LA Galaxy announce travel roster for The Qantas Challenge vs Newcastle Jets

David Beckham, Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan lead LA to Australia

CARSON, Calif. (Friday, November 19, 2010) – LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena
will bring 22 players to Australia for the club’s international friendly
against the Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday, November 27.
Led by David Beckham, Edson Buddle
and Landon Donovan, the Galaxy will depart for Australia
on Tuesday night before arriving in Sydney
on Thursday morning for The Qantas Challenge. The match, which will kickoff at
12:30 a.m. (PT), will be broadcast live on the Fox Soccer Channel, starting at
midnight with a 30-minute pregame show.

A
two-time MLS Cup champion, the LA Galaxy are coming off one of the best regular
seasons in club history, having posted a 18-7-5 record for 59 points before
falling to FC Dallas in the Western Conference Championship last weekend. The
Galaxy placed four players on the MLS Best XI, including the 2010 MLS
Goalkeeper of the Year Donovan Ricketts, 2010 MLS Defender of the Year finalist
Omar Gonzalez, Landon Donovan, who finished with an MLS-best 16 assists on the
season and Edson Buddle, who was the Galaxy’s 2010 MVP after scoring a
career-high 17 goals.

The only Galaxy players that will not accompany the club to Australia
are forward Tristan Bowen and defender Yohance Marshall, each of whom will be
on international duty. On Sunday, Bowen will travel to Georgia with the U.S. Under-20 National Team for
the Torneo de las Americas,
where they will face Colombia
and Mexico.
Marshall will be in Martinique
with the Trinidad & Tobago National Team for the finals of the Digicel
Caribbean Cup, a qualifying tournament for next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Marshall and the rest of the Soca Warriors will open group play in the
tournament on Friday, November 26 against Cuba
before facing Grenada on
November 28 and Martinique on November 30. If
they finish in first or second in their group, T&T will qualify for the
2011 Gold Cup.

This is the Galaxy’s second trip to Australia in the last four years,
with the club also playing Sydney FC in front of more than 80,000 fans at
Telstra Stadium in November 2007. This time around, they will face the 2008
Hyundai A-League Grand Final champion Newcastle Jets. The Jets, who are led by
former England
international forwards Michael Bridges and Francis Jeffers, currently sit in
ninth place in the A-League with a 2-5-6 record for 12 points from their first
13 games of the season. The Jets currently sit six points out of the sixth and
final playoff spot in the A-League, though they have played the fewest games in
the league and have as many as three games in hand on the teams that they are
chasing.

Under the leadership of head coach Branko Culina, the Jets
have allowed just 11 goals in their 13 league games and have taken four points
from their last two games, against the top two teams in the league, claiming
their best result of the season on Saturday, a 3-1 win over second place
Adelaide, before holding the first place Brisbane Roar to a 1-1 draw at home.

LA Galaxy Roster
for The Qantas Challenge vs. Newcastle
Jets

GOALKEEPERS
(3) –
Brian Perk,
Donovan Ricketts, Josh Saunders

DEFENDERS
(7) –
Gregg
Berhalter, Alex Cazumba, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin, Omar
Gonzalez, Leonardo

MIDFIELDERS
(8) –
David
Beckham, Chris Birchall, Juninho, Jovan Kirovski, Chris Klein, Dema Kovalenko,
Eddie Lewis, Michael Stephens

FORWARDS
(4) –
Edson Buddle,
Landon Donovan, Bryan Jordan, Mike Magee

HEAD COACH – Bruce Arena

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