LA Galaxy Weekly Update: August 23

Galaxy return home for first time since August 1; host Kansas City on Saturday

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CARSON,
Calif.
– After
travelling north to the Bay Area and falling behind early en route to a 1-0
defeat to San Jose on Saturday, the LA Galaxy return home this weekend to finish
their season series with the Kansas City Wizards. The game, which is presented
by Titan Insurance Sales, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and is LA’s first home league
game in nearly a month.

The
Wizards were the first team to take a point off the Galaxy this season, holding
them to a 0-0 draw at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on April 24. That game snapped
LA’s four-game winning streak to open the season and was very nearly a loss for
Bruce Arena’s team only for the Wizards’ Kei Kamara to have a goal called back
after he knocked the ball in with his hand in front of a wide open goal from two
yards out, keeping the game scoreless.

This
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live regionally on Prime Ticket, starting with
the Galaxy Live pregame show at 7
p.m. Additionally, the game will be live on the radio in English on AM 570 and
in Spanish on ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM KWKW.

 

THE
WEEK THAT WAS

Saturday,
August 21, 2010: Galaxy 0 – San
Jose Earthquakes 1 – Buck Shaw Stadium – Attendance:
10,799

Chris
Wondolowski scored for San
Jose in the fourth minute and the Galaxy could not find
an equalizer as they fell 1-0 to the rival Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. The
Galaxy had 18 shots in the game, including eight on goal, but could not find a
way past Jon Busch as they were shutout for a sixth time this season. 

INJURY
REPORT

OUT
David Beckham (Left
Achilles tendon surgery – Disabled List)

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
Gregg Berhalter
(virus), Todd Dunivant (neck spasms)

PROBABLE
None

TEAM
NOTES

LONG TIME AWAY:
The Galaxy will host the Kansas City
Wizards on Saturday night in what will be the club’s first game of any kind at
The Home Depot Center since a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Fire on August 1. Since
that game, the Galaxy have won at New York and
lost at San Jose in the league, while also
defeating Puerto Rico on the road in the second
leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round series and falling to
Real Madrid in a friendly at the Rose Bowl.

The span of 26 days between home
games is the Galaxy’s second longest of the season, exceeded only by the 28 days
in-between the club’s home games on June 5 and July 4, with the team only
playing two games in between those dates, a 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on June 9
and a 0-0 draw at Toronto FC on June 26, because of the two-week World Cup break
that MLS took this season.

Saturday’s game against the Wizards
will be one of six home games that the club has over the final two months of the
season, compared to just three road matches. Of those three, one is against
Chivas USA, meaning that the
club will have to make just two road trips, to Chicago and Philadelphia, before the end of the MLS regular
season.

A HALF DOZEN AT
HOME:
Since Bruce Arena was named head
coach of the Galaxy on August 18, 2008, the club has lost just six MLS regular
season home games at The Home Depot Center, including their last home game on
August 1 against Chicago. In the club’s next home game immediately following a
home loss under Arena, LA is 3-0-2, including a 3-0-1 mark in
2009.

The loss to the Fire was LA’s first
home defeat since September 12, 2009, when the Galaxy fell 6-3 to FC
Dallas.

The last time the Galaxy lost
consecutive home games in the league was in 2007, when LA fell 3-0 to Chivas
USA on August 23 and then
fell 2-1 to Real
Salt Lake on September 1. Since those two
games, the Galaxy are 22-10-12 in regular season home games at The Home Depot
Center.

BUDDLE AND
DONOVAN KEEP LEADS:
Despite failing to get on the
scoresheet in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Earthquakes, Edson Buddle and Landon
Donovan remain atop the league’s scoring charts with the most goals and assists
in MLS respectively.

Buddle’s 13 goals are one more than
New York’s Juan Pablo Angel, who scored his
12th goal of the season on Saturday in New York’s 4-1 win at
Toronto FC. Despite missing six weeks of action while at the World Cup, Buddle
has led MLS in goals scored all season long after scoring seven times in LA’s
first four games. Neither Buddle nor Angel have ever led MLS in goals scored
over an entire season, with Angel finishing second with a career-best 19 goals
in 2007 and Buddle finishing third with a career-best 15 goals in
2008.

Donovan remains in first place in
assists with 11, two more than San
Jose’s Bobby Convey, who assisted on Chris Wondolowski’s
goal for his ninth assist of the season, Sebastian Le Toux and Fredy Montero.
Donovan last recorded an assist in an MLS game on July 22 when he set up Buddle
in a 2-2 home draw with San
Jose, leaving him two shy of tying his career-high of 13
assists that he set in 2007. He finished tied for second in the league that
season, just as he did in 2004, though he has never led MLS in
assists.

In seven games against the nine
teams remaining on LA’s schedule this season, Buddle has recorded six goals and
an assist, hitting twice against Chivas USA and Philadelphia while adding single tallies against D.C.
United and New
York. Donovan has also played seven times against LA’s
nine remaining opponents, scoring three goals and adding four
assists.

RICKETTS BACK IN
SECOND:
After allowing one goal in
Saturday’s 1-0 loss at San
Jose, Donovan Ricketts moved back into second place for
the lowest goals against average in MLS this season. Because of Chris
Wondolowski’s fourth minute goal for the Earthquakes, Ricketts’ GAA went from
0.68 to 0.70, while FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman saw his GAA fall from
0.73 to 0.69 after shutting out Chivas USA on Saturday
night.

Both Hartman and Ricketts, who rank
first and second respectively in Galaxy history in shutouts, remain on pace to
shatter the current MLS record for the lowest GAA in a single season. Houston goalkeeper Pat
Onstad currently holds that record with a 0.82 goals against average in 2007
when he allowed 22 goals in 27 games while helping the Dynamo win their second
MLS Cup.

For his entire MLS career, Ricketts
has a 0.88 goals against average, which is the best in the history of the league
amongst goalkeepers that have played at least 90
minutes.

STILL ONE AWAY
FROM RECORD:
With the loss to San Jose, Donovan Ricketts
and the Galaxy defense remain one shutout away from a pair of club records.
Ricketts has an MLS-best 10 shutouts so far this season, leaving him one shy of
tying the club record for shutouts by a goalkeeper in a single season, a record
that was set by Kevin Hartman in 1999.

The club is also one shutout away
from tying the club record of 12 clean sheets in a single season, a mark that
was set in 2009 when Ricketts had nine clean sheets, Josh Saunders had two and
the pair combined for one more. Through 21 games this season, LA has kept 11
clean sheets, with Ricketts keeping 10 and Saunders keeping one in his only
league appearance of the year.

Landon Donovan also remains on the
verge of a club record, sitting one goal shy of tying Cobi Jones for the most
regular season goals in Galaxy history. Jones tallied 70 goals in his 12-year
Galaxy career, while Donovan has 69 since joining the club prior to the start of
the 2005 season. Including the postseason, both players have scored 76 goals in
a Galaxy uniform, though Donovan is the Galaxy’s all-time leading goal scorer
with 87 goals compared to Jones’ 82, when including Champions League/Champions
Cup, SuperLiga and U.S. Open Cup games.

IN THE
COMMUNITY

VOTE FOR GALAXY
TO RECEIVE A $50,000 PEPSI REFRESH GRANT:
  The LA Galaxy are
asking fans to vote for the club’s Pepsi Refresh Project idea in order to help
receive a $50,000 grant. Edson Buddle is the Galaxy’s Pepsi Refresh Project
Ambassador and fans can view his video online at http://www.mlssoccer.com/pepsirefresh/la
to learn more about the club’s Pepsi Refresh Project idea. They can then cast
their vote for the Galaxy’s idea up to 25 times per day at the above link.
Voting is open now and runs until Monday, September 20 at 8:59
p.m.

GET YOUR TICKETS
NOW FOR HOW SUITE IT IS! FUNDRAISER:
The LA Galaxy
Foundation and The Home Depot Center Charitable Foundation’s fourth annual How
Suite It Is! will be held this Saturday, August 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on the
East Terrace of the American Express Stadium Club at The Home Depot Center.
Event tickets and VIP tickets are still available for the annual fundraiser by
completing the order form at http://www.lagalaxy.com/howsuiteitis.

Everyone who attends the event will
receive a host of exclusive food and drink options, while VIP tickets holders
will be able to watch pregame warmups from the field, have the opportunity to
meet the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Todd Dunivant and
Omar Gonzalez and much more. To learn
more about this event and everything that it has to over, please visit the link
above.

How Suite It Is!, sponsored by The
Home Depot and Watson Land Company, will feature wine and champagne tasting by E
& J Gallo Winery, a Marani Vodka Martini Bar, Bud Light Golden Wheat
sampling and live entertainment prior to Saturday’s game. DJ Bobcat, deejay and
producer for LL Cool J, and Jared Lee, whose music has been featured on MTV’s
“The Hills”, highlight the night’s live musical performances.

FOR THE
FANS

CUP OF JOE WITH
OMAR GONZALEZ:
Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez will join Galaxy radio announcer Joe
Tutino on Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. for Cup of Joe, the Galaxy's weekly live web
show. Gonzalez will stop by to answer all the questions that the fans are asking
about his recent international debut for the U.S. against Brazil
and ahead of Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Wizards. The show will air
live on the Galaxy’s website, www.lagalaxy.com, where it will also be archived for future
viewing.

Fans can participate by asking
questions either beforehand or live during the chat. Start submitting questions
for Omar now to socialmedia@lagalaxy.com. 

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