Galaxy Weekly Update: May 24

Galaxy Face Columbus on Saturday Night in Battle of MLS Unbeatens

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Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora

The LA Galaxy will face their toughest challenge of the 2010 season this weekend
when they travel to Ohio to take on the Eastern Conference leading Columbus
Crew. The only two unbeaten teams remaining in MLS will face off at Columbus
Crew Stadium on Saturday night in a game that kicks off at 4:30 p.m. (PT). The
Galaxy are a league-best 8-0-2 for 26 points, leaving them 10 points clear at
the top of the Western Conference while the Crew are 6-0-2 on the season for 20
points, leaving them five points clear at the top of the Eastern
Conference.

Fox
Sports West will broadcast Saturday’s game live at 4:30 p.m., starting with the
Galaxy Live pregame show at 4
p.m. The game will also be available locally on the radio, with KTLK 1150 AM and
ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM carrying the game live in English and Spanish
respectively starting with their pregame shows at 4
p.m.

 

THE
WEEK THAT WAS

Thursday,
May 20, 2010; Galaxy 1 – FC Dallas 0 – Pizza Hut
Park – Attendance:
10,947

The
Galaxy remained unbeaten on the season with a 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Thursday
at Pizza
Hut Park. Mike Magee scored his first goal of
the season in the 17th minute, finishing off a feed from 19-year-old
Tristan Bowen, who was making his first career start. Donovan Ricketts made
three saves in the game to give the club their fourth straight clean sheet and
extend their streak of not allowing a goal to 366 minutes, the longest such
streak in MLS this season.

Saturday,
May 22, 2010; Galaxy U-16’s 0 – LAFC Chelsea U-16’s 2 – La Canada High
School

The
Galaxy U-16’s were shutout for the first time in nearly two months, falling 2-0
at LAFC Chelsea. LAFC were ahead 1-0 at the half and then added a second late on
to seal the win and solidify their hold on third place in the Division. 

Saturday,
May 22, 2010; Galaxy U-18’s 3 – LAFC Chelsea U-18’s 2 – La Canada High
School

Gyasi
Zardes scored twice and Christian Alvarado added a second half penalty kick as
the Galaxy overturned a 2-0 halftime deficit to pull out a 3-2 road win over
LAFC Chelsea. The Galaxy were behind 2-0 at the break before Zardes cut the lead
in half early in the second half with his first goal. Alvarado then tied the
game with two minutes left with his team-best ninth goal of the year. That goal
set up the game’s exciting finale, with Zardes scoring his second goal of the
game in second half stoppage time to give his team their third win in the last
four games.

Sunday,
May 23, 2010; Galaxy 1 – Boca Juniors 0 – The Home Depot Center – Attendance:
18,267

Josh
Saunders made 13 saves and Tristan Bowen scored his first-ever goal for the club
as the Galaxy defeated Boca Juniors 1-0 in an international friendly at The Home
Depot Center. Bowen scored the game’s only goal in the 83rd minute,
finishing off a pass from Michael Stephens, who flicked a Mike Magee cross into
his path to give LA the win. The Galaxy are now 2-0-1 in international
friendlies this season, defeating Puntarenas FC of Costa Rica on March 10 and
playing to a 0-0 draw with CD Aguila of El Salvador on March
21.

INJURY
REPORT

OUT
None

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
Alan
Gordon (Right Quad –
Strain), Dema Kovalenko (Right Hamstring – Strain), Leonardo (Right Quad –
Strain)

PROBABLE - None

TEAM
NOTES

UNBEATEN STREAK
REACHES 13:
With the 1-0 win over FC Dallas on
Thursday night, the Galaxy stretched their unbeaten streak to 10 games to the
start of the season and 13 regular season games overall dating back to the end
of the 2009 season. The Galaxy are now 8-0-2 for an MLS-best 26 points on the
season, leaving them 10 points ahead of Houston, Real Salt Lake and San Jose,
who are all tied with 16 points, in the Western Conference standings. Against
those three teams, the Galaxy are 2-0-0 this season, winning at Houston and at home against Real Salt Lake.

Dating back to the end of the 2009
regular season, the Galaxy are unbeaten in their last 13 games, going 10-0-3 in
that time and taking 33 of a possible 39 points. LA has kept a clean sheet in 11
of those 13 games and have not trailed in any of them. This is the fifth
unbeaten streak of 10 games or more in Galaxy history and the second longest
unbeaten streak in club history.

From September 7, 1997 until May 17,
1998, the Galaxy won a club record 15 straight games, with all but one of those
wins being settled in regulation, as opposed to a shootout, which was used to
decide tie games from 1996-1999. That streak is the second longest in MLS
history, four games shorter than the Columbus Crew’s MLS record 19-game unbeaten
streak that began in July 2004 and was ended in April
2005.

The last time the Galaxy lost was on
September 26, 2009 when they fell 2-0 to this weekend’s opponent, the Columbus
Crew, who are the only other undefeated team in the league this
season.

SHUTOUT STREAK
EXTENDED:
After their 1-0 win at FC Dallas on
Thursday night, the Galaxy have now gone 366 consecutive minutes without
allowing a goal this season. That streak, which dates back to the
84th minute of the 3-1 win over Philadelphia on May 1, is the longest in the
league this year.

Of the 10 longest consecutive
minutes without allowing a goal streaks in the league this season, three are
owned by the Galaxy. LA opened the season by going 311 minutes without allowing
a goal before Kyle Beckerman scored for Real Salt
Lake in a 2-1 Galaxy win at
The Home Depot Center. That is the fourth longest shutout streak in the league
this season. After that goal, Galaxy goalkeepers went 223 minutes before
allowing another goal, to Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney, for the eighth
longest streak in MLS this season.

PERFECT AGAINST
THE WEST:
Following their 1-0 win over FC
Dallas on Thursday night, the Galaxy are now a perfect 6-0-0 against fellow
Western Conference opposition. Of those six wins, four have come on the road,
with the Galaxy winning at Colorado, Dallas, Houston and
Seattle, giving
LA 12 points on the road against conference foes this season
already.

With three road games against
Western Conference opposition remaining on the schedule, the Galaxy already have
more points on the road against conference opposition than they had in all of
2009 when they went 1-1-6 for nine points. Including home games last season, the
Galaxy were 4-5-7 against the Western Conference last season for 19 points – one
more than they have in six games this season. With a draw in any of their final
eight games against the West, the Galaxy can match their point total from last
season against their conference opposition.

BOWEN ON THE
BOARD:
It was quite a week for Galaxy
forward Tristan Bowen as he made the first start of his MLS career on Thursday
against FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park. The 19-year-old forward had appeared in two
games this season as a second half substitute, but was making his first start
for the club against FCD. That appearance became even more memorable in the
17th minute when Bowen raced onto a Chris Klein through ball and drew
Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman off his line before squaring the ball back
across the face of goal for Mike Magee to slot home for his first goal of the
season, a goal that gave LA a 1-0 win.

The week got even better for Bowen
on Sunday afternoon when he again started and played the full 90 minutes up
front in the friendly with Boca Juniors. With the score tied 0-0 late in the
game, Bowen got free in the box and slid a low shot past Boca goalkeeper Javier
Garcia for his first goal with the club, giving the Galaxy a 1-0
victory.

TRISTAN MAKES 22:
With Bowen starting on Thursday
against FC Dallas, the Galaxy have now had 22 of the 25 players on the club’s
roster start at least one regular season game this season. The only players not
to start a game for Bruce Arena’s squad this season are midfielder David
Beckham, who is currently recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles
tendon and is not eligible to play for the Galaxy until the transfer window
re-opens, midfielder Clint Mathis, who has come off the bench in each of the
club’s last five regular season games and defender Yohance Marshall, who has
been on loan with the Austin Aztex of the USSF Division 2 Pro League for most of
the season, though he was on the bench for the win at FC
Dallas.

MATHIS FROM THE
START:
Midfielder Clint Mathis made his
first start since re-joining the Galaxy in January on Sunday evening, playing 80
minutes up front in the 1-0 win over Boca Juniors. Mathis, who missed most of
the preseason while recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his
left knee, made his season debut in the 3-1 win over Philadelphia on May 1 and
has played in each of the Galaxy’s last five regular season games, coming on as
a second half substitute and playing between 13-25 minutes in
each.

MARSHALL RETURNS TO
AUSTIN:
After being an unused
substitute against FC Dallas and playing the final 45 minutes of the 1-0 win
over Boca Juniors on Sunday evening, second year Galaxy defender Yohance
Marshall has returned to Austin ahead of his team’s game against Miami
FC on Wednesday. The 24-year-old center back has played in seven games for the
Aztex while helping them to a league-best 4-1-2 record for 14
points.

JOSH SAUNDERS
SITS DOWN FOR CUP OF JOE:
Tune-in to the Galaxy's weekly live
web show, Cup of Joe, with radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tutino. On Wednesday
afternoon, goalkeeper Josh Saunders will sit down with Tutino to discuss his
performance against Boca Juniors, the life of a goalkeeper in MLS and much more.
The show will air live at 12:30 p.m. on the Galaxy’s website, www.lagalaxy.com, where it will also be
archived for future viewing.

Fans can participate asking by
questions either beforehand or live during the chat. Start submitting questions
for Dave now to socialmedia@lagalaxy.com.

YOUTH ACADEMY

GALAXY ACADEMY HEAD TO FLORIDA FOR SHOWCASE: The LA Galaxy Youth
Academy teams head to Sarasota, Fla.
this week for three games at the annual U.S. Soccer Development Academy Spring
Showcase. Both Galaxy teams will play on Friday, Sunday and Monday before
returning to Los Angeles for the final two games
of the Development
Academy regular
season.

Both the U-16’s and U-18’s will open
the Showcase against North Carolina’s CASL Chelsea FC Academy on Friday before
facing NJSA 04 of New Jersey on Sunday and rounding things out against St. Louis
Scott Gallagher Metro from Missouri on Monday.

This is the second straight season
in which the Spring Showcase is held at the Sarasota Polo Club. In 2009, the
Galaxy U-16’s went 2-1-0 there while the U-18’s recorded a 1-1-1
record.

With two games left in their
Development
Academy divisional
schedule, the Galaxy U-18’s are currently in third place in their division,
giving them a berth in the postseason at this time. If the Galaxy win one of
their final two games, they will be assured of a top three spot and a potential
postseason berth, while two wins in those games would give them a second place
finish in the division and a guaranteed postseason
berth.

The U-16’s, who are currently tied
for fifth place in their division, also have two games left in the division.
They will need to win both of their games in two weeks time in order to possibly
qualify for the postseason.

RILEY WOLFE GETS
U-18 NATIONAL TEAM CALL:
Galaxy U-18 midfielder Riley Wolfe
has been included in the U.S. Under-18 squad that travelled to Portugal for the Lisbon International
Tournament late last week. A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Wolfe has played in 18 games with the
Galaxy U-18’s this season, scoring five goals. He will miss this week’s Spring
Showcase in Sarasota,
Fla. before returning for his
team’s final two games of the season.

Mike Matkovich’s team travelled to
Lisbon, Portugal on Friday for the start of
the 10-day trip. While in Lisbon, Wolfe and the
rest of the U.S. Under-18’s will face Norway on Thursday, Romania on Friday and Portugal on Sunday before returning
home next Monday.

IN THE
COMMUNITY

COPA LA KICK’S
OFF IN RIVERSIDE THIS WEEKEND:
The LA Galaxy’s Ninth Annual Copa
LA, presented by La Curacao, will kickoff this Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-31)
at the Ab Brow Sports Complex.

More than 150 teams ranging from
Under-9 to Under-19 in boys and girls divisions will compete in the event. Group
preliminary matches will be played Saturday and Sunday with the semifinals and
finals in each age category to be contested on
Monday.

Copa LA, a tournament for
unaffiliated Hispanic youth soccer teams, provides an opportunity for players to
be seen by Galaxy scouts as well as their counterparts from Southland
colleges.

GALAXY FOUNDATION
SHOT OF THE WEEK:
At each LA Galaxy home game, fans
are invited to visit the Galaxy Foundation Booth to place your bid on the Galaxy
Foundation's Shot of the Week presented by MoraPhotography.com.  Each photo will
be signed by the player or players featured. All proceeds benefit the Los
Angeles Galaxy Foundation.

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KNOW

 

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