CARSON, Calif. – After a busy week that saw them eliminated from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and play a friendly with Real Madrid in front of more than 55,000 fans at the L.A. Coliseum, the Galaxy will return to MLS action on Wednesday night when they host the Columbus Crew at The Home Depot Center. That game, which is presented by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with the first 6,000 fans to enter the stadium receiving a free, soft lunch box courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Prime Ticket will show that game live starting with the Galaxy Live pregame show at 7 p.m.
This will be the first meeting of the year between the Galaxy and Crew, who will face off again at Crew Stadium on September 24. Bruce Arena’s team swept the season series from Columbus in 2010, winning 2-0 on the road in May behind goals from Michael Stephens and Tristan Bowen, while Edson Buddle, Dema Kovalenko and Jovan Kirovski all scored in LA’s 3-1 win over the Crew at The Home Depot Center in September.
Three days after facing the Crew, the Galaxy will host Manchester City for the first time ever in a friendly that will be the final game of the Herbalife World Football Challenge for both sides. The Galaxy will face the reigning FA Cup champions at The Home Depot Center, with the game scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will each broadcast the game live while it will also be carried live online at ESPN3.com
Galaxy Injury Report
OUT – Sean Alvarado (Right Knee – Surgery), Leonardo (Right Knee – Surgery), Donovan Ricketts (Left Ulna – Fracture)
DOUBTFUL – None
QUESTIONABLE – Chad Barrett (Right Knee – Sprain), David Beckham (Back Spasms), Sean Franklin (Left Hamstring - Strain), Omar Gonzalez (Fractured Nose), Frankie Hejduk (Right Ankle – Inflammation), Mike Magee (Right Hamstring – Tightness)
PROBABLE – None
GONZALEZ REMOVED FROM GAMEDAY ROSTER FOR MLS ALL-STAR GAME: LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez was not included in Hans Backe’s 22-man MLS All-Star Gameday Roster after suffering a fractured nose in training last week. Gonzalez was originally named to the All-Star First XI but will now be forced to miss the All-Star Game, which will be played on July 27 at Red Bull Arena.
Gonzalez, who missed just two games in his first two years as a pro, missed the losses to Seattle in the Open Cup and Real Madrid in the World Football Challenge because of the injury. He has appeared in and started 18 of the Galaxy’s 21 regular season games this year, playing the full 90 minutes in 17 of those games. He missed the first three games of the year with a shoulder injury and was then forced to leave the 0-0 draw with Seattle on July 4 after suffering a hip pointer.
This is the second straight season in which Gonzalez has been named to the MLS All-Star team. He came on at halftime of last year’s game against Manchester United in Houston, and played 45 minutes in his All-Star debut.
With Gonzalez missing out, the Galaxy will have three players on Hans Backe’s 22-man MLS All-Star Gameday Roster with David Beckham slated to appear in his second MLS All-Star Game, Landon Donovan his 11th and Sean Franklin his first.
UNBEATEN STREAK UP TO 12: The Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games last week with a 2-1 home win over the Chicago Fire. With the win, the Galaxy are now 6-0-6 in their last 12 games. They have not lost in the league since a 2-1 defeat at Pizza Hut Park on May 1 and have recorded 24 of their league-best 39 points during this streak in which they are outscoring opponents16-7.
Landon Donovan leads the team with six goals during the streak while Juan Pablo Angel, Chad Barrett and David Beckham each have two goals and Juninho and Miguel Lopez each scored once with another goal coming from a Drew Moor own goal.
This is just the 16th time in league history that a team has recorded an unbeaten streak of 12 games or longer with four of those being run up by the Galaxy. With at least a point against the Crew, LA will climb into the all-time top 10 with a 13-game unbeaten streak. MLS teams have gone unbeaten in more than 12 straight games just nine times in the history of the league.
The Galaxy have a record six unbeaten streaks of 10 games or more. No other MLS team has more than four unbeaten streaks of 10 games or more since the start of MLS in 1996. Before this season, the Galaxy last had an unbeaten streak of 10 games or more last season when they tied a club record by going 15 straight games without a loss a streak that began in October 2009 before finally being snapped with a loss at Real Salt Lake in June 2010.
Prior to the loss to Seattle in the Open Cup last Wednesday, the Galaxy were unbeaten in 13 straight games in all competitions.
UNBEATEN AGAINST THE EAST: The Galaxy will face their second straight Eastern Conference opponent on Wednesday night when they host the Columbus Crew. This is the first meeting of the year between the Galaxy and Crew, who are the only Eastern Conference team that LA has not yet faced this season.
In 13 previous games against Eastern Conference teams this season, the Galaxy are 6-0-7 for a total of 25 points, outscoring their opponents 17-8 in those matches. At The Home Depot Center, the Galaxy are 4-0-4 against the East with Columbus the final Eastern Conference team that they will face at home this season. Bruce Arena’s team have already beaten Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Sporting Kansas City at home this season, while playing to a draw with D.C. United, New England, New York and Toronto FC.
Since the start of the 2009 season, the Galaxy have a 22-5-16 record against the East, going 8-1-5 in 2009 and 8-4-4 in 2010.
BACK TO BACK FOR CRISTMAN: In their two games last week, the Galaxy scored two goals, tallying once against Seattle in the 3-1 loss in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals and then again in the 4-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Coliseum on Sunday. These were the first two goals that Cristman has scored in first team competition with the Galaxy after being acquired in January from D.C. United. He has made two appearances off the bench for LA this season in the league, while also playing in both of the club’s U.S. Open Cup matches.
Cristman now has four goals in a Galaxy uniform, scoring twice for the first team and twice in Reserve League play, though the Galaxy are just 1-3-0 in the four games that he scores in.
MANCHESTER CITY UNBEATEN AT WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE: Manchester City, the Galaxy’s opponent in Sunday’s friendly as part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge, have won each of their first two games on their North American preseason tour. After arriving in Southern California earlier this month, City had a week of training in the area before travelling to north to San Francisco, where they defeated Club America 2-0 at AT&T Park behind goals from Ryan McGivern and Shawn Wright-Philips. Roberto Mancini’s squad claimed their second win of the competition on Monday night, defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1. After trailing 1-0 at the half, City equalized through John Guidetti in the 68th minute before Wright-Phillips scored his second goal in as many games.
The Galaxy will host the reigning FA Cup champions at The Home Depot Center on Sunday. The game, which will be shown live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and online at ESPN3.com will kick off at 1 p.m. Tickets for the game are still available starting at just $30 by visiting www.lagalaxy.com/mancitytickets.
LA GALAXY YOUTH ACADEMY
GALAXY U-16’S WIN DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FINAL: The Galaxy Academy U-16’s won the first national championship in the program’s history on Saturday, defeating the PA Classics 4-1 to claim the U.S. Soccer Development Academy championship. Justin Dhillon, Sean Dhillon, Drew Murphy and Willie Raygoza all scored in the Final for the Galaxy, who finished with 12 goals scored at Finals Week, the most of any of the eight teams that competed, while allowing just two, which were the fewest.
After winning the SoCal Division of the Academy’s West Conference with a 20-5-3 record in all competition, the Galaxy advanced to Finals Week with a perfect 3-0-0 record at the Development Academy Playoffs in Frisco, Texas, beating Sporting Kansas City, the IMG Academy and the Houston Dynamo. At Finals Week, the Galaxy opened with a 1-1 draw with Real So Cal before beating the Dallas Texans 4-0 and the Seattle Sounders 3-0 to win their group with a 2-0-1 record for seven points. In the Final against PA Classics, Sean Dhillon gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game before PA equalized early in the second half. However, goals from Raygoza, Justin Dhillon and Murphy in the game’s final 20 minutes gave the Galaxy an insurmountable lead and the championship.
GALAXY SEND TWO TEAMS TO TEXAS FOR GENERATION ADIDAS CUP: On Sunday, the Galaxy will send U-15 and U-17 teams to Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas for the Generation adidas Cup. Formerly known as the SUM U-17 Cup, the tournament features the best Academy teams of all the MLS clubs. This is the first year that the competition has added a U-15 bracket with the Galaxy serving as one of the eight teams that will play in that competition.
Eddie Soto will coach the Galaxy U-17’s as they compete in Group D. The Galaxy will open the competition on Monday, July 25 against the New York Red Bulls. One day later, they will face the Chicago Fire before rounding out group play on Thursday, July 28. Depending on where they finish in the group, the Galaxy will then move on to a pair of placement games on July 29 and July 31, with each of the four group winners advancing to the tournament semifinals, which will be played on Thursday, ahead of the Final on Sunday.
The U-15’s, who will be lead by Kenny Arena, have been entered into Group B, where they will open the tournament with a game against Houston on Wednesday, July 27 before taking on Seattle a day later and then finishing group play on July 30 against New York. The following day, the Galaxy will face the team that finished in the same spot as them in Group A, with the winner of each group facing one another for the U-15 championship.
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