LA Galaxy Weekly Update: September 13

First place Galaxy look for second straight win Saturday vs. D.C. United

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CARSON,
Calif.
– On the
heels of their first home win since July 4, the LA Galaxy will look to make it
two in a row on Saturday night when they host D.C. United at The Home Depot
Center. That game, which is brought to you by The Home Depot, kicks off at 7:30
p.m., with the first 5,000 fans in attendance receiving a Home Depot Mystery
Gift Card.

The
Galaxy enter Saturday’s game with the best record in MLS, while United have the
worst, collecting just 18 points from their 24 games compared to the Galaxy’s
47. LA won 2-1 at RFK Stadium on July 18 behind goals from Edson Buddle and
Landon Donovan and more goals can be expected this weekend, with the two sides
combining for a total of nine goals in their last two meetings at The Home Depot
Center.

Saturday’s game
against United will be broadcast live in English on Fox Soccer Channel, with the
MLS Saturday on FSC pregame show
at 7 p.m. and in Spanish on Fox Sports en Español, starting at 7:30 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.,
September 11, 2010: Galaxy 3 – Columbus Crew 1 –
The Home
Depot Center – Attendance:
19,482

Edson
Buddle, Dema Kovalenko and Jovan Kirovski each scored as the Galaxy won 3-1 over
the Crew. The victory was the first home win for LA in the league since July 4
and snapped a three game winless streak. Buddle opened the scoring with his
14th goal in the 13th minute, before Kovalenko tallied the
first goal of his Galaxy career 10 minutes before halftime, making the score
2-0. Kirovski added LA’s third early in the second half, with David Beckham
coming on for the final 20 minutes to make his 2010 debut for the club. 

INJURY
REPORT

OUT
None

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
David Beckham (Left
Achilles tendon), Gregg Berhalter (neck), Edson Buddle (hamstring tightness),
A.J. DeLaGarza (Left knee)

PROBABLE
None

TEAM
NOTES

KOVALENKO MAKES
13:
Dema Kovalenko scored the first goal
of his Galaxy career in Saturday’s win over Columbus, beating William Hesmer with the
eventual game-winner in the 35th minute. That goal was Kovalenko’s
first in the regular season since May 31, 2008 when he was a member of
Real
Salt Lake.

Kovalenko, who has appeared in six
games for the club this season, is the 13th different player to score
for the Galaxy, and the second to do so while wearing the #21 shirt.
Alan Gordon, who wore #21 before
Kovalenko, also scored for LA, tallying against Colorado on May 5, before being traded to Chivas
USA last month. Of the 24 players
currently on the Galaxy roster, only six field players and the three goalkeepers
have not scored a goal for LA in an MLS, CONCACAF Champions League or Lamar Hunt
U.S. Open Cup game, or one of the club’s four international
friendlies.

BUDDLE EXTENDS
LEAD:
Just as the Galaxy were extending
their lead at the top of the MLS standings, forward Edson Buddle was extending
his lead at the top of the MLS scoring charts with his 14th goal of
the season. Now in his 10th MLS season, Buddle is now one goal shy of
tying his personal career-high of 15 goals, which he set with LA in
2008.

Buddle’s 14 goals in 19 games are
two more than New
York’s Juan Pablo Angel, who has 12 goals in 24 games.
He now has 39 goals in 81 career games with the Galaxy and is one goal shy of
becoming the first player in MLS history to score 40 or more goals for two
different teams. He also scored 42 goals in 106 games with the Columbus Crew
from 2001-2005. Buddle’s 87 career goals are the eighth most in MLS history,
just one shy of Roy Lassiter, who is seventh in league history with 88 career
goals.

NEW CAREER HIGH
FOR DONOVAN:
Landon Donovan assisted on each of
the Galaxy’s first two goals on Saturday night, remaining the MLS leader in
assists and extending his lead over Philadelphia’s Sebastian Le Toux. Donovan now
has 14 assists on the season, setting a new career high for him, breaking his
former mark of 13 which was set in 2007. His 14 assists tie Martin Machon in
1999 for the second most in a single season in club history, just two shy of the
club record of 16 assists, which was set by Mauricio Cienfuegos in
1999.

Since joining the Galaxy in 2005,
Donovan now has 60 assists to go along with 69 goals in 139 regular season games
for the club. Only current Galaxy assistant coach Cobi Jones (91 assists) and
Cienfuegos (80
assists) have more assists in a Galaxy uniform than
Donovan.

MARSHALL RETURNS:
On Monday, the Galaxy welcomed
defender Yohance Marshall back to the club after spending more than five months
on loan with the Austin Aztex of the USSF Division 2 Pro League. Now in his
second year with the Galaxy, Marshall appeared in
24 games for Austin this season, scoring three goals and
collecting two bookings while helping the club to the second best record in the
league and their first ever postseason berth.

After being loaned to Austin in early April, Marshall did rejoin the Galaxy briefly in late
May, taking a spot in the 18-man squad at FC Dallas on May 20 and playing the
second half of the friendly win over Boca Juniors at The Home Depot Center on
May 23.

The 24-year-old central defender has
not appeared in a regular season game for the club, though he did appear in a
U.S. Open Cup Play-In Game against Colorado in April 2009. He was signed by the
Galaxy as an undrafted free agent in March 2009 after playing four years at the
University of
South
Florida.

ONLY TWO REMAIN:
With David Beckham making his 2010
Galaxy debut on Saturday night against the Crew, replacing Juninho in the
70th minute, he became the 24th different player to appear
in a regular season game for the club this season. Two of those 24, midfielder
Clint Mathis and forward Alan Gordon,
are no longer with the team, meaning that only two of the club’s current 24
players have not played in a game for the club this season. Those two are
goalkeeper Brian Perk, who was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia in early
August and defender Yohance Marshall, who was recalled by the club on Monday
after spending much of the season on loan to the Austin
Aztex.

GALAXY TO HONOR
MLS LEGEND JAIME MORENO PRIOR TO KICKOFF ON SATURDAY:
On Saturday night, the LA Galaxy
will honor D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno in a pregame presentation just
before kickoff in recognition of the MLS original’s contributions to MLS and the
game in the United
States. A member of all 12 of United’s major
domestic and international titles, Moreno is the all-time leading goal scorer in
MLS history. The 1997 MLS Golden Boot award winner, Moreno was also named to
the MLS Best XI four times, seven MLS All-Star teams and was named to the MLS
All-Time Best XI in 2005.

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 to build bridges and bring hope through soccer. They can then cast
their vote for the Galaxy’s idea up to 25 times per day at the above link. The Galaxy is striving to hit 1000 votes per day every day this week and is encouraging fans to vote 25 times and send a screen shot to socialmedia@lagalaxy.com for a chance to win great prizes every day.  Voting is open now and runs until Monday, September 20 at 8:59
p.m.  For more information on prizes, fans can visit the Galaxy facebook page at www.facebook.com/lagalaxy

GALAXY TO
HOST FOOD
DRIVE ON SEPT. 18:
Prior to the to LA
Galaxy’s game against the D.C. United on Saturday, September 18, the Galaxy will
be hosting a Food Drive as part of the club’s annual Drive Series. September is
Hunger Action Month and the Galaxy are asking fans to join in the fight by donating five (5) canned food items or $5.  All
donations will benefit the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. Fans are encouraged to
give the gift of food by donating non-perishable, food items such as canned
vegetables, peanut butter, canned meats (i.e. tuna, chicken, spam), canned
fruits and spaghetti. The donated food items can be dropped off outside of each
entrance at The Home Depot Center on the day of the match. Fans who donate will all receive a coupon for $5 off select upcoming
Galaxy games as well as have their name entered into a drawing to win a
2010 team autographed Galaxy soccer ball. 

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.

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KNOW

 

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