LA Galaxy Weekly Update: September 27

Honda SuperClasico title on the line as the Galaxy take on Chivas USA Sunday evening

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CARSON,
Calif. – The LA
Galaxy head into the final month of the season with the best record in MLS and
in line to claim the Supporters' Shield for the first time since 2002. LA are two
points ahead of Real Salt Lake for the best record in both the Western
Conference and MLS and will look to maintain that lead this weekend when they
take on Chivas USA in the second leg of the Honda SuperClasico at The Home Depot
Center. The Galaxy will be the road team in that game, which kicks off at 5 p.m.
and can be seen live nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

A Galaxy
win or draw would not only see the club retain the Honda SuperClasico title, but
also eliminate Chivas USA from postseason consideration.
With four games left in their season, the Galaxy have 50 points, which is twice
as many as Chivas USA, who have 25 points from their 25
games. LA are unbeaten in their last seven games against their intra-stadium
rivals, going 4-0-3 in the regular season since the start of the 2008 season,
while also eliminating them from the MLS Cup Playoffs in
2009.

In
addition to being shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Sunday’s game against
Chivas USA will be available on the radio locally in Spanish on ESPN Deportes
Radio 1330 AM KWKW and online in English at www.lagalaxy.com.

THE
WEEK THAT WAS

Friday,
September 24, 2010: Galaxy 0 – New York Red
Bulls 2 – The Home
Depot Center – Attendance:
27,000

Dane
Richards and Juan Pablo Angel scored on either side of halftime as the New York
Red Bulls claimed a 2-0 win at The Home Depot Center on Friday night. The loss
snapped the Galaxy’s three-game unbeaten streak, but did not knock them from
first place in the Western Conference as Real Salt Lake earned a 1-1 draw with
Colorado on Saturday, keeping them two points behind LA for the best record in
MLS. 

INJURY
REPORT

OUT
None

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
Gregg Berhalter (Neck
– Strain), Dema Kovalenko (Right Adductor – Strain)

PROBABLE
None

TEAM
NOTES

THE FINAL MONTH:
The Galaxy enter the final month of
the 2010 MLS season two points clear at the top of the MLS standings with just
four games remaining. With a 15-6-5 record for 50 points, the Galaxy have the
chance to become the third team in MLS history to reach the 60 point plateau,
joining the 1998 Galaxy and 2005 San Jose Earthquakes. To achieve that feat, LA
will need to record at least 10 points from their final four games, meaning that
they would need to go either 4-0-0 or 3-0-1 in those
games.

This is the eighth straight season
in which the MLS regular season will end in October. Since the start of the 2003
season, the Galaxy have played 22 games in the month of October, going 9-8-5 in
those contests. Last year, the Galaxy were 2-0-1 in October for their first-ever
unbeaten October. They beat Chicago and San Jose while playing to a draw at Houston, keeping a clean
sheet in all three of those games.

LA have never recorded more than
seven points in October, going 2-1-1 in 2007 and 2-0-1 in
2009.

SUPERCLASICO
TITLE ON TAP:
The Galaxy will look to win their
third consecutive Honda SuperClasico and their fifth in the six year history of
the competition this weekend when they take on Chivas USA.
The Galaxy were the home side in the first leg of this year’s series and claimed
a 2-0 win at The Home Depot Center on April 1 with Edson Buddle scoring on
either side of halftime. Because of that result, the Galaxy can retain the
SuperClasico title with a win, a draw or a loss by a single goal on Sunday
evening.

Chivas USA can
only win the SuperClasico title, which they have only won once, by defeating the
Galaxy by more than two goals.

The Galaxy are 11-3-5 all-time
against Chivas USA, including 4-1-3 when playing as
the road team. Landon Donovan leads the Galaxy with seven career goals against
Chivas USA, while Edson Buddle has four,
including two game-winners in the last three games between the two
sides.

FIRST START FOR
BECKHAM:
Just more than six months after
tearing his Achilles tendon, David Beckham made his first start of the season
for the Galaxy on Friday night against the Red Bulls. Beckham, whose last start
in a Galaxy uniform came in MLS Cup 2009 on November 22, 2009, played 90 minutes
on the right said of midfield, placing one shot on goal and collecting a second
half yellow card.

With Beckham starting against the
Red Bulls, that leaves just two of the 26 players that have been on the Galaxy
roster this season without a start. Goalkeeper Brian Perk, who was acquired in
August, has not appeared in a game for the club, while Clint Mathis appeared in
nine regular season games as a substitute but did not make a start before
retiring from the game in early August. Mathis did start for the Galaxy in the
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as well as in the friendly against Real
Madrid.

GONZALEZ TO
RETURN SUNDAY:
Central defender Omar Gonzalez is eligible to return to the lineup for
the Galaxy on Sunday afternoon after sitting out Friday’s 2-0 loss to the Red
Bulls. Gonzalez, who has been booked a league-high eight times this season, is
now second on the team in games played and minutes played this season, having
played the full 90 minutes in all 24 of the games that he has played in this
season for a total of 2,160 minutes played. Only Donovan Ricketts with 2,250
minutes in 25 games played has been on the field more than Gonzalez this
season.

Since joining the Galaxy last
season, Gonzalez has missed just two regular season games, both this season
through suspension for yellow card accumulation. He also missed the 2-0 loss at
New England on July
10.

FOR THE
FANS

CUP OF JOE WITH
EDSON BUDDLE:
Heading into the final month of the
regular season, Edson Buddle, the leading goal scorer in MLS this season will
sit down with Joe Tutino for this week’s installment of Cup of Joe. Buddle’s 14 goals are the most
in MLS this season and one shy of his career high of 15, which he set in 2008.
Two of Buddle’s 14 goals this season came against this weekend’s opponent,
Chivas USA, and the big Galaxy forward would
like to get his name back on the scoresheet in a Galaxy win on
Sunday.

The show will air live at 1:15 p.m.
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 Edson now by sending the via
email to socialmedia@lagalaxy.com.

MEET OMAR
GONZALEZ AHEAD OF THE HONDA SUPERCLASICO:
Galaxy fans will have
the chance to meet defender Omar
Gonzalez at Best Buy in Downey on Thursday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. The
reigning MLS Rookie of the Year, Gonzalez will sign autographs, take photos with
fans and much more on behalf of Panasonic, who will have a host of cool prizes
on hand for those in attendance, including hats, jerseys, scarves and tickets to
this weekend’s Honda SuperClasico between the Galaxy and Chivas USA at The Home
Depot Center. Additionally, Gonzalez will be playing the all-new EA Sports FIFA
’11, which will be released on Tuesday, against Chivas USA defender Jonathan
Bornstein.

YOUTH ACADEMY

ACADEMY SEASONS
GET UNDERWAY SATURDAY:
The LA Galaxy Youth Academy U-16 and
U-18 teams will begin their U.S. Soccer Development Academy seasons on Saturday
afternoon at The Home Depot Center. The U-18’s will open their season against
Development
Academy newcomers Real Salt
Lake Arizona at 1 p.m. on Field #5 at The Home Depot Center. Shortly after that
game is completed, the Galaxy U-16’s will begin their season against Real Salt
Lake Arizona’s U-16’s, with that game also being played at The Home Depot
Center. VIEW THE FULL ACADEMY SCHEDULE

Additionally, the Galaxy have two
U-14 teams, which are playing in the Cal South’s U-15 LA Futbol Circuit this
fall. Both are in action on Saturday morning at The Home Depot Center. The A
squad, which is 2-0-0 this season, host Pumas L.H. at 8 a.m., while the B squad,
which is 1-1-0 so far this season, host the Cosmos Academy West 96’s at 11:40
a.m., with both games being played on at The Home Depot
Center.

NEED TO
KNOW

LOOKING FOR MORE
UPDATES?:
If you are looking for continuous
updates from the Galaxy all week long, be sure to visit the club’s official
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Facebook at www.facebook.com/lagalaxy. 

 

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