Galaxy Weekly Update: May 31

Unbeaten Galaxy Host Houston in Final Home Game Before the World Cup Break

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Photo Credit: 
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Following their 2-0 win over the previously unbeaten Columbus Crew, the LA
Galaxy return home to take on the Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center. The
game, which is presented by Super Mario Galaxy 2, kicks off at 5 p.m. and will
be the club’s final home game before the two-week World Cup break, which begins
on June 10. Los Angeles defeated Houston 2-0 at Robertson
Stadium earlier this season and will look to complete the season sweep on
Saturday evening.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live nationally on Galavision at 5 p.m. in Spanish and on tape delay on Fox Sports West at 10 p.m., followed by a special postgame edition of Galaxy Live. The game will also be available live 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 4:30 p.m.

THE
WEEK THAT WAS

Friday,
May 28, 2010; Galaxy U-16’s 2 – CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-16’s 2 – Sarasota Polo
Club

Neil
Ignacio and Eric Gonzalez, who was playing with the Galaxy for the first time
since joining the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program last year, each scored four
minutes apart in the first half of a 2-2 draw with the CASL Chelsea FC Academy
to open their Spring Showcase schedule. 

Friday,
May 28, 2010; Galaxy U-18’s 2 – CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-18’s 2 – Sarasota Polo
Club

Mark
Vasquez and Christian Alvarado scored on either side of halftime as the Galaxy
overcame a 2-1 deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the CASL Chelsea FC Academy to
open their Spring Showcase schedule.

Saturday,
May 29, 2010; Galaxy 2 – Columbus Crew 0 –
Columbus Crew
Stadium – Attendance: 18,139

Michael
Stephens and Tristan Bowen scored on either side of halftime as the Galaxy
defeated the only other unbeaten team in MLS, winning 2-0 at Columbus on Saturday night.
Stephens scored the first goal of his MLS career in the 10th minute
to put LA in front and Bowen sealed the win with his first MLS goal in the
87th minute. Donovan Ricketts made four saves in the game for the
club’s fifth straight shutout in the league, extending their streak of not
allowing a goal to 456 minutes.

Sunday,
May 30, 2010; Galaxy U-16’s 1 – NJSA U-16’s 0 – Sarasota Polo
Club

Dyllan
Stevens scored the game’s only goal and Jeff Stamp kept a clean sheet as the
Galaxy won their first game of the Spring Showcase.

Sunday,
May 30, 2010; Galaxy U-18’s 2 – NJSA U-18’s 0 – Sarasota Polo
Club

Eric
Verso and Neil Ignacio each scored in the opening 25 minutes as the Galaxy
earned their first win of the Showcase, defeating NJSA 2-0. Vince Paldino played
the opening 85 minutes in goal for the Galaxy before being replaced by Josh
McNeely for the game’s final five minutes.

Monday,
May 31, 2010; Galaxy U-16’s 2 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro U-16’s 0 –
Sarasota Polo Club

Neil
Ignacio and Juan Mendoza scored on either side of halftime and Jeff Stamp and
Josh McNeely combined to keep a clean sheet as the Galaxy rounded out the Spring
Showcase with their second straight win and second straight clean sheet.

Monday,
May 31, 2010; Galaxy U-18’s 4 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro U-18’s 0 –
Sarasota Polo Club

The
Galaxy rounded out the Spring Showcase with their biggest win of the trip,
defeating St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro 4-0. Spencer Johnson, Trent Clifton
and Alan Rovira each scored in the first half and Dyllan Stevens added a fourth
after the break to round out the win. Vince Paldino kept a clean sheet in the
win, stretching the team’s streak of not allowing a goal to 264 consecutive
minutes.

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

ONE FROM RECORDS:
With the 2-0 win at Columbus on Saturday night,
the Galaxy stretched their unbeaten streak to
11 games to the start of the season and 14 regular season games overall dating
back to the end of the 2009 season. The Galaxy are now 9-0-2 for an MLS-best 29
points on the season, leaving them 10 points ahead of Real Salt Lake, who sit in
second place in the Western Conference standings with 19 points. The Galaxy
defeated RSL 2-1 at The Home Depot Center on April 17 and will complete the
season series with the club next Wednesday, June 9 at Rio Tinto
Stadium.

Dating back to the end of the 2009
regular season, the Galaxy are unbeaten in their last 14 games, going 11-0-3 in
that time and taking 36 of a possible 42 points. LA has kept a clean sheet in 12
of those 14 games and have not trailed in any of
them.

The Galaxy are now one game shy of
the club record 15-game unbeaten streak and one game shy of the club and MLS
record of consecutive games without a loss to open the
season.

In the club’s inaugural season in
1996, the Galaxy won their first 12 games, setting an MLS record for the longest
unbeaten streak at the start of the season.

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 the Columbus Crew.

SHUTOUT STREAK
EXTENDED:
After their 2-0 win at Columbus on Saturday night,
the Galaxy have now gone 456 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.

TWO NEW SCORERS:
Two more players scored their first
goal of the MLS season on Saturday, with Tristan Bowen and Michael Stephens each
tallying the first goal of their MLS careers. Stephens opened the scoring in the
10th minute, finishing a cross from Chris Birchall and Bowen sealed
the victory with a right-footed shot from 15-yards out late on off a Chris Klein
pass. Stephens and Bowen were the ninth and tenth different Galaxy players to
score a goal in MLS play this season. Of those 10, only Edson Buddle, who scored
nine of LA’s first 10 goals, has more than one
goal.

In 2009, the Galaxy did not register
their 10th different goalscorer until July 4 when Alecko Eskandarian
scored eight minutes into his Galaxy debut, a 1-0 win over New England. After Eskandarian’s goal, only two more
players scored their first goal of the season for LA over the second half of the
season, giving them 12 different goalscorers on the
season.

The Galaxy record for the most
amount of different goalscorers in a single season is 15, a mark that was set in
the inaugural 1996 season. The fewest goalscorers that the club has had in a
single season is 10, a mark that was set in 2006, the first year in club history
that the Galaxy missed the playoffs.

DONE WITH THE
DYNAMO:
Saturday’s game against the Dynamo
will be the second and final meeting of the year between the two sides. They
first met in Houston on April 10 with Edson Buddle scoring
twice to give the Galaxy a 2-0 victory, which was their first road win of the
season. With a win or a draw in this weekend, LA will win the season series
against the Dynamo for the second straight season after going 1-0-1 against them
in 2009.

The all-time season series between
the two sides, which began in 2006, is currently level with each team recording
identical 4-4-4
records. LA won just one of the first six meetings between the two sides
all-time but has now won three of the last six and are unbeaten in the last
three meetings, not including LA’s 2-0 extratime victory in last season’s
Western Conference Championship.

PERFECT AGAINST
THE WEST:
Following their 1-0 win over FC
Dallas on May 20, 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.

STEPHENS BLAST
NOMINATED FOR MLS GOAL OF THE WEEK:
Michael Stephens’ first
half goal in Columbus on Saturday has been nominated for the
AT&T Goal of the Week award. With the score tied 0-0 early in the first
half, Stephens got free inside the box and collected a Chris Birchall cross,
settled the ball once before driving a right-footed shot past Crew goalkeeper
Will Hesmer to give LA a 1-0 advantage.

Click here to
vote for the goal, which was also assisted on by Jovan Kirovski. Voting closes
at 10 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday.

TRISTAN BOWEN
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 Thursday
afternoon, Tristan Bowen will sit down with Tutino to discuss his recent run of
form that has seen him start and record either a goal or an assist in the
Galaxy’s last three games, Saturday’s visit of the Dynamo 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

PLAYOFF BERTHS ON
THE LINE FOR GALAXY
ACADEMY TEAMS:
The LA
Galaxy Youth Academy teams are back in Southern California this weekend
following their successful appearances at the annual U.S. Soccer Development
Academy Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Fla.
Both Galaxy teams will complete their Development Academy regular seasons this week with a
pair of games against Arsenal and the Irvine
Strikers.

On Saturday, the Galaxy Academy teams will travel to Murrieta, Calif. to take on Arsenal FC in their final
road game of the season. The U-16’s kick off at 10 a.m. and the U-18’s begin two
hours later at noon.

The following day, the Irvine
Strikers visit The Home Depot Center for the final game of the season. The
game’s, which will be on Field #7, kick off at 1 p.m. (U-16’s) and 3:15 p.m.
(U-18’s).

The Galaxy U-16’s, who were 2-0-1 at
last weekend’s showcase, have a record of 11-10-6 in all competitions this
season, including 5-5-4 in the division. They are currently tied for fifth place
in their division with two games remaining. They will need to win both of their
games in two weeks time in order to possibly qualify for the
postseason.

The Galaxy U-18’s, who were also
2-0-1 at the Showcase are currently in fourth place in their division with a
14-7-5 record in all competitions and 8-4-2 in the league. If they win one of
their final two games, they will be assured of a top three spot in the league
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.

IN THE
COMMUNITY

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.

SUPPORT NOTHING
BUT NETS ON SATURDAY:
MLS WORKS, Nothing But Nets and the Los Angeles
Galaxy are United Against Malaria.  Stop by the Nothing But Nets or Galaxy
Foundation booths and receive your South African-made bracelet with a $10
donation towards a mosquito net to help fight malaria deaths in Africa.

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