LA Galaxy Weekly Update: July 19

After 2-1 Win in DC, Galaxy Set to Host California Rivals San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday Nigh

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The LA Galaxy returned to their winning ways on Sunday with a 2-1 win at D.C.
United and will now look to make it two in a row when they host San Jose on
Thursday night at The Home Depot Center. Because of the short turnaround from
Sunday’s game to Thursday’s, the Galaxy will train just twice before taking on
the Earthquakes who are 0-2-0 against LA in Carson since returning to MLS in
2008.

Thursday
night’s game will be the first meeting of the season between the Galaxy and
Earthquakes, who have met six times since the start of the 2008 season, with LA
going 3-2-1 in those contests, including a season-ending 2-0 win at The Home
Depot Center last October to clinch a first place regular season finish in the
Western Conference.

ESPN2 and
ESPN Deportes will broadcast Thursday night’s game live nationally, with ESPN
Deportes Radio 1330 AM covering the match locally on the radio in Spanish. Fans
can also listen to all the action in English at
lagalaxy.com.

Following
the game against San Jose, the Galaxy will quickly shift their focus to the
CONCACAF Champions League, where they will host the Puerto Rico Islanders in the
First Leg of their Preliminary Round series. The return leg of the series will
be played in San Juan Puerto Rico on Wednesday, August
4. Click here for more information on CONCACAF Champions League.

THE
WEEK THAT WAS

Tuesday,
July 13, 2010; Galaxy U-20’s 2 – Southern California Seahorses 2 – Biola
University

The
Galaxy U-20’s clinched the Pacific Southern California Division title with a
season-ending 2-2 draw with the Southern California Seahorses. LA finished the
season with a 6-1-3 record, going unbeaten in their last nine games to finish
one point ahead of SUSA – Everton and win their second division
title in three years.

Sunday,
July 18, 2010; Galaxy 2 – D.C. United 1 – RFK Stadium – Attendance:
17,688

Edson
Buddle and Landon Donovan scored on either side of halftime as the Galaxy
stretched their lead at the top of the Western Conference to nine points over
Real
Salt Lake with a 2-1 win over D.C. United.
Buddle scored seven minutes before the break and Donovan converted a penalty
kick in the 58th minute to break a 1-1 draw and give LA their
12th win of the season, matching last year’s
total.

INJURY
REPORT

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Sports Hernia – Disabled List)

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PROBABLE - None

TEAM
NOTES

DYNAMIC DUO:
The Galaxy’s leading goal scorer and
leading assist man, Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan, each scored in the 2-1 win
at D.C. United on Sunday. This was the first time that both Buddle and Donovan
scored in the same regular season game for the Galaxy since October 26, 2008 in
a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas to end the 2008 season. The last time both players
scored in a Galaxy win was on May 24, 2008 in a 3-1 home win over the Kansas
City Wizards.

BUSY WEEK:
Following Sunday night’s game in
D.C., the Galaxy returned to the West Coast on Monday and will hold two days of
training before Thursday night’s game against the Earthquakes. Five days later,
the Galaxy are back at home when they host the Puerto Rico Islanders in the
first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round
series. (7:30 p.m. PT, FSC)

Following that game Bruce Arena and
the Galaxy’s four All-Stars; Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Donovan Ricketts, will head to
Houston for
Wednesday night’s 2010 MLS All-Star Game against Manchester United at Reliant
Stadium. (5:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2, Telefutra) Those five will then fly back to Los
Angeles on Thursday ahead of a league game against Chicago on Sunday, August
1 at 4:30 p.m.

HEADING HOME:
In the weeks prior to Sunday’s game
against D.C. United, the Galaxy faced a similarly congested schedule, playing a
total of five games in 15 days, including three in seven days at one point. But
while two of those three games were on the road, first in Seattle on July 7 and
then at New England a few days later on July 10, the Galaxy will not have to
leave Southern California during the upcoming three-game
homestand.

The only players who will have to
leave the region are those that were selected for the MLS All-Star Game in
Houston.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
RETURNS:
The Galaxy will begin their quest
for a CONCACAF Champions League title on Tuesday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. when they host the
Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of their Preliminary Round series at The
Home Depot Center. The return leg of the series will be played eight days later
in San Juan, Puerto
Rico, with the aggregate goal winner of the series moving on to the
Champions League Group Stage.

This is the Galaxy’s first berth in
the current version of the Champions League, having last played in the
tournament in 2006 when it was called the CONCACAF Champions
Cup.

LA lost a two-game, aggregate goal
series to Saprissa of Costa Rica that year, playing to a 0-0 draw at home before
falling 3-2 in extra time in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Galaxy have also played
in the Champions Cup in 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2003, reaching the final before
losing to Mexico’s Cruz Azul in 1997 and then winning the title in 2000 over CD
Olimpia of Honduras.

In 2008, CONCACAF changed the
tournament’s format, adopting the current structure, which sees the eight teams
which advance past the Preliminary Round join eight other teams that have been
directly seeded into the Group Stage. Those 16 teams are divided into four
groups of four that will play round robin style, giving each team a total of six
games. After those games are played, the top two teams in each group will
advance to the Champions League Quarterfinals, which will begin in March 2011.
The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are all two-leg, aggregate goal series,
with the finals being held in April 2011.

The winner of the 2010-11 CONCACAF
Champions League will then advance to the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, which will
be held in Japan in December of that
year.

If the Galaxy advance past Puerto
Rico, who qualified for the tournament by winning the 2010 Caribbean Football
Union Club Championship, they will be placed into Group D along with Mexican
champion Toluca, Honduran side CD Olimpia and the
winner of the series between FAS of El Salvador and Xelaju of
Guatemala.

MORE CONCACAF
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE INFO

YOUTH ACADEMY

GALAXY U-20’S
CLINCH DIVISION TITLE:
The LA Galaxy U-20’s won their
second division title in three years this week thanks to a season-ending 2-2
draw with the Southern California Seahorses. The Galaxy finished the season with
a 6-1-3 record for 21 points and ended the year on a nine-game unbeaten streak,
outscoring opponents 26-4 in those games and only allowing more than one goal
once. LA finished one point ahead of second place SUSA – Everton to take the USL Super-20 Pacific
Southern California Division.

By winning the division, the Galaxy
will advance to the USL Super-20 Finals, which will be held in Rockford, Ill. from July 29 until August
1.

RILEY WOLFE NAMED
TO U-18 WEST CONFERENCE STARTING XI:
On Sunday, LA Galaxy
U-18 midfielder Riley Wolfe was named to the U-18 West Conference Starting XI,
which honors the best players in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s West
Conference. A midfielder from Manhattan Beach,
Calif., Wolfe had five goals in 23 games for
the Galaxy U-18’s this season, despite missing part of the season while with the
U.S. U-18 National Team at the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal. Wolfe helped the Galaxy
U-18’s reach the Development Academy Playoffs for the first time ever, where
they narrowly missed out on a spot in the Development Academy Finals, which were
held at The Home Depot Center last weekend.

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 more information!

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