LA Galaxy Weekly Update: September 6

Galaxy host Eastern Conference leading Crew on Saturday to start three-game homestand

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CARSON,
Calif.
– After
getting a late Omar Gonzalez goal to
earn a 1-1 draw in Chicago on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak, the
LA Galaxy will look to end a three-game winless streak at home against the
Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew on Saturday night. That game, which is
presented by the University of
Phoenix, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. from
The Home Depot Center, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a reusable Galaxy
water bottle, courtesy of the University of Phoenix.

The
Galaxy and Crew enter the week with matching 13-5-5 records for an MLS-best 44
points, which are one more than Real Salt
Lake. However, with
Salt Lake playing at Seattle on Saturday, both LA and Columbus could
enter Saturday’s game behind RSL in the standings, were they to claim a victory
in that game.

Saturday’s game
against the Crew will be broadcast on tape delay on Fox Sports West starting at
9:30 p.m., after the conclusion of the game between the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim and Seattle Mariners. Additionally, the game will be live on the radio
in English on KTLK 1150 AM and in Spanish on KWKU 1220
AM.

THE
WEEK THAT WAS

Sat.,
September 4, 2010: Galaxy 1 – Chicago Fire 1 –
TOYOTA
Park – Attendance:
21,068

Omar
Gonzalez headed home a Landon
Donovan corner kick in the first minute of stoppage time as the Galaxy snapped a
two-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw at Chicago. The Galaxy played with a man advantage
for 69 minutes following Gonzalo Segares’ first half red card, but they fell
behind 1-0 in the 88th minute before equalizing a few minutes later
to earn the draw. 

INJURY
REPORT

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

DOUBTFUL
None

QUESTIONABLE
Gregg Berhalter
(neck)

PROBABLE
None

TEAM
NOTES

THREE IN A ROW:
The Galaxy will begin a season-long
three game home stretch this Saturday when they host the Columbus Crew at The
Home Depot Center. Despite dropping each of their last two home games, LA is
still 6-2-2 in their 10 home games this season, outscoring opponents 19-11, with
Edson Buddle claiming nine of those 19 goals. At the other end of the field
however, LA has allowed at least one goal in seven of their 10 home games,
including each of the last five.

Prior to this three game home
stretch, the last time the Galaxy played three straight regular season games at
home was from August 29 until September 19 of last season, when they beat Chivas
USA 1-0, lost 6-3 to FC Dallas and beat Toronto FC
2-0.

STILL ON TOP:
The Galaxy and Crew head into the
week tied for the best record in MLS with 44 points apiece from matching 13-5-5
records. Thanks to their 12-game unbeaten streak to open the season, this is the
first time since the first month of the season that the Galaxy have not been in
sole possession of the best record in MLS.

However, the Galaxy could find
themselves in second place in the Western Conference by the time that Saturday’s
game against the Crew comes around. Real Salt Lake, who have a 12-4-7 record for
43 points, travel to Seattle on Thursday to play the Sounders and could surpass
both LA and Columbus in the standings with a win in that
game.

Prior to this season, the last time
the Galaxy were in first place in the Western Conference after their first game
of September was in 2002, when they went on to win their first MLS Cup. LA was
also in first place after their first September game in 1998, when they finished
with the best record in MLS and in 1999, when they reached the MLS Cup, only to
fall 2-0 to D.C. United.

GONZALEZ GOAL
SNAPS STREAK:
Omar
Gonzalez’s goal in second half stoppage time
not only gave the Galaxy a 1-1 draw with the Fire on Saturday, it also snapped
the Galaxy’s scoreless streak at 350 minutes. Prior to Gonzalez’s goal, LA’s
last tally came from Edson Buddle in the 10th minute of the 1-0 win
at New York on
August 14. That streak is the third longest in MLS this season and the second
longest in club history.

Only the Kansas City Wizards (402
minutes) and D.C. United (352 minutes) have gone longer without scoring a goal
in the league this season. The Galaxy record for the longest span without a goal
is 525 minutes, which they set from April 29-June 3 during the 2006 season.
During that stretch, the Galaxy were shutout in five consecutive games in
between their goals, setting a club record.

STEPHENS SITS:
After playing in each of the
Galaxy’s first 22 games of the season, Michael Stephens was an unused substitute
on Saturday afternoon against the Fire. The 21-year-old rookie was the only
Galaxy player to appear in each of the club’s first 22 games and was aiming to
become the second straight rookie to appear in all 30 of the club’s games this
season, joining Omar Gonzalez who
accomplished the feat in 2009 en route to winning the Rookie of the Year
award.

Stephens is now tied with Gonzalez
for the most games played on the team this season, each appearing in 22 games.
He has one goal and seven assists in that time, making 18 starts and playing
1,629 minutes, which are the fourth most on the
team.

BECKHAM AND
JUNINHO SET FOR RETURN:
The Galaxy will welcome two of their
top midfielders back into the fold this week with the anticipated returns of
David Beckham and Juninho. Beckham is expected to be removed from the club’s
Disabled List later this week and could make his debut against the Crew on
Saturday, while Juninho has missed the last two games while attending to
personal matters in his native Brazil. Both players trained with the
club on Tuesday and are expected to be available to train all week in the lead
up to the game against Columbus.

While Beckham has not played for the
club this season after undergoing surgery in March to repair a torn Achilles
tendon, Juninho has been a near-constant figure in Bruce Arena’s starting
lineup, appearing in and starting 18 games for the club. In that time, the
21-year-old Brazilian has a goal and two assists, while also adding a goal in
the U.S. Open Cup win over AC St. Louis on June 29. This was the second time
this season that Juninho had to return to Brazil in order to attend to personal matters,
having also missed the 2-0 win at Columbus on May 29, as well as the club’s
friendly win over Boca Juniors at The Home Depot Center on May 23. LA is 1-2-1
in the four games that he has missed this season.

TWO IN A ROW AT
HOME:
Last 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, including 0-2-1 in the
league.

By losing their last two games at
home; against the Wizards and the Chicago Fire, 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 Salt Lake 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

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.

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. 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.

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.

FOR THE
FANS

CUP OF JOE WITH
EDDIE LEWIS:
Galaxy midfielder Eddie Lewis 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. Lewis will stop by to answer all the questions that the fans are
asking about the club’s dramatic draw in Chicago and this Saturday’s top of the table
clash with the Columbus Crew. 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 during the chat on www.lagalaxy.com/cupofjoe. To ensure questions are asked, submit them now to socialmedia@lagalaxy.com.

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