the world on the all
new lagalaxy.com. Both broadcasts start at 7:30 p.m. with their respective
pregame shows.

INJURY
REPORT

Galaxy
Injury Report

 

OUT
None
 

DOUBTFUL
None
 

QUESTIONABLE
Gregg Berhalter (Left
Knee – Soreness), Alan Gordon (Left
Knee – Bruise), Bryan Jordan (Left Upper Leg – Soreness), Jovan Kirovski (Left
Knee – Sprain), Eddie Lewis (Left Foot – Contusion), Clint Mathis (Left Knee –
Surgery)

PROBABLE
None

TEAM
NOTES

 SET FOR THE START
OF SUPERCLASICO:
Thursday night’s game between the
Galaxy and Chivas USA will be the first of two legs of
the Honda SuperClasico in 2010. The Galaxy are once again the defending
SuperClasico champions, going 2-0-1 against Chivas USA last season, winning a
pair of 1-0 games in addition to a 0-0 draw for their fourth SuperClasico title
in five years.

All-time LA is 4-0-1 in their first
meeting of the season with Chivas USA, winning every year from 2005-08
before playing to a 0-0 draw in the first leg last season. In those four wins,
LA outscored their in-stadium rivals 13-5, winning 3-1 in 2005, 2-1 in 2006, 3-1
in 2007 and 5-2 in 2008 – a game that still ranks as the highest scoring game in
the history of the Honda SuperClasico.

 A SHORTER
SUPERCLASICO:
For the first time since the debut
of the Honda SuperClasico in 2005, the Galaxy and Chivas USA
will play one another just twice this season, with each club hosting one of the
two games. Each of the first three years the trophy was fought for, the two
teams met in the regular season four times, while they met three times in each
of the past two seasons.

The Galaxy have won the SuperClasico
Trophy four times in five years, winning in 2005, 2006, 2008 and
2009.

The second leg of this year’s
SuperClasico, in which Chivas USA will be the home team, will be played on
Sunday, October 3.

 OFF TO A GOOD
START:
The Galaxy’s win on Saturday night
was their first in a season opener dating back to the 2004 season. In that game,
Andreas Herzog, Jovan Kirovski and
Carlos Ruiz all scored as the Galaxy defeated New
England 3-2. However, since then, the Galaxy had been 0-3-2 in their
season openers before Saturday’s win.

LA is now 7-6-2 all-time in their 15
regular season openers and 10-4-1 all-time in home
openers.

 BUDDLE’S FAST
START:
Edson Buddle’s goal in the sixth
minute of Saturday night’s win over New England
was the Galaxy’s fastest-ever goal in a season opener. Prior to that goal, the
Galaxy’s earliest goal in a season opener was in 1999 when Clint Mathis scored
the 14th minute of LA’s 2-1 shootout win over Colorado at the Rose
Bowl.

 DONOVAN ON THE
SCORESHEET:
With his assist on Edson Buddle’s
first half goal on Saturday night, Landon Donovan now has five goals and four
assists in the Galaxy’s five home openers since he joined the club. Donovan had
two goals and an assist in his first ever home game as a member of the Galaxy in
2005 and then added two goals in last year’s season opening 2-2 draw with D.C.
United on March 22.

He also added a goal and an assist
in a 2-0 win over San
Jose in the 2008 home opener and an assist in the home
opening defeat to FC Dallas in 2007.

In 2008 and 2009, Donovan either
scored or assisted on each of the Galaxy’s first eight goals of the season and
in 2007 he scored or assisted on each of their first seven
goals.

A SHUTOUT TO
START THE SEASON:
Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts
was only called upon to make one save on Saturday night as the Galaxy opened the
season with a shutout for just the third time in club
history.

The last time the Galaxy opened the
season with a clean sheet was in 2007 when the club earned a 0-0 draw with the
defending MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium. Prior to that,
the only other time that the Galaxy did not allow a goal in their season opener
was in 1997 when they lost 1-0 in a shootout to the defending MLS Cup champion
D.C. United after finishing tied 0-0 after 90 minutes of
regulation.

If LA can shutout Chivas USA on
Thursday night, it would give the Galaxy consecutive shutouts to open the season
for the first time in club history.

 HALFWAY THERE:
With their win over New England, the Galaxy are now halfway to rewarding fans
through a special Win Two, Get One promotion. Any fan who purchased tickets to
each of the Galaxy’s first two games through this promotion, will receive a free
ticket to the rematch of MLS Cup 2009 when LA hosts Real Salt
Lake at The Home Depot Center on April
17 if the Galaxy defeat Chivas USA on Thursday
night.

BRITNIGHT RETURNS
TO THE HOME
DEPOT CENTER:
For the third straight
season, BritNight returns to The Home Depot Center on Saturday, April 17 as part
of BritWeek 2010. Prior to the Galaxy’s MLS Cup 2009 rematch with Real Salt
Lake, fans will be able to watch a celebrity soccer game featuring a host of
British celebrities from the worlds of film, music sports and television taking
on a collection of celebrities from around the
world.

Some of the celebrities who are
scheduled to appear at the game include actor Michael Sheen, celebrity chef and
TV star Gordon Ramsey and many more.

BritNight
is one event of many that make up BritWeek 2010, a month-long celebration of
British culture and influences to Los Angeles,
Orange County and San Francisco. To learn more about BritWeek and
the various events, please visit www.britweek.org.

COMMUNITY

GALAXY FOUNDATION
TO HOST ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT:
On Friday, April 2, the LA Galaxy
Foundation and The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation will host the Fourth
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at The Home Depot Center's Track & Field Stadium. LA
Galaxy forward Edson Buddle, defenders Todd Dunivant and Omar Gonzalez will be
on hand for the event, which features a series of fun and interactive activities
for children, including the Easter Egg Hunt, Radio Disney, Farmer John and The
Home Depot. The Easter Egg Hunt will feature 450 children, ages 1-10, who
registered online. 

YOUTH ACADEMY

GALAXY ACADEMY TEAMS FIND SUCCESS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:
The LA Galaxy Youth Academy teams
were back in action last weekend as both the U-16 and U-18 squads made their way
to Northern California for a pair of games against the De Anza Force and
California
Development Academy.

On Saturday, both Galaxy teams were
victorious against De Anza, with the U-16’s claiming a come from behind 3-2 win
and the U-18’s winning 5-2. The U-16’s trailed 2-0 after just 20 minutes, but
two goals from Juan Mendoza and one from Drew Murphy gave the squad the victory.
For the U-18’s, Eric Verso recorded a hat trick while Christian Alvarado and
Riley Wolfe added solo tallies in their victory

The following day, the U-16’s
suffered a 3-0 defeat to the California Development Academy, again falling behind 2-0 early,
this time inside the game’s opening 10 minutes. But this time, there would be no
comeback and the hosts sealed the win with a third goal 10 minutes before the
final whistle. Later in the day, the U-18’s grabbed their second win of the
weekend, reversing the U-16’s score in a 3-0 victory, with Christian Alvarado
scoring twice and Trent Clifton adding a third.

NEED TO
KNOW

 MEDIA PARKING AT
TRAINING:
All media members are asked to enter
through Gate A, off Avalon
Blvd., and to park in Lot 18 when attending Galaxy training sessions at The Home
Depot Center. Members of the media who park in Lot 6, across from University
Fields 1 and 2, during training sessions may be ticketed by California State University – Dominguez
Hills.

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