Kicks for Kids Recap: L.A. Galaxy v. New England Revolution (March 27, 2010)

On March 27th, the
LA Galaxy held their home-opener at The Home Depot Center against the New
England Revolution and officially began their quest to defend their 2009
Western Conference Championship!  The
Kicks for Kids groups arrived early in anticipation of cheering on the Galaxy
to victory during their first game of the season.  Dozens of kids from LA’s Best, People in
Progress, and Orange County Teen Challenge participated in Soccer Fest and made
certain that they were seated in Sections 227 & 228 by game time with their
towels in hand ready to wave.

It is a good thing all the
kids arrived early as the Galaxy found the back of the net six minutes into the
game to take a 1-0 lead! Galaxy forward Landon Donovan took a free kick from 30
yards out and forward Edson Buddle weaved his way between defenders and made a
spectacular play to dive and head the ball pass the Revolution goalie.  Head coach Bruce Arena hinted in the
preseason about the possibility of a break-out year for Buddle, and he
certainly got off to a fast start scoring his first goal of the season.

The entire Kicks for Kids
section was jumping with excitement after the early Galaxy strike and hoped
that they could cheer on the defense to hold off the Revolution for the rest of
the game.  Buddle’s goal proved to be the
game winner as the Galaxy would win 1-0 and Sections 227 & 228 applauded at
the final whistle with the rest of the stadium as the Galaxy gained 3 points in
the MLS Standings.

The Galaxy Foundation and its
Kicks for Kids Community Partner organizations would like to thank all who
participated in Saturday's Home opener  and look forward to seeing everyone return for
future home games!