Galaxy Weekly Update: June 14
midst of a two-week break for the First Round of the FIFA World Cup, the LA
Galaxy will return to training on Tuesday for the first of three sessions this
week at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy lost for the first time this season in
their final game before the break, falling 1-0 on the road to Real Salt
Lake and will look to get back to their
winning ways on June 26 when they travel north to Canada
to take on Toronto FC.
WEEK THAT WAS
June 9, 2010; Galaxy 0 – Real
Salt Lake 1 – Rio Tinto
Stadium – Attendance: 19,513
Galaxy’s club record 15-game unbeaten streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss to
Salt Lake. Javier Morales scored the game’s
only goal in the 80th minute, beating Donovan Ricketts from close
range despite claims of offside from Ricketts and the rest of the Galaxy
defense. Even with the loss, the Galaxy remain nine points clear of second place
RSL in the Western Conference heading into the two-week World Cup break, which
began on Friday.
June 9, 2010; Galaxy U-20’s 1 – Chivas USA U-20’s 3 – Bell
June 11, 2010; Galaxy U-20’s 3 – SUSA – Everton
U-20’s 0 – The Home Depot
June 12, 2010; Galaxy U-20’s 6 – Lancaster
Rattlers U-20’s 0 – The Home Depot
SNAPPED: The Galaxy’s 15-game unbeaten run
came to an end on Wednesday night when they fell 1-0 at Real Salt Lake. That loss was the Galaxy’s first in
a regular season game since September 26, 2009 when they lost 2-0 at Columbus. The 15 games
without a loss tied the Galaxy’s club record for longest unbeaten streak and
were the second most in MLS history. Only the Columbus Crew played more than 15
straight games without a loss, going 19 straight games without a defeat from
July 2004 until April 2005.
Additionally, the Galaxy tied an MLS
record that they set in 1996 and that the Kansas City Wizards matched in 2000,
opening the season without a loss in 12 consecutive
During the 15-game unbeaten run, the
Galaxy went 12-0-3 and outscored their opponents 25-3 and keeping 12 clean
sheets. In 1,350 minutes of play during those 15 games, the Galaxy never trailed
and got goals from 11 different players as well as an own goal. Edson Buddle led
the way with nine goals while Landon Donovan and Jovan Kirovski each added
The team that the Galaxy faced the
most during the run was Houston, who met LA three times in those 15 games. The
Galaxy were 2-0-1 against the Dynamo, playing to a 0-0 draw at Houston on
October 18, 2009 before beating them twice this season, first a 2-0 win at
Houston on April 10 and then a 4-1 home win at The Home Depot Center on June 5,
the Galaxy’s final game before losing to RSL.
FIRST LOSS: Since MLS discontinued the shootout
to decide games before the 2000 season, the Galaxy are 6-2-3 following their
first defeat of the season. In the last six years, LA is 4-0-2 after their first
loss of the season, outscoring opponents 12-4.
In 2009, the Galaxy lost a total of
six regular season games and only lost consecutive games once, falling 2-0 to
Real Salt Lake at
home on June 13 and then losing 2-1 at San Jose a week later. Only one other time in
Bruce Arena’s tenure with the Galaxy has the club lost two consecutive
PLENTY OF TIME
OFF: Between Wednesday’s game at
Salt Lake and the game at Toronto on June 26, the Galaxy will go 15 days
between regular season games. This will be their longest in-season stretch
without a game since midway through the 2007 season. That year, the Galaxy did
not play a regular season MLS game between a 2-2 home draw with Kansas City on July 7 and a
0-0 draw at Toronto FC on August 5. In between those games, the Galaxy lost a
U.S. Open Cup Third Round game to the Richmond Kickers (USL – 2nd
Division), played against Tigres UANL and Chelsea FC in the World Series of
Football at The Home Depot Center and played three group stage games at the
inaugural SuperLiga tournament, defeating Pachuca 2-1 at The Home Depot Center,
losing 2-1 to Chivas at the L.A. Coliseum and beating FC Dallas 6-5 at Pizza Hut
DONOVAN PLAY IN DRAW WITH ENGLAND: Galaxy forwards Edson
Buddle and Landon Donovan were in the lineup for the United States as they opened their 2010 FIFA
World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw with England on Saturday. Donovan started
and played the full 90 minutes for the U.S., collecting his 124th cap for the
U.S. and appearing in his
ninth World Cup game, tying Eddie Pope for the fifth most in U.S.
Buddle made his World Cup debut in
the 77th minute of that game, replacing Robbie Findley. Buddle earned
his fourth cap in that game.
Both players will be looking to be
back on the field on Friday when the U.S. takes on Group C leaders Slovenia. That game kicks off at 7
a.m. (PT) and can be seen live on ESPN. For viewing party information, visit www.lagalaxy.com/worldcupviewingparties.
CUP OF JOE WITH
CLINT MATHIS: Tune-in to the Galaxy's weekly live
web show, Cup of Joe, with radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tutino. On Thursday
afternoon at halftime of the World Cup game between Mexico and France
(approximately 12:15 p.m.), Clint Mathis will joining Tutino to discuss the
first half of the Galaxy’s season, his return to the club the World Cup and much
more. The show will air live on the Galaxy’s website, www.lagalaxy.com/cupofjoe, where it will also be archived for future
Fans can participate asking by
questions either beforehand or live during the chat. Start submitting questions
for Clint now to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOVE UP TO THIRD
PLACE WITH PAIR OF WINS: After
dropping their season opener against Chivas USA on
Wednesday night, the LA Galaxy U-20’s recovered to claim wins on Friday and
Saturday to improve to 2-1-0 on the season. The Galaxy opened their season with
a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chivas USA, but rebounded to defeat the previously
– Everton, 3-0 at The Home Depot Center. The following day, the Galaxy made it
two home wins in as many days, beating the Lancaster Rattlers
Chivas USA and SUSA – Everton remain
in first place in the USL Super-20 League, Pacific Southern California standings
with nine points, while the Galaxy are close behind with six points and a game
in hand on each of those two clubs. All six teams in the division will play each
other twice, meaning that each team will play 10 games before the season ends in
mid-July, with the Division champion being invited to the North American Finals,
which will be held from July 30-August 2.
The U-20’s are back in action on
Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. when they host the Southern California Seahorses at
The Home Depot Center.
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE SET: The LA Galaxy U-18 team will travel
Carolina next week for the Development Academy Playoffs,
which will be held in Browns Summit, N.C. from June 25-29. A total of 32 teams
qualified for the U-18 Academy Playoffs, with the Galaxy garnering the #15 seed
in the tournament.
They will open postseason play
against FC Greater Boston (#22 seed) on Saturday, June 26 at 9
a.m. (PT). They are back in action the next day, Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. (PT)
when they take on the Clearwater Chargers (#27 seed) before rounding out group
play on Tuesday, June 29 when they play FC Dallas (#7 seed) at 8 a.m.
The 32 playoff teams are divided
into eight groups of four, with all eight group winners moving on to the
Development Academy Finals, which will be held at The Home Depot Center from
VIEWING PARTIES FOR U.S.-SLOVENIA WORLD CUP MATCH AT ESPN ZONES AT LA LIVE AND
ANAHEIM ON FRIDAY: Fans looking to see the U.S.
National Team play their second game in Group C action of the 2010 FIFA World
Cup against Slovenia on Friday morning are invited to free viewing parties that
will be held at ESPN Zones at LA Live and Anaheim. For more information and the
complete list of the club’s Official Viewing Locations for every game throughout
the World Cup, go to www.lagalaxy.com/worldcupviewingparties.
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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UPDATES?: If you are looking for continuous
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