LA Galaxy Weekly Update: November 1
CARSON, Calif. (Monday,
November 1, 2010) – Following their 1-0 win over Seattle at Qwest Field on Sunday
night, the LA Galaxy return home this weekend in hopes of finishing off the
Sounders in Game #2 of their Western Conference Semifinal Series. This game
kicks off at 6 p.m. at The Home Depot Center and can be seen live on ESPN and
If the Galaxy win or
draw that game, they will advance to the Western Conference Championship. If LA
lose by two goals or more, the Sounders will advance, while a one goal Seattle victory would
send the series to 30 minutes of extra time and then penalty kicks if
If the Galaxy advance
past the Sounders, they will then host the winner of the series between Real Salt
Lake and FC Dallas in the
Western Conference Championship at The Home Depot Center next Sunday, November 14 at 6 p.m.
FOLLOW THE MATCH: This game will be
broadcast live nationally on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The game will be available
live locally on the radio in English on KTLK 1150 AM or KWKU 1220 AM. Fans can also watch online at espn3.com or listen to the live play-by-play with Joe Tutino on lagalaxy.com. BUY TICKETS
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Sunday, October 31,
2010: Galaxy 1 – Seattle
Sounders FC 0 – Qwest Field – Attendance: 35,521
Semifinal Series – Game #1
Edson Buddle scored the
game’s only goal, beating Kasey Keller from more than 30 yards out, and Donovan
Ricketts made a season-high eight saves as the Galaxy claimed a 1-0 win in the
first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal Series against Seattle. Seven of Ricketts’ eight saves came
in the first half as he kept the third clean sheet of his postseason career,
helping the Galaxy take a slight advantage into this weekend’s second leg.
Galaxy Injury Report
OUT – None
DOUBTFUL – None
QUESTIONABLE – Todd Dunivant (Right
Hamstring – Strain), Leonardo (Left Knee – Pain), Michael Stephens (Left Knee –
PROBABLE – None
COMING HOME: The Galaxy are one of two teams to
have won the first leg of their Conference Semifinal Series on the road last
week and now come back to The Home Depot Center with a 1-0 aggregate lead over
Seattle. As a result, an LA win or draw will see the club advance to the
Western Conference Championship, which they would host for the second straight
season (on Sunday, November 14 at 6 p.m.). If the Galaxy trail by one goal after 90 minutes, the series would go
to 30 minutes of extra time and then penalties if necessary, while the Sounders
would advance with a win of two goals or more.
All-time, the Galaxy are 19-2-1 at
home in the MLS Cup Playoffs, outscoring opponents 55-16. They last lost a home
playoff game in 1998, falling to Chicago
in the Western Conference Finals. Since that game, the Galaxy have won 15 of
their 16 home playoff games, including both that they played in 2009, while
earning a draw in the only other game.
At The Home Depot Center, the Galaxy
are 5-0-1 in the postseason, winning all five of their home games while
claiming a 2-2 draw when Chivas USA was the home team in the first leg of their
2009 Western Conference Semifinal Series.
IN FRONT FROM THE FIRST LEG: Since MLS adopted the current
postseason format in 2003, the Galaxy have reached the playoffs five times and
are now 3-1-1 in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal Series. This
was the third time that they have played the first leg of their series on the
road, going 1-1-1 in those three games. In 2004, the Galaxy lost at Colorado before going on to win the second leg and the
series at home, while in 2009, the Galaxy played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg
of their series on the road against Chivas USA before winning the second leg
at home 1-0 to take the series 3-2 on aggregate.
Since the start of the 2003 MLS Cup
Playoffs, 24 teams have won the first game of their Conference Semifinal
Series, including four teams this year. Of the first 20, ten advanced to the
Conference Championship. However, before this season, just five teams had won
the first leg of their series on the road and of those five, four advanced to
their Conference Championship.
EDSON HITS HIS FIRST: Edson Buddle’s 38th
minute goal on Sunday was the first postseason goal of his Galaxy career. The
29-year-old forward did not score in any of the club’s four postseason games in
2009, which were the first playoff games of his Galaxy career. Buddle, who is
the 30th different player to score for LA in the postseason, now has
three goals and two assists in 12 career postseason games. Prior to Sunday, his
last playoff goal came exactly six years prior when he scored as a member of
the Columbus Crew against New England.
RICKETTS KEEPS A CLEAN SHEET: After keeping just two clean sheets
over the final four months of the MLS regular season, Donovan Ricketts started
his postseason in fine form, making a season-high eight saves en route to
keeping a clean sheet. Ricketts, who did not make more than six saves in a game
during the regular season, made seven saves in the first half and then added
one more after the break, denying former Galaxy forward Nate Jaqua late on.
Ricketts had a club record 0.90
goals against average during the regular season while keeping 11 clean sheets
to tie a team record, all while finishing with an 18-7-4 record in 29 games en
route to being named a finalist for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.
During the 2009 postseason, Ricketts kept two clean sheets in the four games
that the club played, finishing with a 0.74 goals against average.
BACK FROM THE START: With Todd Dunivant injured and
unavailable for selection on Sunday, Eddie Lewis stepped in at left back and
played 84 minutes before being replaced by Gregg Berhalter. For Lewis, it was
his fifth start for the Galaxy in all competitions this year and his first in
an MLS game since the regular season opener against New
England on March 27. Lewis was injured in the first half of that
game, keeping him out of the lineup for more than two months and limiting him
to just 13 games played on the season.
Additionally, Sunday’s game was the
first postseason start of Lewis’ MLS career. While playing for San Jose from 1996-1999, Lewis’ teams made
the postseason once, with him making three appearances that year, all off the
bench. Lewis also made three appearances off the bench in the 2009 MLS Cup
Playoffs as he helped the Galaxy reach MLS Cup 2009.
MARSHALL GETS INTERNATIONAL CALL: Central defender Yohance Marshall
was not available for selection in Sunday’s win over the Sounders and he will
not be available for selection in the second leg of the series this weekend as
he remains on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago. Marshall, who
played in two games for the Galaxy this season after making his MLS debut on
September 18, is in Trinidad for three games
in Group F of the Digicel Caribbean Championship. The Soca Warriors open group
play on Tuesday against St. Vincent before hosting Guyana
on Thursday and playing their third and final game against Haiti on
If Trinidad finish first or second
in the group, they will advance to the final round of the tournament, which
will be played in Martinique starting on
November 26, with the final to be held on Sunday, December 5.
Marshall made his international debut last
month in a 1-0 loss to Jamaica,
playing 90 minutes in central defense.
CUP OF JOE WITH MIKE MAGEE: Fresh off playing 90 minutes in the
Galaxy’s postseason opener on Sunday in Seattle, Mike Magee will join the radio
voice of the Galaxy, Joe Tutino, for the weekly Cup of Joe on Thursday
afternoon at 12:15 p.m. LA’s second leading scorer in the 2009 postseason,
Magee will look back at Sunday’s win over the Sounders while also looking ahead
to this weekend’s all important second and final leg of the series at The Home
Depot Center. The show will air live on the Galaxy’s website, www.lagalaxy.com/cupofjoe, where it will also be archived for future
Fans can participate asking by
questions either beforehand or live during the chat. Start submitting questions
for Mike now to email@example.com.
GALAXY ACADEMY TEAMS EARN SWEEPS IN
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: The
Galaxy U-16 and U-18 teams went on the road this weekend and came back with a
pair of wins each after a strong showing in Northern California. Playing their
final games until November 20, the Galaxy
Academy teams swept their
matches against the San Jose Earthquakes and Cal Odyssey.
On Saturday, Drew Murphy scored in
the first half and Jack McBean tallied the winner with 12 minutes remaining as
the U-16’s beat San Jose,
2-1. The U-18’s also claimed a 2-1 win over the Earthquakes with Neil Ignacio
and Jake LaPorte scoring five minutes apart in the second half to overturn a
1-0 halftime deficit and claim the win.
The following day, Adam Zepeda kept
a clean sheet for the U-18’s as they defeated Cal Odyssey 2-0 behind goals from
Juan “Crabby” Gonzalez and Juan Mendoza. The U-16’s also kept a clean sheet on
Sunday, winning 4-0 over Cal Odyssey. Drew Murphy, Willie Raygoza, Francisco
Magallon and Axel Mendez all scored for the Galaxy, while Josh McNeely and
Grayson Cornwall combined for the shutout.
Both teams have four games left in Development Academy
play this year, starting with home games against the California Development
Academy on Saturday,
November 20. They will then travel to Arizona
in December for the annual Winter Showcase.
While the U-16’s and U-18’s are off
this weekend, the Galaxy’s U-14 A team is back in action on Saturday, with the
club taking on Compton United.
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