LA Galaxy Weekly Update: March 7
CARSON, Calif. – The start of the 2011 MLS season is just eight days away and
the LA Galaxy are putting the final touches on their preseason preparations
with five training sessions this week at The Home Depot Center. The club will
also play their final game of the preseason on Wednesday when they take on
In addition to their
training sessions, Galaxy players will make a series of appearances throughout
the Southland as part of the Galaxy Caravan – Countdown to Kickoff. The Caravan
officially got underway on Monday with a number of Galaxy players watching the
Los Angeles Kings take on the Dallas Stars at Staples Center
in “Galaxy Night with the Kings”. Other events will see players visit
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, sign autographs at the Team LA store at The
Home Depot Center, make a surprise visit at a local youth soccer practice and
much more. The week will conclude with the 2011 LA Galaxy Luncheon presented by
Herbalife at the ESPN Zone at L.A. Live.
Following the week of
festivities, the team will travel to Seattle
for MLS First Kick 2011, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. This will be the
third time in the last five seasons that the Galaxy open their season away from
home, having also done so in 2007 and 2008. That game will kick off at 6:30
p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and online at
FULL ROSTER IN CAMP: With the arrival of 16-year-old
forward Jack McBean in camp on Wednesday, the Galaxy now have their complete
28-man squad in training for the first time this season. The Newport
Beach, Calif. native practiced
with the Galaxy for the first time on Thursday and played the final 24 minutes
in a practice game against the Canadian U-23 National Team on Friday after
helping the U.S. win the
recent CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica and earn a spot in this
summer’s FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The team will now train in Southern
California throughout the week before traveling to Seattle ahead of Tuesday night’s season
opener at Qwest Field. Barring any injuries, all 28 players are eligible for
selection against the Sounders.
PRESEASON ALMOST COMPLETE: The Galaxy will play their final
preseason game on Wednesday morning when they host UCLA at The Home Depot
Center. This will be the 10th game that the Galaxy have played since
their first training session on January 24 and their second against a college
team, having defeated Loyola Marymount University 7-1 on February 4.
LA are 5-1-3 so far in the
preseason, including a 2-1-2 record against MLS opposition in the preseason,
beating Vancouver twice while losing to Colorado and tying Portland
and San Jose.
They also beat the Canadian U-23 National Team last week at The Home Depot
Center and the U.S. Under-18 National Team while in Arizona
in addition to the 2-2 draw against Club Tijuana at Torero Stadium in San Diego on March 2 in
the San Diego Clasico, which the Xolos won 4-3 on penalties.
ONE WEEK OUT FROM SEASON OPENER: The Galaxy
will open their 16th season of play when they take on the Seattle
Sounders FC at Qwest Field in MLS First Kick 2011, presented by Dick’s Sporting
Goods. The Tuesday, March 15 date for the season opener is the earliest that
the Galaxy have ever opened their season, eclipsing the former record of March
18, which was set in the 2000 season with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at
the Rose Bowl.
The Galaxy are 7-5-3 all-time in
their season opener, with 11 of those being played at home, including last
year’s opener, a 1-0 win over New England on March 27, 2010. This will be just
the fifth time in club history and the first since 2008 that the Galaxy open
the season on the road. In the previous four season openers on the road, the
Galaxy are 0-2-2, drawing at Columbus in 2003
and at Houston in 2007 while losing to Columbus in 2005 and Colorado in 2008. All-time, LA are 5-5-5 in
their first road game of the season, including 1-0-1 in those under Bruce
GALAXY CARAVAN BEGINS TO ROLL
THROUGH LOS ANGELES: All
this week, the Galaxy will head into the community
with a series of events as part of the Galaxy Caravan - Countdown to Kickoff,
which will conclude on Friday, March 11 with the 2011 LA Galaxy Luncheon
presented by Herbalife, at the ESPN Zone at L.A. Live.
Along with official
Caravan partner adidas, the Galaxy will have their players, staff, Miss LA
Galaxy Court members and Galaxy Street Team active throughout the week engaging
with fans, the public and media in order to thank them for their support and to
raise awareness for the start of the upcoming MLS season.
For more information,
and to view the full schedule of events, please visit www.lagalaxy.com/caravan.
BRYAN JORDAN TO TAKE PART IN
CELEBRITY BOWLING TOURNAMENT: LA Galaxy forward Bryan Jordan will join Pete Wentz (Fall
Out Boy), Rob Kardashian (E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians), Perez Hilton
(Celebrity Blogger), Jason Derulo (R&B Artist) and others at the fifth
annual Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling and Poker Tournament. All proceeds
from the March 9th event will benefit A Place Called
Stars & Strikes, being held at
PINZ Bowling and Entertainment Center in Studio
City from 7:30 p.m. to 11
p.m., was the brainchild of APCH's Leadership Council, a diverse group of
young professionals, entrepreneurs, actors and entertainers, to celebrate the
great work APCH does for youth in South Central Los Angeles. For
more information, or to purchase tickets or sponsorship packages, visit www.apch.org.
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