LA Galaxy Weekly Update: October 11

After record setting week, Galaxy focus on clinching Supporters' Shield on Saturday against Col

Buddle vs Colorado Rapids

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CARSON,
Calif.
– After
defeating the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, at PPL Park on Thursday to remain a top
of the MLS standings, the LA Galaxy return home to take on the Colorado Rapids
Saturday night at The Home Depot Center in a game that will be shown tape
delayed on Prime Ticket. The game, which is presented by Bank of America, kicks
off at 7:30 p.m. with the first 10,000 fans receiving a reusable Galaxy Cinch
Sack. In addition, Radio Disney artist Josh Golden will be performing a live
concert on the SoccerFest stage beginning at 6:30
p.m.

With one
more win, the Galaxy can clinch the 2010 MLS Supporters' Shield and home field
advantage throughout the playoffs. A victory over Colorado or Dallas in one
the final two games of the season would give the Galaxy 59 points, and neither
Real
Salt Lake nor FC Dallas would be able to match
this total.

Saturday’s game
against the Rapids will be broadcast on tape delay on Prime Ticket beginning
with the Galaxy Live pregame show
at 8 p.m. In addition, the game will be available live on the radio locally on
KTLK 1150 AM in English and ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM in
Spanish.

THE
WEEK THAT WAS

Thursday,
October 7, 2010: Galaxy 1 – Philadelphia Union 0
– PPL
Park – Attendance:
18,779

The
Galaxy defeated the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, to claim their 17th win of the season and set a new club
record for most wins in a season since the end of the shootout-era following the
1999 season on Thursday at PPL Park. Edson
Buddle gave the Galaxy the lead in the 27th minute with his
MLS-best 16th goal of the season, while David Beckham earned his first assist of
the season.

INJURY
REPORT

OUT
None

DOUBTFUL
None

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

PROBABLE
None

TEAM
NOTES

PLAYOFF
SCENARIOS:
If the Galaxy win on Saturday, they
will clinch the Supporters' Shield, First Place in the Western Conference for
the regular season and home-field advantage throughout the Playoffs. Due to the
Galaxy’s 1-0 win in Philadelphia and draws by
Real
Salt Lake and FC Dallas, the Galaxy can finish
no lower than second place in the West and therefore have clinched home-field
advantage in the Western Conference Semifinal Series.

The Galaxy can still clinch all of
the above with a tie and if Real
Salt Lake and FC Dallas play to a draw or FC Dallas defeats
Real
Salt Lake. Salt Lake and
Dallas, the two teams still with a mathematical
chance of surpassing the Galaxy for the Supporters' Shield, kick off their game
90 minutes prior to Galaxy versus Colorado.

Regardless of score in the Salt
Lake-Dallas game, the Galaxy cannot clinch the Supporters’ Shield with a loss
to Colorado.

Due to having home-field advantage
for the Western Conference Semifinal Series, the Galaxy will play the first-leg
of the series on the road, Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, and host the second leg,
tentatively scheduled to be played Nov. 4 through Nov. 7.

BUDDLE SETS NEW
CAREER-HIGH:
Edson
Buddle’s 27th minute goal
against Philadelphia on Thursday was the
16th of the season for Buddle, breaking his previous career-high set
in 2008. Buddle now has two more goals than San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski this season in the
race for the Budweiser Golden Boot. He is aiming to join Landon Donovan (in
2008) and Carlos Ruiz (in 2002) as the only Galaxy players ever to finish as the
league’s top goalscorer.

Buddle has scored 10 of his 16 goals
this season at home while nine of the 16 have come against Western Conference
opposition.

BECKHAM EARNS
FIRST ASSIST:
Making just his fifth appearance of
2010 and his third start, David Beckham assisted on the game-winning goal,
sending a corner kick into the box for Buddle to head home. The assist was
Beckham’s first of the season and first in a Galaxy regular season game since a
2-0 win vs. Toronto FC on September 19, 2009.

LA now have five goals direct from a
corner kick this season, with Buddle scoring three of those. The Galaxy last
scored directly from a corner kick on September 4 at Chicago, with Omar Gonzalez
heading home a Landon Donovan corner in the first minute of second half stoppage
time to gain a 1-1 draw against the Fire.

RICKETTS EQUALS
HARTMAN:
With the clean sheet last Thursday
against the Union, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts
has now tied Kevin Hartman’s club record for most shutouts in a season with 11.

This was also the Galaxy’s 12th
shutout in MLS play this season, tying the club record for most shutouts by the
team in a single season, a record set in 2009.

Philadelphia were the
11th different team to be shutout by the Galaxy this
season.

SUPPORTING BREAST
CANCER AWARENESS:
The LA Galaxy in conjunction with
MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, will show
their support for the fight against cancer by hosting Breast Cancer Awareness
Night Saturday at The Home Depot Center. October is National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month.

Galaxy players will have special
pink MLS W.O.R.K.S. ribbon patches applied to their jerseys, Galaxy coaches will
have pink scarves to walk out to the field with and some players will wear pink
cleats to showcase their support. Additionally, the match will be played with
commemorative pink adidas Jabulani match balls and players will use pink
sideline towels. After the match, game-worn autographed jerseys as well as other
memorabilia will be available for auction to raise funds for cancer research and
treatment.

IN THE
COMMUNITY

GALAXY TO HOST
CLOTHING DRIVE ON OCT. 16:
Prior to the to LA Galaxy’s game
against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, October 16, the Galaxy will be hosting
a Clothing Drive to benefit the Union Rescue Mission. The Galaxy are asking fans
to donate their gently-used or new clothing and shoes to children and families
in need. Fans are encouraged to support the drive by donating items such as
coats, maternity clothing, sweatshirts, scarves, hats, gloves, socks and shoes.
The donated items can be dropped off at the Galaxy drive series' booths
located outside of each The Home Depot Center entrance.

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 www.lagalaxy.com and click on the Community
section.

FOR THE
FANS

CUP OF JOE WITH
CHRIS BIRCHALL:
Galaxy midfielder Chris Birchall
will join Galaxy radio announcer Joe
Tutino on Thursday afternoon at 12 p.m. for Cup of Joe, the Galaxy's weekly live web
show. Birchall will stop by to answer all the questions that the fans are asking
about the team’s push for the Supporters’ Shield and this Saturday’s match
against the Colorado Rapids. 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 Chris now by sending them via email to socialmedia@lagalaxy.com.

GALAXY TO HOST
SOCCER TOURNAMENT AT GOALS SOCCER CENTER® ON OCT. 16:
The LA
Galaxy are hosting their first-ever, 5-A-Side Soccer Tournament this Saturday,
Oct. 16 at new Goals Soccer Centers state-of-the-art soccer complex, 9599
Pinehurst Avenue in South Gate, CA.  The men’s and women’s soccer tournament
gives Galaxy fans and soccer players of all skill levels across Southern
California an opportunity to compete for the ultimate team prize, including VIP
Club Seats for the L.A. Galaxy vs. FC Dallas game on Oct. 24, and an opportunity
to watch an LA Galaxy training session. The tournament includes a minimum of
three games per team, and each team can have up to 10 players. 
www.goals-soccer.com

Five-a-side is the fastest growing
form of soccer, and booming in popularity throughout Europe and South America.  It’s five-on-five soccer, played on tennis
court-sized fields, with lots of action for players of every age and skill
level.  Each field at the Goals Soccer Centers complex has rebound walls and
netting. The result is a fast-paced, exhilarating form of soccer that anyone can
play.

If you’re interested in attending or
covering the event, please contact Christie Ly, for Goals Soccer Centers, Christie.ly@grayling.com,
213-624-1030 X 208.

YOUTH ACADEMY

GALAXY ACADEMY
TEAM BACK IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND:
After playing a pair of
game in Northern California, the LA Galaxy Youth Academy U-16 and U-18 teams
will be in action this weekend at The Home Depot Center in the U.S. Soccer
Development Academy.

On Saturday, Erik Gonzalez’ goal was
all the Galaxy U-16’s needed to earn their second consecutive victory in the
season, a 1-0 win against De Anza Forze while the U-18’s fell 3-1 with the lone
strike coming from Eric Verso. It was a different story on Sunday as both teams
won the next day. The U-16s defeated the Santa Cruz Breakers Academy in a high scoring affair with
goals from Sean Dhillon, Drew Murphy and two goals from Jack McBean. Meanwhile,
the U-18s also were on fire earning the 4-0 win, behind two goals from Juan
"Crabby" Gutierrez and one a piece from Angel Ayala and Neil Ignacio.

On Saturday afternoon, both Galaxy
teams will take on the Seattle Sounders FC Academy before playing Cross Fire
Premier the following day at The Home Depot Center.

While the U-16’s and U-18’s have
returned to Southern California, both Galaxy
U-14 teams will again be in action. Both teams were victorious on Saturday
earning victories over Cosmos Academy (2-0) and Deportivo Moreles (6-0)
and will look for another weekend sweep when they return to the field this
weekend. The Galaxy A squad, who are 4-0-0 on the season, will take on
Cruz
Azul Academy, while the B squad, who are 3-1-1,
will take on West Covina FC. 

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