Following a dominating first half performance and another two goals from Edson Buddle, the LA Galaxy hit the road for a pair of games against two of their main challengers in the Western Conference. The Galaxy defeated Philadelphia 3-1 on Saturday night to move six points clear at the top of the Western Conference but now face two teams that will try to stake their claim to the top spot in the Conference.
On Wednesday night, the Galaxy will take on the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in a game that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Following that game, the team will travel directly to Seattle for Saturday’s meeting with the Sounders at Qwest Field, a game that kicks off at 1 p.m.
Fox Sports West will broadcast both games, with Wednesday night’s meeting against the Rapids being shown on tape delay beginning with the Galaxy Live pregame show at 7:30 p.m., followed by the game at 8 p.m. Saturday’s game in Seattle will be shown live starting with Galaxy Live at 12:30 p.m.
Additionally, both games can be heard locally in Spanish on ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM. KTLK 1150 AM will carry Saturday’s game against the Sounders live, while Joe Tutino will have the call in English for Wednesday night’s game live at www.lagalaxy.com.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Saturday, May 1, 2010; Galaxy 3 – Philadelphia Union 1 – The Home Depot Center – Attendance: 15,453
Edson Buddle scored twice more and set up a third for A.J. DeLaGarza as the Galaxy improved to a perfect 4-0-0 at home on the season with a convincing 3-1 win over the expansion Union. DeLaGarza opened the scoring for LA just 51 seconds into the game and then Buddle added his eighth and ninth goals of the season before the halftime break as LA cruised to a 3-0 lead en route to opening a six point lead over Colorado and Houston at the top of the Western Conference.
Saturday, May 1, 2010; Galaxy U-16’s 2 – Irvine Strikers U-16’s 2 – Concordia University
Dyllan Stevens scored both goals as the Galaxy took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break. However, they could not maintain the lead and gave up a pair of goals in the second half but managed to hold on for a 2-2 draw.
Saturday, May 1, 2010; Galaxy U-18’s 0 – Irvine Strikers U-18’s 1 – Concordia University
The Galaxy U-18’s five-game unbeaten streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss in Irvine. The hosts took the lead with 10 minutes remaining and the Galaxy were unable to find an equalizer, a task that was made more difficult when they were reduced to 10-men late on.
Sunday, May 2, 2010; Galaxy U-16’s 1 – San Diego Surf U-16’s 0 – Titan Stadium
Dyllan Stevens scored the game’s only goal as the Galaxy claimed a 1-0 win. Josh McNeely and the rest of the Galaxy defense was able to maintain a clean sheet despite having to play most of the second half with just 10-men.
Sunday, May 2, 2010; Galaxy U-18’s 2 – San Diego Surf U-18’s 1 – Titan Stadium
Drew Lind scored in the 85th minute and Chadd Johnson added an injury time winner as the Galaxy U-18’s came from behind to beat the San Diego Surf on Sunday afternoon in Fullerton. Omar Zeenni played well in goal again for the Galaxy, who trailed 1-0 before staging their late comeback.
Galaxy Injury Report
OUT – None
DOUBTFUL – None
QUESTIONABLE – Sean Franklin (Left Ankle – Sprain), Dema Kovalenko (Right Hamstring – Strain), Leonardo (Right Quad – Strain), Eddie Lewis (Left Foot – Contusion)
PROBABLE - None
UNBEATEN STREAK REACHES NINE: With their 3-1 win over the Union on Saturday night, the LA Galaxy remained one of two unbeaten teams in MLS this season. The Galaxy are now 5-0-1 for 16 points on the season, leaving them six points ahead of the second place Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo, who each have 10 points, in the Western Conference standings.
Dating back to the end of the 2009 regular season, the Galaxy are unbeaten in their last nine games, going 7-0-2 in that time and taking 23 of a possible 27 points. LA has kept a clean sheet in seven of those nine games and have not trailed in any of them.
The last time the Galaxy lost was on September 26, 2009 when they fell 2-0 to the Columbus Crew, who are the only other undefeated team in the league this season.
BUDDLE NAMED MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN: For the second time this season, Edson Buddle has been named the MLS Player of the Week. Buddle set up A.J. DeLaGarza for the Galaxy’s opening goal just 51 seconds into their win over Philadelphia on Saturday night and then added a pair of goals to take his league-best tally to nine in just six games this season. Buddle, who was also named the MLS Player of the Week in Week 4 of the season, now has four multi-goal games this season and has helped lead LA to a 5-0-0 record in games that he has scored. Since joining the Galaxy in June 2007, Buddle has recorded six multi-goal games, with his team going 6-0-0 in those games. Only Landon Donovan has more multi-goal games for the Galaxy in that time with seven.
Last week, Buddle, who turns 29 later this month, was named the MLS Player of the Month for the second time in his 10-year MLS career. He has now been named the MLS Player of the Week nine times, including four times since joining the Galaxy.
EDSON REMAINS 10 FOR 10: Despite no longer being the only Galaxy player to score a goal, Buddle has still factored in all 10 of the Galaxy’s goals this season, setting a new club record. Buddle has nine goals and an assist this season, scoring or assisting on all of his team’s goals, to set a new club record for most consecutive goals scored or assisted on to open the season.
In both 2008 and 2009, Landon Donovan scored or assisted each of the Galaxy’s first eight goals, but Buddle equaled that record with his assist on A.J. DeLaGarza’s early goal on Saturday night before breaking the record with his first goal of the game in the 27th minute.
FAST START: The Galaxy got off to their best start in nearly a decade on Saturday night when A.J. DeLaGarza gave them a 1-0 lead after just 51 seconds. That goal was the third fastest goal in club history and is tied for the 28th fastest in MLS history.
Clint Mathis scored the fastest goal in Galaxy history, giving LA a 1-0 lead over Kansas City after just 33 seconds on July 25, 1999 in a game that the Galaxy would go on to win 2-1. Brian Mullan scored the second fastest goal in club history on May 9, 2001, scoring 39 seconds into the Galaxy’s 4-4 draw at Tampa Bay.
DOUBLING UP: The Galaxy are scheduled to play two road games this week for the first and only time this season. Following Wednesday’s game in Colorado, the team will fly directly to Seattle for a day of training ahead of Saturday afternoon’s game.
This week’s slate of games is also the only time that the Galaxy are scheduled to play a midweek game and then another game that weekend. However, the schedule will become more congested as the season continues and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League Qualifiers are added to the Galaxy schedule.
BOWEN AND MATHIS MAKE 2010 DEBUTS: With the Galaxy comfortably leading the Union 3-0 on Saturday night, midfielder Clint Mathis and forward Tristan Bowen were able to make their 2010 regular season debuts for the Galaxy. Mathis entered the game in the 70th minute, replacing Alan Gordon, to make the 250th appearance of his MLS career. Mathis, who had last played for the Galaxy in a regular season game on May 6, 2000, nearly recorded an assist, laying off a pass for Landon Donovan, only to see his shot hit the crossbar.
Five minutes after Mathis entered the game, Bowen came on for Edson Buddle, making his first appearance of the season and his first-ever league appearance at The Home Depot Center. The 18-year-old forward, who made his MLS debut last season, replacing Chris Klein late in second half stoppage time at San Jose on June 20, was on the field for the final 15 minutes of the game, making it the longest appearance of his MLS career. Bowen also nearly set up Donovan, only to see his low cross narrowly miss making contact with the Galaxy captain.
DAVE SARACHAN SITS DOWN FOR CUP OF JOE: Tune-in to the Galaxy's weekly live web show, Cup of Joe, with radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tutino every week. On Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Galaxy’s game against the Colorado Rapids, Tutino will be interviewing Galaxy Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan at 12:30 p.m. The 2003 MLS Coach of the Year, Sarachan joined the Galaxy in August 2008 and has played a major role in the club’s revival over the past two years.
Fans can participate asking by questions either beforehand or live during the chat. Start submitting questions for Dave now to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALAXY ACADEMY TEAMS FACE NOMADS SC ON SATURDAY: The LA Galaxy Youth Academy teams are back in action this weekend when they travel south to take on Nomads SC at Kinsell Field in San Diego on Saturday afternoon. The U-16’s kick-off at 1:45 p.m. with the U-18’s following at 4 p.m.
These same two teams met two weeks ago, with the U-16’s playing to a 1-1 draw and the U-18’s winning 1-0 behind an Eric Verso goal.
The Galaxy U-16’s go into the game on a three-game unbeaten streak and in fourth place in their division with a 4-3-4 record for 16 points in the league. The U-18’s have won five of their last six games and currently sit in third place in the West Conference SoCal Division with a 6-3-2 record for 20 points with five league games remaining.
GALAXY DREAMERS ANNOUNCED: Major League Soccer and the LA Galaxy announced today the names of the five talented prospects that will join the finalists from the Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo to represent the team later this week at the “Final Event,” being filmed in Los Angeles.
The five finalists chosen from the LA tryouts held in Glendale last month were: Dennis Alvarado (16yrs - Fairfield, CA); Javier Castro (18yrs - Pomona, CA); Victor Jimenez (16yrs - Anaheim, CA); Jonathan Navas (18yrs - Los Angeles, CA); Oscar Velazquez (14yrs - Las Vegas, NV).
The five chosen will participate in the finals of Sueño MLS, held in LA, this week from May 5-9. Watch the recap of the Sueño MLS finals and the announcement of the overall winner live on Univision’s Republica Deportiva on Sunday, May 9, which airs on the West Coast from noon to 2 p.m.
IN THE COMMUNITY
MLS FUTBOLITO COMES TO LA: One of the nation’s most successful grassroots soccer initiatives returns to LA this summer. MLS Futbolito, Major League Soccer’s official 4-v-4 tournament, will be held in Padua Park in Claremont, Calif. on Saturday, June 26. Approximately 50,000 people, between participants ages 6 to 55 and spectators, attended MLS Futbolito 2009 across 13 markets from coast to coast.
For further information about MLS Futbolito, visit the event’s official site: www.MLSFutbolito.com.
GALAXY FOUNDATION SHOT OF THE WEEK: At each LA Galaxy home game, fans are invited to visit the Galaxy Foundation Booth to place your bid on the Galaxy Foundation's Shot of the Week presented by MoraPhotography.com. Each photo will be signed by the player or players featured. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY FOUNDATION JOINS GOODSEARCH: The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation has joined GoodSearch, which means that the Galaxy Foundation will earn a donation every time you search the Internet and receive a percentage of every purchase you make online through GoodShop.com.
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.
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