LA Galaxy Weekly Update: June 7
The LA Galaxy play their final game before the
two-week World Cup break on Wednesday night when they travel to Salt Lake City
to take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The game kicks off a 6 p.m.
(PT) and will be the second and final meeting of the season between last year’s
two MLS Cup finalists following the Galaxy’s 2-1 win over RSL at The Home Depot
Center on April 17. The Galaxy currently sit in first place in the Western
Conference with an MLS-best 10-0-2 record for 32 points, 12 points clear of
second place Real Salt Lake who have 20 points from a 6-3-2 record.
Wednesday night’s game will be broadcast on tape
delay on Fox Sports West starting at 10:30 p.m. The game will also be available
live locally on the radio in Spanish on ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM starting
with their pregame show at 5:30 p.m. while lagalaxy.com will stream the game
live in English starting at 5:30 p.m.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Saturday, June 5, 2010; Galaxy 4 – Houston Dynamo 1 – The Home Depot Center – Attendance: 20,826
The Galaxy tied their club record unbeaten
streak at 15 games with a convincing 4-1 win over Houston on Saturday night. Jovan Kirovski
scored twice, including the opener after just 47 seconds while Tristan Bowen
and Alex Cazumba added second half goals to complete the victory which moved LA
12 points clear at the top of the Western Conference.
Saturday, June 5, 2010; Galaxy U-16’s 0 –
Arsenal FC U-16’s 1 – John Blanche Memorial Soccer Complex
Jeff Stamp allowed just one goal but the Galaxy
could not get on the scoreboard as they fell 1-0 to the eventual league winners
Arsenal 1-0 on Saturday. .
Saturday, June 5, 2010; Galaxy U-18’s 3 –
Arsenal FC U-18’s 1 – John Blanche Memorial Soccer Complex
The Galaxy U-18’s clinched a second place finish
in the league with a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, a result that knocked
Arsenal out of postseason consideration. Ruben Valencia gave the Galaxy a 1-0
lead and Gyasi Zardes broke a 1-1 draw early in the second half before Alex
Covarrubias sealed the win with a late goal.
Sunday, June 6, 2010; Galaxy U-16’s 1 – Irvine
Strikers U-16’s 0 – The Home Depot Center
Dyllan Stevens scored the game’s only goal and
Josh McNeely kept a clean sheet as the Galaxy U-16’s ended their season with a
1-0 win over the Irvine Strikers. The U-16’s finished the season with a 6-6-4
record in the league and a 12-11-6 mark in all competitions.
Sunday, June 6, 2010; Galaxy U-18’s 2 – Irvine
Strikers U-18’s 1 – The Home Depot Center
The Galaxy stretched their unbeaten streak to
six games to end the regular season with a 2-1 win over the Irvine Strikers on
Sunday afternoon. The Galaxy trailed 1-0 but Ritchie Gonzalez equalized just
before halftime and Neil Ignacio scored the winner with 15 minutes remaining as
the Galaxy finished the season with a 10-4-2 mark in the league, leaving them
five points behind first place Real So Cal.
Galaxy Injury Report
OUT – None
DOUBTFUL – None
QUESTIONABLE – Dema Kovalenko (Right
Hamstring – Strain), Leonardo (Right Quad – Strain), Mike Magee (Right Hip –
PROBABLE - None
RECORDS MATCHED: With the 4-1 win over Houston on Saturday evening, the Galaxy
stretched their unbeaten streak to 12 games to the start the season and 15
regular season games overall dating back to the end of the 2009 season. The
Galaxy are now 10-0-2 for an MLS-best 32 points on the season, leaving them 12
points ahead of Real Salt Lake, who sit in second place in the Western
Conference standings with 20 points. The Galaxy defeated RSL 2-1 at The Home
Depot Center on April 17 and complete the season series with them on Wednesday
night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Dating back to the end of the 2009 regular season, the
Galaxy are unbeaten in their last 15 games, going 12-0-3 in that time and
taking 39 of a possible 45 points. LA has kept a clean sheet in 12 of those 15
games and have not trailed in any of them.
The Galaxy have now tied their club record of 15 straight
games without a loss and the MLS record that they set in 1996 for the longest
unbeaten streak to begin a season. That year, the Galaxy won each of their
first 12 games on the season en route to reaching MLS Cup.
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 SNAPPED: With Cam Weaver’s seventh minute goal for the Dynamo
on Saturday, the Galaxy’s streak of 463 minutes without allowing a goal came to
an end. That streak, which dated back to late in the 3-1 win over Philadelphia
on May 1, was the longest shutout streak in MLS this season, the third longest
streak in club history and the sixth longest in MLS history.
Including the game that the streak began and ended with, the
Galaxy went 6-0-1 during the stretch, stopping 18 consecutive shots on goal.
The longest shutout streak in Galaxy history began late in
the 2009 season and ended with Kyle Beckerman’s goal late in the first half of
LA’s 2-1 win over Real
on April 17. During that stretch, LA went 612 minutes without allowing a goal,
a streak which is the third longest in league history.
This season alone, the Galaxy have three of the 10 longest
shutout streaks in the league. LA opened the season by going 311 minutes
without allowing a goal before Beckerman’s goal. That is the fifth 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 tenth
longest streak in MLS this season.
ALEX CAZUMBA GETS ON THE SCORESHEET: Alex Cazumba became the 11th
different Galaxy player this season to score a goal when he beat Pat Onstad
with a low, left-footed shot in the 56th minute of Saturday’s 4-1
win over the Dynamo. The first of the Galaxy’s three loan signings from Sao Paulo to score a goal, Cazumba is the first player
born outside of the U.S.
to score for the club this season. Prior to the goal, the last foreign player
to score for the Galaxy was David Beckham, who scored the game-winner in the
2-0 win over Toronto FC on September 19, 2009. Cazumba is the fifth different
Brazilian player to score for the Galaxy and the first in almost two years
since Alvaro Pires scored in a 3-2 win over Colorado on June 7, 2008.
The Galaxy’s 11 different goalscorers on the season are tied
with Real Salt Lake
for the second most in the league this season, with only the Houston Dynamo
having more. The Dynamo have already had 13 different players score a goal in
MLS this season.
CAZUMBA GOAL IS #700: Alex Cazumba’s second half goal on Saturday was the
700th goal in club history, making the Galaxy the second team in
league history to reach 700 goals. D.C. United was the first team in league
history to score 700 goals, achieving the feat last season, and have scored 28
more goals than the Galaxy, who are the only team in league history to have
scored 100 or more goals than they have allowed, surrendering 573 all-time
regular season goals and giving them a +127 goal differential.
9/7/97 vs. Tampa Bay
3/20/99 vs. Colorado
W 2-1 (SO)
4/28/01 at Colorado
6/14/03 vs. Kansas City
9/4/05 vs. Chicago
5/3/08 at Real Salt Lake T 2-2
6/5/10 vs. Houston
PERFECT AGAINST THE WEST: Following their 4-1 win over Houston on Saturday evening, the Galaxy are
now a perfect 7-0-0 against fellow Western Conference opposition. Of those
seven 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, including Wednesday’s game at RSL, 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 – two fewer than they already have in seven games against the
West this season.
A CUP OF JOE WITH COBI JONES: Tune-in to the Galaxy's weekly live
web show, Cup of Joe, with radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tutino. On
Wednesday afternoon, the show will broadcast live from Salt
Lake City, with Cobi Jones joining Tutino to discuss the Galaxy’s
impressive start to the season, that night’s match against Real Salt Lake, the 2010 World Cup 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 email@example.com.
GALAXY U-18’S QUALIFY FOR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAYOFFS: With a pair of victories over the
weekend, LA Galaxy Youth Academy
U-18’s finished their season in second place in the West Conference, SoCal
Division and qualified for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs for the
first time. The Galaxy finished the season with a 10-4-2 record in the league
and a 16-7-5 record in all competitions.
The playoffs will begin in Browns Summit, N.C. from June
25-29 with the U-18 Finals held at The Home Depot Center from July 10-18.
In their first two years of participating in the Development
Academy, the Galaxy have now sent two teams to the playoffs, with this year’s
U-18’s joining last year’s U-16’s, who reached the postseason in their
GALAXY U-20’S BEGIN SEASON ON WEDNESDAY: The LA Galaxy U-20’s will kick off
their USL Super 20 League season with three games this week, starting on
Wednesday night when they take on Chivas USA
in Bell Gardens
at 7:15 p.m. Following that game, the Galaxy will be back in action on Friday
night when they host SUSA – Everton at The Home Depot Center at 8 p.m. before
rounding out the week with a game on Saturday evening at home against the
Lancaster Rattlers at 5 p.m.
In 2008, their first year of play, the Galaxy U-20’s won the
Super 20 Pacific Southern California Division with a 7-2-1 record, with Tristan
Bowen and Michael Stephens helping to lead the club to a division title. Last
year, the Galaxy finished second in their division with a 7-3-0 record, with
Stephens once again playing a major role in the club’s success.
IN THE COMMUNITY
GALAXY HOST VIEWING PARTY FOR U.S. WORLD CUP OPENER ON
HERMOSA BEACH PIER PLAZA SATURDAY: Fans looking to see the U.S. National Team open their 2010
FIFA World Cup schedule on Saturday afternoon against England are invited to a
free viewing party that will be held on the Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza. Galaxy
midfielder Dema Kovalenko will be on hand for the game with a number of
additional special guests and attractions taking place throughout the day. 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/worldcup.
WATCH THE WORLD CUP OPENERS WITH YOUR FAVORITE GALAXY
PLAYERS: The most
talked about game of the World Cup is on Saturday, but the tournament kicks off
on Friday morning when the hosts South Africa
take on Mexico.
That game kicks off at 7 a.m. and is followed at 11:30 a.m. by the second game
from Group A with France
taking on Uruguay.
You can watch those two games with some of your favorite
Galaxy players, with Sean Franklin in attendance at the ESPN Zone at LA Live
from 6:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. and Dema Kovalenko there from 8 a.m. until 9:30
a.m. If you are in Orange Country, you can catch the game at the ESPN Zone in
Downtown Disney, with Michael Stephens there from 6:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. and
Josh Saunders there from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
TUNE IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING TO ESPN RADIO AS THE GALAXY ARE
FEATURED ON THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCE: On Sunday, June 13 at 5 a.m., the
Galaxy’s Director of Community Development and Director of the Los Angeles
Galaxy Foundation, Gloria King, will
be a guest on The Southern California Experience on 710 AM - ESPN Radio to
discuss the club’s many community endeavors in Southern California.
The Southern California Experience with LaFern Cusack, is
the 710 ESPN AM public affairs show. Airing Sunday mornings, from 5-6 a.m., The
Experience strives to present topical guests and stories in an entertaining and
comfortable format. Each week they bring a new show covering a current issue,
news item, upcoming event, or local charity.
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.
NEED TO KNOW
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