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LA Galaxy Weekly Update: July 6

After winning a pair of games at home last week, the LA Galaxy will hit the road for a pair of games in Seattle and Massachusetts this week. Those two games will end a stretch of five games in 15 days for the Galaxy, a run that followed a stretch of 16 straight days without a game for the club during the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

After defeating the Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday night at The Home Depot Center, the Galaxy will look to make it two wins in four days over the second year club when they host the Galaxy in a Quarterfinal of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Live audio and video of that game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., will be streamed on lagalaxy.com.

The team will then fly directly to Boston for a league game against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 10. The Galaxy collected their first road win over the Revolution in a regular season game since 1999, winning 2-1 last August, with Landon Donovan scoring the eventual MLS Goal of the Year in the first half of that game.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on Prime Ticket, starting with the Galaxy Live pregame show at 4 p.m., while KTLK 1150 AM and ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM will also carry the game live locally on the radio in English and Spanish respectively.  

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Tuesday, June 29, 2010; Galaxy 2 – AC St. Louis 0 – U.S. Open Cup Third Round – The Home Depot Center

Chris Klein and Juninho scored second half goals 11 minutes apart as the Galaxy advanced to the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over AC St. Louis of the USSF Division 2 Pro League. Josh Saunders kept a clean sheet for LA in the win, which set up a Quarterfinal date with Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night.

Saturday, July 3, 2010; Galaxy U-20’s 7 – Lancaster Rattlers U-20’s 0 – Antelope Valley High School

The Galaxy stretched their unbeaten streak to five games, cruising to a 7-0 win over the Rattlers in Lancaster. Evan Raynr and Scott Smith each scored twice while Michael Roman, Jake Troy and Andre Turoldo all added goals as the Galaxy kept their fourth clean sheet of the season.

Sunday, July 4, 2010; Galaxy 3 – Seattle Sounders FC 1 – The Home Depot Center – Attendance: 27,000

Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan returned to inspire the Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Seattle at The Home Depot Center. Buddle gave LA a 1-0 halftime advantage and Juninho doubled that lead with his first MLS goal just after the break. The Sounders’ Steve Zakuani cut the LA lead in half with just over 20 minute left, but a James Riley own goal ended all hopes of a Seattle comeback and kept the Galaxy unbeaten at home this season.

Monday, July 5, 2010; Galaxy U-20’s 3 – Chivas USA U-20’s 0 – The Home Depot Center

Edder Areola scored twice and Michael Roman added another as the Galaxy U-20’s exacted revenge for their only loss of the season, defeating Chivas USA 3-0 at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy defense kept their third straight clean sheet in the win, which pushed them to the top of their Division standings on goal difference with three games remaining in the season.

INJURY REPORT

Galaxy Injury Report

OUT – Mike Magee (Bilateral Sports Hernia – Surgery)

DOUBTFUL – None

QUESTIONABLE – Dema Kovalenko (Right Hamstring – Strain)

PROBABLE - None

TEAM NOTES

SEMIFINAL BERTH ON THE LINE WEDNESDAY: The Galaxy will look to get back to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals for the seventh time in club history and the first time since 2006 when they travel north to Seattle to take on the Sounders in an Open Cup Quarterfinal on Wednesday night. That game will be played at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. and kicks off at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the Open Cup Semifinals, where they will take on the winner of tonight’s game between Houston and Chivas USA.

This will be the third meeting between the Galaxy and Sounders in the history of the Open Cup, with the Galaxy winning each of the previous two. In 2000, Greg Vanney and Cobi Jones scored to lead LA to a 2-1 win over the Sounders in a Second Round game at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. Three years later, the Galaxy beat Seattle 5-1 in the Open Cup Quarterfinals at Seahawks Stadium behind a Carlos Ruiz hat trick and single goals from Antonio Martinez and Alejandro Moreno. LA went on to reach the semifinals of the Open Cup in each of those seasons.

In the Third Round of the 2001 Open Cup, the Galaxy beat the Sounders’ PDL club, Seattle Sounder Select, 3-1 en route to winning their first-ever Open Cup title.

MOVING ON UP: Tuesday’s win over St. Louis helped the Galaxy improve to 11-2 all-time against non-MLS clubs in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In the Open Cup game immediately following those games, the Galaxy are currently 8-3-1, with the only draw coming in 2001, when the Galaxy beat San Jose 10-9 on penalty kicks to decide their Open Cup Quarterfinal, which came two weeks after LA beat PDL side, Seattle Sounders Select.

TWO NEW SCORERS: In the win over AC St. Louis on Tuesday, Juninho and Chris Klein each scored the first Open Cup goal of their Galaxy careers. Klein, who had two Open Cup goals to his name before joining LA in 2007, gave LA a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute before Juninho added the first of his Galaxy career 11 minutes later. They are the 32nd and 33rd different Galaxy players to score for the club in the Open Cup and were the 12th and 13th different players to score for the club in an official competition this season.

In 2009, the Galaxy had 13 different goal scorers in MLS regular season, postseason Open Cup and international friendly games.

JUNINHO’S GAME-WINNER UP FOR MLS GOAL OF THE WEEK: Juninho continued his incredible week by scoring the first goal of his MLS career shortly after halftime in the 3-1 win over Seattle on Sunday night. That goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, has been nominated for the AT&T Goal of the Week award. Fans can go to http://www.mlssoccer.com/content/att-goal-week-vote-now in order to vote for Juninho’s goal and try to make him the first Galaxy player to win the Goal of the Week award this season. Voting ends at midnight on Thursday, July 8, with the winner being announced the following day.

BUDDLE AND DONOVAN RETURN: Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan were back in a Galaxy uniform for the first time since May 15, helping the Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Seattle at The Home Depot Center on Sunday night. The pair, who had missed the last five league games while with the U.S. National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, combined on LA’s first goal, with Buddle heading home a Donovan corner kick for his 10th goal of the season. Donovan collected his 10th assist of the year on the goal.

Donovan played the full 90 minutes in the game as the club’s captain, while Buddle played 62 minutes before being replaced by Alan Gordon.

DOUBLE DOUBLES: Despite missing five MLS games during their time with the U.S. National Team, Buddle and Donovan each remained atop the league standings in goals and assists respectively. Buddle’s 10 goals are one more than New York’s Juan Pablo Angel and two more than Toronto’s Dwayne DeRosario. This is the fourth time in Buddle’s MLS career that he scored 10 or more goals, doing so with Columbus in 2003 and 2004 before scoring a career-high 15 goals in 2008, his first full season with the Galaxy.

Donovan, who has never led MLS in assists, has 10 in 10 games so far this season, which is three more than any other player in the league. The Galaxy’s Michael Stephens is currently tied with San Jose’s Bobby Convey for the second most assists in the league this year with seven.

Donovan, who has assisted on six of Buddle’s 10 goals this season, has now recorded 10 or more assists five times in his 10-year MLS career, doing so in 2001 and 2004 with San Jose as well as in 2005 and 2007 with the Galaxy. In 2007, Donovan, who was nominated for the ESPY Award for the Best Player in MLS that year is on the ballot again in 2010 (go to http://espn.go.com/espys/#/home in order to vote for the award), had a career-high 13 assists.

CUP OF JOE WITH CHRIS KLEIN: Tune-in to the Galaxy's weekly live web show, Cup of Joe, with the English language radio voice of the Galaxy, Joe Tutino. On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Klein will join Tutino live from Seattle before the Galaxy face the Sounders in the Quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The show will air live on the Galaxy’s website, www.lagalaxy.com, where it will also be archived for future viewing.

Fans can participate asking by questions either beforehand or live during the chat. Start submitting questions for Chris now to socialmedia@lagalaxy.com

YOUTH ACADEMY

GALAXY U-20’S WIN TWO, MOVE INTO TIE FOR FIRST PLACE: The LA Galaxy U-20’s picked up a maximum of six points with two wins last week to move to the top of the Super-20 Pacific Southern California Division. The Galaxy scored 10 goals in their two games and did not concede any, stretching their unbeaten streak to six games since a season opening 3-1 loss to Chivas USA. Since that loss, the Galaxy are now 5-0-1 and are outscoring opponents 22-1, keeping a clean sheet in five of their last six games.

The Galaxy are now 5-1-1 on the season for 16 points, leaving them in a tie for first place with Chivas USA and SUSA – Everton, and putting them one point ahead of fourth place Poway. Of those four teams, the Galaxy have played the fewest number of games with seven, while SUSA and Poway have each played eight and Chivas USA have completed their season by playing all 10 of their games to finish with a 5-1-4 record.

LA is back in action on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. when they take on SUSA – Everton at UC – Riverside. Two days later, on Friday, July 9, the Galaxy travel south to Poway to take on the Vaqueros at 7 p.m. at Poway High School. A win in each of those two games will guarantee the Galaxy their second in the three year’s of the club’s involvement in the USL Super-20 League. If LA wins the division, they will qualify for the Super-20 Finals, which will be held later in the summer.

The Galaxy will finish off their season on Tuesday, July 13 when they take on the Southern California Seahorses, who held LA to a 1-1 draw late last month, in La Mirada.

IN THE COMMUNITY

LOS ANGELES GALAXY FOUNDATION NEEDS FAN SUPPORT TO WIN $250,000 FROM CHASE COMMUNITY GIVING: Only 6 days left to vote for the Galaxy Foundation! Fans can vote for the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation by visiting the Chase Community Giving program at: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/954770699-los-angeles-galaxy-foundation. To vote you must "LIKE" Chase Community Giving" first & then cast your vote. After voting, you can go back into your application setting, listed under the "account" dropdown in the upper right of your screen & remove the application's access or block it entirely. Thanks for your support!

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.

FOR THE FANS

GALAXY HELP ARRANGE TRIPS FOR FANS TO SAN JOSE AND NEW YORK: Galaxy fans wishing to see their team play live in New York on August 14 or San Jose on August 21 are in luck as the club has paired with Bixby Travel Company to put together a pair of exciting travel packages. Visit Bixby’s official website at http://www.bixbytravelcompany.com/ for complete details and pricing for both trips.

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