For the first time since losing MLS Cup 2009 to them, the LA Galaxy will face Real Salt Lake on Saturday, April 17 at The Home Depot Center. The much anticipated rematch of last year’s dramatic championship game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and close out the evening’s festivities of BritNight.
The game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. Additionally, the game can be heard locally in English on KLAC AM 570 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM. Both broadcasts start at 7:00 p.m. with their respective pregame shows.
For the third straight season, BritNight returns to The Home Depot Center this Saturday as part of BritWeek 2010. Prior to the Galaxy game, fans are invited to watch a celebrity soccer game at 5 p.m. (Gates Open at 4:40 p.m.), featuring a host of British celebrities, including renowned chef Gordon Ramsay (Kitchen Nightmares / Hell’s Kitchen on Fox) and actors Michael Sheen (Damn United and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans)and Vinnie Jones (X-Men III and Snatch).
BritNight is one event of many that make up BritWeek 2010, a month-long celebration of British culture and influences to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco. To learn more about BritWeek and the various events, please visit www.britweek.org.
For more about the Brit Night and to purchase tickets for Saturday’s game, visit www.lagalaxy.com.
GALAXY LOOKING FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN: On Saturday night, the LA Galaxy will look to capture their fourth consecutive win of the season as the club hosts Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center. LA is now 3-0-0 for the first time since the 1998 season, when the club rattled off nine wins to begin the campaign. The club’s longest winning streak to start a season is 12, set during the inaugural season of 1996. However, both win streaks included shootout wins.
TAKING ON THE CHAMPS: Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake will be the Galaxy’s first game of the year against the defending MLS Cup champions. Real Salt Lake, who enter the week with a 1-1-1 record and are in second place in the Western Conference, won their first-ever MLS Cup at Qwest Field in Seattle on Nov. 22, 200, defeating the Galaxy 5-4 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie following extra time.
The Galaxy are 17-14-4 all-time when playing the reigning MLS Cup champion, including a 0-1-1 mark over the 2009 season against the Columbus Crew and a 1-2-2 mark over the 2007 and 2008 seasons against Houston who were the MLS Cup champs in 2006 and 2007.
BUDDLE CONTINUES TO CLIMB CLUB AND LEAGUE SCORING CHARTS: With his two goals on Saturday night, forward Edson Buddle is now the MLS leader in goals scored this season with five, two ahead of three others players. The Galaxy are 13-5-5 in games in which Buddle scores. Since joining the club in 2007, Buddle has scored 30 goals with the Galaxy, which is good for fifth on the all-time scoring list and ties him with former Ecuadorian forward Eduardo Hurtado.
After Hurtado, midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos ranks fourth on the list with 35, followed by forward Carlos Ruiz with 51 and forward Landon Donovan with 64. Current Assistant Coach and former midfielder Cobi Jones is the Galaxy’s all-time scoring leader with 70 goals.
In addition, Buddle is first Galaxy player to score in each of the first three games of the season since Carlos Ruiz did so in 2004. Ruiz holds the Galaxy record for the most consecutive games with a goal to open a season with four. He scored in each of the first four games of 2002 and 2004.
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