Weekly Update: August 30
CARSON, Calif. (Monday, August 30,
The LA Galaxy will look to get back on track and snap their first losing streak
of the season on Saturday afternoon when they head east to take on the Chicago
Fire at TOYOTA Park. The Fire scored three times in the opening 20 minutes on
August 1 at The Home Depot Center to hand the Galaxy a 3-2 defeat, which
snapped the club’s 11-game home unbeaten streak.
Despite losing their last two games, the Galaxy
remain three points clear of Real Salt Lake in the race for the top spot in the
Western Conference and two points ahead of the Columbus Crew for the best
record in MLS.
This Saturday’s game will be broadcast live
nationally in Spanish on TeleFutura and locally in English on Fox Sports West,
starting with the Galaxy Live pregame show at 12:30 p.m. Additionally,
the game will be live on the radio in English on KTLK 1150 AM and in Spanish on
ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM KWKW.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Sat., August 28, 2010: Galaxy 0 – Kansas City Wizards 2 – The Home Depot Center – Attendance: 21,112
Davy Arnaud and Jimmy Conrad scored on either
side of halftime as the Galaxy dropped their second straight game, falling 2-0
to the Kansas City Wizards. The loss was also LA’s second straight at The Home
Depot Center and gave the club a 1-3-0 record to close the month of August.
Galaxy Injury Report
OUT – David Beckham (Left Achilles tendon surgery –
DOUBTFUL – None
QUESTIONABLE – Gregg Berhalter (viral
PROBABLE – None
SIMILAR SCENARIO: For the second straight season, the Galaxy head to Chicago on the heels of a
2-0 home loss. In 2009, David Beckham and Eddie Lewis were sent off as LA fell
to the Seattle Sounders FC at The Home Depot Center on August 15. Four days
later, they travelled to TOYOTA
Park where goals from
Landon Donovan and Mike Magee gave LA a 2-0 victory over the Fire. That win
started a run that saw the Galaxy go 5-2-2 in their final nine games of the
regular season to claim first place in the Western Conference.
BOUNCING BACK FROM BEING BLANKED: The Galaxy were shutout for just the
seventh time this season on Saturday night, falling 2-0 to the Wizards, going
0-4-3 in those seven games, including 0-1-1 against Kansas City, who LA failed
to scored against in two games this season. However, the club has shown an
ability to respond well after being shutout, going 4-1-1 and outscoring
opponents 9-3 in the game immediately after they were shutout, with the only
loss coming on Saturday night.
In 2009, the Galaxy were shutout six times, going 4-1-1 in
the game immediately after they were shutout.
IN THE LIGHT OF DAY: For the second time in three weeks, the Galaxy will have an
afternoon kickoff when they take on the Chicago Fire this weekend. The game
will kick off at 1 p.m. (PT), just as the 1-0 loss at San Jose did on August 21. On the season, LA
are 3-2-0 in games that kick off at 6 p.m. local time or earlier, including
2-1-0 on the road, having beaten Seattle
4-0 on May 8 in a game that started at 1 p.m. (PT) and beaten New York 1-0 on
August 14 in a game that started at 6 p.m. (ET).
After Saturday’s game in Chicago,
the Galaxy will play two more games that start before 6 p.m., on October 3 at
and on October 24 against FC Dallas to close out the season, with both games
kicking off at 5 p.m. at The Home Depot Center.
PENULTIMATE TRIP: This weekend’s game in Chicago
will be the Galaxy’s next to last road trip of the season of the 2010 regular
season. After this weekend, the club has only two road games remaining on their
schedule, with one of those to take place at The Home Depot Center on October 3
against Chivas USA.
Four days after that game, LA will travel to Philadelphia
for the first time ever for a game against the Union at PPL Park.
So far this season, the Galaxy are 7-3-2 on the road,
including a 3-1-2 mark against Eastern Conference opposition.
AN EVEN SPLIT: The Galaxy currently have the best record in MLS with 43
points, leaving them two points ahead of the Eastern Conference leading
Columbus Crew and three points ahead of their closest competition in the
Western Conference, Real Salt Lake. All three of those teams have played 22
games, leaving them with eight left apiece.
Of the Galaxy’s final eight games, four are against teams
that would be in the MLS Cup Playoffs if the season ended today, including a
meeting against Columbus in Carson on September 11. Three of the Crew’s
remaining eight opponents would be in the postseason today, while six of RSL’s
final eight games are against teams that would be in the postseason if the
regular season ended today.
TWO IN A ROW AT HOME: Saturday’s loss to Kansas City was the Galaxy’s second straight
home loss in the league and extended their winless streak at home to four games
in all competitions. LA is 0-3-1 at The Home Depot Center since a 3-1 win over Seattle on July 4.
By losing their last two games at home; against the Wizards
and the Chicago Fire on August 1, the Galaxy have now lost consecutive home
games in the league for the first time since 2007. On August 23 of that year,
LA lost 3-0 to Chivas USA
before falling 2-1 to Real
a few days later on September 1.
Since moving into The Home Depot Center in June 2003, the
Galaxy have only lost three or more consecutive home games once, dropping four
straight from April 22-June 8 during the 2006 season.
IN THE COMMUNITY
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.
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
CUP OF JOE WITH DEMA KOVALENKO: Galaxy midfielder Dema Kovalenko
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. Kovalenko will stop
by to answer all the questions that the fans are asking about his recent return
from injury and this Saturday’s match against his former club, the Chicago
Fire. The show will air live on the Galaxy’s website, www.lagalaxy.com/cupofjoe,
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 Dema now to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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