LA Galaxy Weekly Update: October 4
Calif. – The LA
Galaxy will play their final road game of the 2010 MLS regular season on
Thursday night when they take on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. After
knocking off Chivas USA 2-1
at The Home Depot Center on Sunday to claim their third straight Honda
SuperClasico title, the Galaxy will now look to complete the season sweep of the
Union in a game that will be shown live on
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. (5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)
win on Thursday night would move the Galaxy five points clear of Real Salt
Lake in the race for the Supporters'
Shield, with RSL playing at New
York on Saturday evening. A win would also keep the
Galaxy’s hopes of becoming the third team in MLS history to record 60 points in
a season in tact heading into the final two games of the season at home against
Colorado and FC Dallas. LA currently have 53 points on the season, meaning that
they need a minimum of seven out of a possible nine points over the final three
games of the year to reach the 60 point plateau.
addition to being shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Thursday’s game against
the Union will be available on the radio locally in Spanish on ESPN Deportes
Radio 1330 AM KWKW and online in English at www.lagalaxy.com.
WEEK THAT WAS
October 24, 2010: Galaxy 2 – Chivas USA 1 – The Home Depot Center –
Galaxy claimed the Honda SuperClasico title for the third straight season and
the fifth time in six years with a 2-1 win over Chivas USA on
Sunday at The Home Depot Center. Edson Buddle and David Beckham scored first
half goals for LA, who were able to hold on despite having to play the final 15
minutes with just 10 men following a red card to Eddie Lewis.
OUT – None
DOUBTFUL – None
QUESTIONABLE – Gregg Berhalter (Neck – Strain), Dema Kovalenko (Right Adductor – Strain), Leonardo (Left Quad –
PROBABLE – None
FINAL ROAD TRIP:
The Galaxy will play their final
regular season road game of the year on Thursday night when they make their
inaugural trip to Philadelphia to face the Union
Park. The Galaxy are 8-3-3
on the road this season for 27 points, assuring them of the best road record in
MLS this season. Against Eastern Conference opposition, LA is 3-1-3 on the road
this season, beating Columbus, D.C. United and New York
while earning draws with Chicago, Kansas City and Toronto FC. Meanwhile,
Toronto was the
Galaxy’s lone road loss against the East.
In 2009, the Galaxy were 5-2-8 on
the road for 23 points, which were one less than Chicago for the most points away from home that
season. Since Bruce Arena took charge of the club in August 2008, LA is 13-9-12
on the road for 51 out of the 110 points that the team has collected in that
RECORD: Edson Buddle’s 24th
minute goal against Chivas USA on Sunday was the 15th
of the season for Buddle, tying a career-high that he set with LA in 2008.
Buddle, who became the first player in MLS history to score 40 or more goals
with two different teams with the goal, now has two more goals than New York’s Juan Pablo Angel, Toronto FC’s Dwayne DeRosario
and Philadelphia’s Sebastian LeToux, 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, who scored twice in the
Galaxy’s 3-1 win over the Union on May 1, has
scored five of his 15 goals this season away from home while six of the 15 have
come against Eastern Conference opposition.
BECKHAM ON THE
BOARD: Making just his fourth appearance of
2010 and his second start, David Beckham became the 14th different
Galaxy player to score a goal for the club this season when he scored his first
goal of the year on Sunday, beating Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton with a
freekick from 25 yards out. That goal was the eighth of Beckham’s MLS career and
his first in MLS since September 19, 2009 when he tallied early in a 2-0 win
over Toronto FC at The Home Depot Center. The goal was also the Galaxy’s first
goal directly off a freekick since May 3, 2008 when Beckham beat Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando in a 2-2 draw at
Each of Beckham’s last three goals
in MLS regular season play are game winners, including the deciding tally in
each of the last two games that he has played in the Honda SuperClasico against
Last season, Beckham scored in his
sixth game of the year with LA, tallying the only goal late in the 1-0 win vs.
Chivas USA on August
UP: The Galaxy will be without defender
Yohance Marshall for Thursday night’s game against the Union after the
24-year-old was called into the Trinidad and Tobago National Team for their
upcoming friendlies against Bermuda and Jamaica on October 6 and October 10,
respectively. Marshall was on the bench for the
Galaxy on Sunday against Chivas USA, but did not play after starting
each of the two previous games.
Marshall, who has played for
Trinidad’s at the U-17, U-20 and U-21 level, has never played in a full
international for his country and could make his full debut on Wednesday, when
T&T host Bermuda. He could be back in the
lineup on Sunday when the Soca Warriors travel to Kingston, Jamaica to take on the Reggae Boyz.
If he is capped in either of those games, he will become the second Galaxy
player to earn his first cap this year, joining Omar
Gonzalez, who made his U.S. debut against Brazil
on August 10.
Marshall is the only
Galaxy player that has been called in for national team duty during the current
international window, with the club’s other internationals being allowed to
remain with the club this week.
FINAL TIME ON
NATIONAL TELEVISION: The game against the Union will be shown live nationwide on ESPN2 and ESPN
Deportes, starting at 5 p.m. This will be the Galaxy’s 17th and final
nationally televised game of the regular season, and their sixth on the ESPN
family of networks, including each of their last two
This season, LA are 10-3-3 in games
that are shown on one of the league’s three national broadcast partners, ESPN,
Fox Soccer Channel and Univision. The Galaxy are 3-1-1 this year on ESPN
networks, 7-1-1 on Fox Soccer Channel and 2-1-1 in games that are shown on
Univision or Telefutura.
A NEW PLACE TO
PLAY: Thursday night’s game against the
Union will be the Galaxy’s first-ever game at PPL Park, which opened earlier this season.
PPL Park, which is located in Chester, Pa., will be the 34th
different stadium that the Galaxy
play a regular season game in since the start of MLS in 1996. All-time, LA are
14-14-5 in their first game at a new stadium, including a 1-1-0 mark this
Back on August 14, the Galaxy earned
a 1-0 win over New York in their first ever game at Red Bull Arena, but they
lost 1-0 to San Jose a week later at Buck Shaw Stadium in the two club’s first
CUP OF JOE WITH
A.J. DELAGARZA: The Galaxy’s weekly web chat show,
Cup of Joe, will hit the road
this week with host Joe Tutino speaking with second year defender A.J. DeLaGarza
live from Philadelphia. DeLaGarza, who scored the game’s
opening goal when the Galaxy and Union first met in Carson on May 1, returned to the starting lineup for LA on
Sunday, pairing in central defense alongside Omar
Gonzalez and helping the Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over Chivas
The show will air live at 12 p.m. PT 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 A.J. now by sending them via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEAM BACK IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND: The LA Galaxy Youth
Academy U-16 and U-18 teams will be back in action with a pair of games in
Northern California this weekend in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The
teams got their season underway on Saturday at The Home Depot Center against
Real Salt Lake Arizona. The Galaxy U-16’s opened their campaign with a
convincing 4-0 win, behind goals from Justin Dhillon, Sean Dhillon, Eric
Gonzalez and John McBean, while the U-18’s came back from a late 2-1 deficit to
earn a 2-2 draw. Eric Verso gave LA a 1-0 lead in the first half and Juan
Gutierrez rescued a point for LA with a late goal.
On Saturday afternoon, both Galaxy
teams will take on the De Anza Force before playing the Santa Cruz Breakers Academy the following
While the U-16’s and U-18’s are in
Northern California, both Galaxy U-14 teams
will be in action closer to home. Both teams were victorious on Saturday and
will look for another weekend sweep when they return to action this weekend. The
Galaxy A squad, who are 3-0-0 on the season, will take on Dep Morelos, while the
B squad, who are 2-1-1, will take on the Cosmos West.
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