Galaxy Off to Perfect Start in 2010

Compared to '09, the Galaxy are flying out of the gates this year

After two games of the 2009 MLS season, the Galaxy were still searching for
their identity.

The new-look club was still trying to piece things together, but things
weren’t going that well. The Galaxy tied D.C. United 2-2 and lost to Colorado 3-2 after two
games, both at home.

After two games this season, the club is miles ahead of that point a year
ago. Two shutout victories have given LA a near-perfect start and their six
points are a far better haul compared to 2009.

“You obviously can’t ask for a better start than that,” Galaxy defender Todd
Dunivant said.

Scoring goals has thus far been Edson Buddle’s responsibility -- he has
bagged all three of the season thus far. Setting them up has been Landon
Donovan’s job -- he has assisted on all three of Buddle’s goals.

But Dunivant said the defense has been a big reason for the club’s success.

“We defended well again [against Chivas USA], got another shutout and
you’re going to be tough to beat when you don’t give up goals,” he said.

The Galaxy ended the 2009 season just narrowly missing out on the title,
bowing out to Real Salt Lake in
penalty kicks at MLS Cup ’09 in Seattle.
But the team had to improve by leaps and bounds to reach that point.

Early last season, the Galaxy were struggling for any sort of success. Their
first win didn't come until May 2, a 1-0 victory over New York. The next one, however, didn't
follow until June 6 vs. Toronto FC.

By the first day of April of this year, the Galaxy had two wins and six
points. It’s the start the club dreamed and it is matched only by the New York
Red Bulls.

“I try to meditate on starting this way for it to actually happen and it’s
just a blessing,” Buddle said. “You’ve got to visualize. You’ve got to have
that dream and it’s starting the way I wanted it too.”

The Galaxy now face a challenge to maintain their hot streak. On Saturday, Los Angeles travels to Houston
before returning home to play MLS Cup champions Real Salt Lake on April 17.

“We’ve learned how to win which is very important,” Dunivant said. “You
can’t underestimate that, and we know we can be a lot better. We’ll continue to
improve but the basis of the work rate and having an understanding of knowing
how to win is very important.”