LA Galaxy Weekly Update: November 17

Club heads to Australia on Tuesday for The Qantas Challenge

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Photo Credit: 
Robert Mora

CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, November
17, 2010)

– After seeing their season end with a 3-0 Western Conference Championship
defeat to FC Dallas on Sunday, the Galaxy will begin their offseason with The
Qantas Challenge, an international friendly in Australia against the Newcastle
United Jets of the Hyundai A-League.

The club will train on Thursday and Friday this
week before taking the weekend off. After another day of training on Monday,
the team will depart for Australia
on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s game against the Jets. These will be the club’s
final training sessions of the year with the offseason officially beginning
after the club’s return at the end of the month.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Sunday, November 14, 2010: Galaxy 0 – FC Dallas
3 – The Home Depot Center

Western Conference Championship – Attendance:
27,000

The LA Galaxy saw their season end on Sunday
night at The Home Depot Center as they were defeated 3-0 by FC Dallas in the
Western Conference Championship. The Galaxy had a number of chances to take the
lead in the game’s opening 25 minutes, only to be thwarted each time by Dallas goalkeeper Kevin
Hartman. David Ferreira gave Dallas a 1-0 lead against the run of play in the
26th minute and George John and Marvin Chavez added goals after the
break to end LA’s season and send Dallas to their first-ever MLS Cup.

TEAM NOTES

KNOCKED OUT AT HOME: Sunday night’s loss to Dallas
in the Western Conference Championship was the Galaxy’s first-ever home playoff
loss in an elimination game. Prior to that game, the Galaxy had lost just two
home playoff games all-time, with each coming in Game 1 of a three-game series.
Every other time that the Galaxy had been eliminated from the playoffs came
either as the road team or at a neutral ground in MLS Cup.

All-time, the Galaxy are now 20-3-1 at home in the MLS Cup
Playoffs, including 6-1-1 at The Home Depot Center, with the lone draw coming
as the road team in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal Series
against Chivas USA in 2009. Prior to Sunday night’s game, the Galaxy had
allowed just one goal as the home team in a playoff game at The Home Depot
Center, outscoring opponents 10-1.

This was the fourth postseason meeting between Dallas and
the Galaxy, with LA eliminating Dallas
in 1998 and 1999 and Dallas knocking the Galaxy out of the playoffs in 1997.

GALAXY TIES TO MLS CUP FINALISTS: The Galaxy’s final two regular
season opponents, the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas, will face off for MLS Cup
2010 at BMO Field in Toronto
on Sunday. The game could feature as many as four former Galaxy players starting
between the two teams, three of whom were a part of past Galaxy MLS Cup
championships.

Brian Mullan is the lone former Galaxy player on the Rapids,
with the club acquiring the veteran midfielder from Houston late in the season. Drafted by the
Galaxy in the first round of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft, Mullan spent two seasons
with LA, helping the club with the 2001 U.S. Open Cup and the 2002 MLS Cup, the
first in club history. He appeared in 31 games for the Galaxy in the 2001 and
2002 seasons, scoring five goals and adding four assists while adding one
assist in eight postseason games. He was traded to San Jose
prior to the start of the 2003 campaign, where he went on to win one more MLS
Cup before claiming two more titles with Houston
in 2006 and 2007.

FC Dallas feature three former Galaxy players on their
roster, with all three starting in their Western Conference Championship win
over LA on Sunday. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, defender Ugo Ihemelu and
midfielder Daniel Hernandez, the Dallas
captain, all began their MLS careers with the Galaxy. Hartman joined the club
in 1997 and went on to set club records for goalkeepers in nearly every
statistical category over a 10-year career with the Galaxy that ended when he
was traded to Kansas City prior to the start of the 2007 campaign. A Southern California native who starred at UCLA before
joining the Galaxy, Hartman was in goal for both the 2002 and 2005 MLS Cup
championships, making him the only goalkeeper in league history to keep a clean
sheet in multiple MLS Cups.

Hernandez was drafted by the Galaxy in 1998 and spent a year
and a half with the club, appearing in 29 games before being traded to Tampa Bay
in August 1999.

Ihemelu was selected by the Galaxy in the first round of the
2005 MLS SuperDraft and helped the club win MLS Cup as a rookie that season,
appearing in 25 regular season games, collecting one assist, and all four of
the club’s postseason matches. He was back with the club in 2006, starting 29
of their 32 games before being traded to Colorado
shortly after the end of that season.

EXPANSION DRAFT TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY: Major League Soccer will hold an Expansion
Draft on Wednesday, November 24 at 11 a.m. (PT) ahead of the 2011 debuts of the
Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps, the two most recent MLS clubs. The
Galaxy, and all other MLS teams, can protect 11 players ahead of the draft,
with the list of 11 needing to be submitted to the league on Monday afternoon.
Additionally, teams do not have to protect Generation adidas players, meaning
that the Galaxy will not need to expose 19-year-old forward Tristan Bowen.

All teams can lose a maximum of two players in the Expansion
Draft and have the opportunity to protect one more player from their original
non-protected list once one player is selected.

A full breakdown of the Expansion Draft rules can be found here.

OFF TO AUSTRALIA:
On Tuesday, the
Galaxy will fly to Newcastle,
Australia for
The Qantas Challenge, a friendly against the Newcastle United Jets of the Hyundai
A-League. The game, which will be played at EnergyAustralia Stadium in Newcastle, New
South Wales, Australia
on Saturday, November 27, kicks off at 12:30 a.m. (PT), with complete broadcast
information to be announced later today.

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 United 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 five points out of the sixth and
final playoff spot in the A-League, though they have played the second 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, which saw Australian forward Marko Jesic scored his first two goals
of the season, with Jeffers setting up one in his debut for the club. On
Wednesday, the Jets held first place Brisbane
to a 1-1 draw at home.

BOWEN HEADS TO GEORGIA WITH U-20’S: One player who will not accompany
the team to Australia is forward Tristan Bowen, who was one of 18 players named
to the U.S. Under-20 National Team last week for the upcoming Torneo de las
Americas in Kennesaw, Ga. Bowen and the rest of Thomas Rongen’s team is
scheduled to report to camp starting on Sunday, November 21 before opening the
three-team, round robin tournament against Colombia on Friday, November, 26 and
then facing Mexico on Sunday, November 28.

Bowen, who has also played for the U.S. Under-18 National
Team, played in 17 regular season games for the Galaxy in 2010 while also
playing in both of the club’s CONCACAF Champions League games and the U.S. Open
Cup Third Round win over AC St. Louis. Bowen had two goals and two assists in
the regular season while also adding a goal in the friendly win over Boca
Juniors. He last appeared in a game with the U.S. U-20’s in November 2008 when
the team played three games in Spain
against Real Madrid, Athletico Madrid
and Rayo Vallencano. Bowen started all three of those games and scored in the
friendly against Real Madrid.

The 19-year-old Los
Angeles native is one of seven current MLS players
that are included on the roster.

YOUTH ACADEMY

GALAXY U-14 BEGIN POSTSEASON; U-16’S AND U-18’ BACK IN
ACTION SATURDAY:
In
their first season of play, the Galaxy’s U-14 teams each qualified for the
postseason of their league after finishing with identical 8-1-0 records. Those
records tied the two Galaxy teams for first place along with the Cosmos Academy
West 96’s, though the Cosmos won the league’s regular season title because of a
better goal difference.

By finishing second and third respectively, the Galaxy’s
U-14 A squad and U-14 B squad faced one another in the league semifinals, with
the A squad coming out on top 5-2. As a result of that win, the A squad will
now take on Cosmos Academy West 96’s this week for the 2010 L.A. Futbol Circuit
league championship. That game will be played at a yet to be determined time
and location.

While the U-14’s are playing for a league championship, the
Galaxy’s U-16 and U-18 teams will be back in action for the first time in three
weeks when they host the California Development Academy in U.S. Soccer
Development Academy play at The Home Depot Center on Saturday. Those games kick
off at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Field #5 at The Home Depot Center, with the
U-18’s playing the day’s first game. Both games are free to attend and open to
the public.

The Galaxy U-16’s currently have a record of 6-0-1 in all
competitions while the U-18’s are 4-2-1, with the U.S. Soccer Development
Academy Winter Showcase coming up next month in Arizona.

IN THE COMMUNITY

USE GOODSEARCH & GOODSHOP THIS HOLIDAY
SEASON AND SUPPORT THE GALAXY FOUNDATION:
Please make every gift count this holiday season. Go to
GoodShop.com, designate the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation as the cause you support
and then click over to your favorite store. More than 1,600 top stores will
donate a percentage of virtually every sale to the Los Angeles Galaxy
Foundation. You pay nothing extra - and you can even save money as GoodShop
lists thousands of money-saving coupons and free shipping offers. 

GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that
donates about a penny per search to the charities its users designate. Fans can
use it just as you would any search engine, to get quality search results from
Yahoo, and watch the donations add up for the foundation.

Download the GoodSearch – Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation
toolbar, and the club’s foundation will earn money every time you shop and
search online - even if you forget to go to GoodShop or GoodSearch first. Add
the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/los-angeles-galaxy-foundation.
There's no easier way to support us this holiday season.

NEED TO KNOW

LOOKING FOR MORE UPDATES?: If you are looking for continuous
updates from the Galaxy all week long, be sure to visit the club’s official
websites www.lagalaxy.com
and www.lagalaxyfutbol.com,
or the club’s official blog at www.thelagalaxy.blogspot.com
for all the latest news from the club. The Galaxy can also be followed on
Twitter at www.twitter.com/lagalaxy
and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lagalaxy. 

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