LA Galaxy Weekly Update: July 12

Galaxy Look to Get Back to Winning Ways at D.C. United on Sunday

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After dropping a pair of games last week, the LA Galaxy will look to get back to
their winning ways when they return to action against D.C. United in Washington
D.C. This will be the final of three consecutive road games that the club will
play before returning home next week.

After
conducting just two training sessions last week, the club will train four times
this week, including three times at The Home Depot Center before travelling to
the nation’s capital.

Sunday’s
game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español,
starting with the MLS Saturday on FSC
pregame show at 4 p.m., while KTLK 1150 AM and ESPN Deportes Radio
1330 AM will also carry the game live locally on the radio in English and
Spanish respectively. 

The
Galaxy drew both of their meetings with D.C. United in 2009, including a 0-0
draw at RFK Stadium on August 21. LA is 1-0-2 in their last three meetings with
United and are 8-8-2 at RFK Stadium all time.

THE
WEEK THAT WAS

Wednesday,
July 7, 2010; Galaxy 0 – Seattle Sounders FC 2 –
U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals –
Starfire Sports Complex

The
Galaxy were eliminated from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as Nate Jaqua scored
twice to lead Seattle to a 2-0 victory. Bruce Arena made 10
changes to the team that beat Seattle on July 4, but the new faces were not
able to earn a win and send LA to the Open Cup Semifinals for the seventh time
in club history.

Wednesday,
July 7, 2010; Galaxy U-20’s 1 – SUSA – Everton U-20’s 1 – UC –
Riverside

Gyasi
Zardes scored the Galaxy’s only goal as they stretched their unbeaten streak to
six games with a 1-1 draw at division co-leaders, SUSA – Everton.

Friday,
July 9, 2010; Galaxy U-20’s 1 – Poway Vaqueros U-20’s 0 – Poway High
School

The
Galaxy U-20’s moved to the verge of their first USL Super-20 Pacific
Southern California Division title since 2008 with a 1-0 road win at Poway on Friday. The Galaxy now need just a draw in their
final game of the season on Tuesday night against Southern California Seahorses
at Biola University in La Mirada.

Saturday,
July 10, 2010; Galaxy 0 – New England
Revolution 2 – Gillette Stadium – Attendance:
20,000

The
Galaxy suffered just their second loss of the season and allowed more than one
goal for the first time all year with a 2-0 loss to New
England on Saturday night. Marko Perovic and Sainey Nyassi scored
seven minutes apart in the second half to snap LA’s four-game unbeaten streak
against the Revolution.

INJURY
REPORT

Galaxy
Injury Report

OUT
Mike Magee (Bilateral
Sports Hernia – Surgery)

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
Dema Kovalenko (Right
Hamstring – Strain)

PROBABLE - None

TEAM
NOTES

FIRST LOSS
AGAINST THE EAST:
The 2-0 loss at New England on Saturday ended the Galaxy’s seven-game
unbeaten streak against the Eastern Conference dating back to September 2009.
Since a 2-0 loss at Columbus last year, the Galaxy had gone 4-0-3
against the Eastern Conference, keeping six clean sheets in those games and
outscoring their opponents 7-1.

Dating back to the start of last
season, the Galaxy have lost just twice in 21 regular season games against the
East, going 11-2-8, with the only other loss coming at Columbus on September 26,
2009. LA have recorded 11 clean sheets in those 21 games and allowed more than
one goal just three times.

CONSECUTIVE
DEFEATS:
Having lost twice last week, first
in the Open Cup to Seattle and then in the league to New England, the Galaxy
enter their first two-game losing streak in all competition since June 2009,
when they lost a league games at home against Real Salt Lake and then at San
Jose. That was also the first time that the Galaxy allowed two or more goals in
consecutive games.

The last time LA lost three straight
games in a row was in August 2007, when they lost 5-4 in a league game at
New York, 3-0 in a league game against Chivas
USA and 3-0 at Colorado.

OUT OF THE OPEN
CUP:
The Galaxy were knocked out of the
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at the Quarterfinal stage on Wednesday with a 2-0
defeat to Seattle Sounders FC in Tukwila, Wash.
This was the first time LA had been knocked out at this stage of the competition
since 1999 after advancing to the semifinals in each of their last six trips to
the quarterfinals.

Since the Open Cup Final was moved
to within the MLS season in 2003, the Galaxy are now 1-3-3 in their first league
game after being eliminated from the Open Cup. The only time since 2003 the
Galaxy won a game after being eliminated from the Open Cup was in 2006 when LA
beat Chivas USA 3-0 three days after falling 3-1 to the Chicago Fire in the Open
Cup Final. From 1996-2002, the U.S. Open Cup Final was played after the MLS Cup
Final.

ALL-STARS TO BE
ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY:
With the best record in MLS, as well
as the league leader in many of the primary statistical categories, the LA
Galaxy could see multiple players named to the MLS All-Star team. The All-Star
First XI will be announced on Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. (PT) live on ESPN
News.

Next week, Galaxy head coach Bruce
Arena, who was named the head coach of the MLS All-Star Team late last month,
will name his 10 coaches selections while MLS Commissioner Don Garber will name
two additional All-Stars with his Commissioner’s Picks to complete the 23-man
MLS All-Star Team.

The Galaxy have never had fewer than
two players named to the All-Star Team, with Landon Donovan and Donovan Ricketts
each earning the honor in 2009. Cobi Jones has a record nine All-Star
appearances as a member of the Galaxy.

ESPY AWARDS TO BE
HELD ON
WEDNESDAY:
Galaxy captain Landon Donovan will
discover on Wednesday night if he has won the fifth ESPY Award of his career,
when Seth Meyers hosts the 2010 ESPY Awards
at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The show will be aired live on ESPN
that night at 6 p.m. (PT).

Donovan has been nominated in the
“Best MLS Player” category award every year since its inception in 2006, winning
it in 2006, 2007 and 2009 while missing out to teammate David Beckham in 2008.
In 2002, 2003 and 2004 Donovan was nominated in the “Best Male Soccer Player”
category, winning the ESPY in 2002. In 2005, he was nominated in the “Best
Soccer Player” category.

Fans can
still vote for Donovan and all other ESPY nominees at http://espn.go.com/espys/#/home.

YOUTH ACADEMY

GALAXY U-20’S
LOOK TO CLINCH DIVISION TITLE TUESDAY:
After taking seven of a
possible nine points last week, the LA Galaxy U-20’s are on the verge of winning
their second USL Super-20 Pacific Southern California Division title in three
years.

The Galaxy beat Chivas USA and the
Poway Vaqueros last week while also playing to a 1-1 draw with SUSA – Everton,
giving them 20 points from a 6-1-2 record with one game remaining. SUSA – Everton, who have completed their season, also have
20 points, have a +28 goal differential compared to the Galaxy’s +20 goal
difference, meaning that the Galaxy will win the division title with a win or
draw in their regular season finale at the Southern California Seahorses in
La
Mirada.

LA are undefeated in their last
eight games, going 6-0-2 and outscoring opponents 24-2 while keeping a clean
sheet in six of those eight games. They played to a 1-1 draw with the Seahorses
at The Home Depot Center on June 19.

If LA wins the division, they will
qualify for the Super-20 Finals, which will be in Rockford, Ill.
From July 29 until August 1.

IN THE
COMMUNITY

GALAXY TO HOST
EQUIPMENT DRIVE ON JULY 22:
Prior to the to LA Galaxy’s game
against the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday, July 22, the Galaxy will be
hosting an Equipment Drive as part of the club’s annual Drive Series. Fans are
encouraged to give the gift of soccer by donating new or gently used soccer
gear. The donated soccer gear – jerseys, shorts, shoes, balls and shin guards
are all acceptable - can be dropped off outside of each entrance at The Home
Depot Center on the day of the match. The Galaxy Drive Series is a community
initiative where the Galaxy's Community Development department conducts
equipment, food, clothing, and school supplies drives aimed at assisting
Los Angeles area
youth and local non-profit organizations. For more information on the Galaxy
Drive Series, please visit the Community section of the website at
www.lagalaxy.com.

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.

FOR THE
FANS

GALAXY HELP
ARRANGE TRIPS FOR FANS TO SAN JOSE AND NEW YORK:
Galaxy fans
wishing to see their team play live in New York on August 14 or San Jose on
August 21 are in luck as the club has paired with Bixby Travel Company to put
together a pair of exciting travel packages. Visit www.lagalaxy.com/roadtrips
for complete details and pricing for both trips.

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KNOW

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