Galaxy weekly update
FIRST PLACE L.A. GALAXY HOST COLORADO IN WESTERN CONFERENCE SHOWDOWN:
Sitting in first place in Major League Soccer, the Los Angeles Galaxy (3-1-2, 11pts, 1st West) will host the Colorado Rapids (1-1-3, 8pts, 5th West) at The Home Depot Center at 7 pm (PT). Coming off a dramatic road victory, the Galaxy will look to add a home win against the Rapids after tying them on April 17, 1-1, in their first meeting of the 2004 season. The Galaxy presently hold a 20-11-1 advantage over the Rapids in MLS' first nine seasons, and dominate at home vs. Colorado during their history, boasting an impressive 13-3-0 home record against the Rapids. Galaxy fans can hear it live on radio in three languages on KMPC 1540 AM (English), KMXE 830 AM (Spanish) and Radio Korea 1230 (Korean).
GALAXY MAKE SPECIAL OFFER TO ALL MOTHERS FOR MAY 15 MATCH:
The Los Angeles Galaxy resume their 2004 home schedule this Saturday, May 15 at 7 pm against John Spencer and the Colorado Rapids. In appreciation of all mothers, the Galaxy will host Soccer Mom Appreciation Night with all Moms receiving a free ticket for the game, if accompanied by a paid adult ticket. The match will be the Galaxy's second consecutive match against a Western Conference opponent, with the club traveling to Dallas to meet the Burn in the Cotton Bowl the previous week. Fans interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information should call the Galaxy ticket office at 1-877-3GALAXY or log-on to www.lagalaxy.com.
KIROVSKI VOTED HONDA MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
L.A. Galaxy forward Jovan Kirovski was named Honda MLS Player of the Week by the Professional Soccer Reporters Association (PSRA) for the week ending May 8, 2004 (Week 6). The 28-year old recorded his first career multi-goal game as the visiting Galaxy defeated the Dallas Burn 3-1, ending a 17-game road winless streak. The California native has scored three goals and registered one assist in his first six games in MLS, tying him for second place on the League scoring charts. Kirovski, who returned stateside this year after 12 years in Europe, nearly scored early in the second half when his shot from the top of the box struck the crossbar with the Galaxy trailing 1-0. The U.S. international would connect on his next chance in the 57th minute, when he headed home a cross from Chris Albright at the penalty spot to even the score. The U.S. international (61 caps, nine goals) gave the Galaxy the lead only eight minutes later, this time hitting a quick shot on the turn from just outside the area that settled inside the left post. The 3-1 victory was the first win away from home for the Galaxy since a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on September 21, 2002. Kirovski, the second Galaxy player to win the honors this year (Ruiz - Week 4), was selected ahead of New England goalkeeper Adin Brown and MetroStars forward Cornell Glen. The Honda Major League Soccer Player of the Week is selected every week throughout the MLS regular season by a panel of journalists from the Professional Soccer Reporters Association (PSRA).
KIROVSKI DOUBLE GIVES GALAXY ROAD VICTORY OVER BURN, 3-1:
Jovan Kirovski scored goals eight minutes apart in the second half as the Los Angeles Galaxy ended their 17-game road winless streak with a 3-1 victory against the Dallas Burn at the Cotton Bowl on May 8, handing the home side their first loss of the season. Toni Nhleko had given the Burn an early lead, but Kirovski struck twice shortly after the halftime break. Carlos Ruiz rounded out the scoring in stoppage time with his league-leading sixth goal of the year as the Galaxy took over sole possession of the Western Conference from the Burn.
RUIZ SCORES GOAL IN GUATEMALA'S 1-0 VICTORY OVER HAITI:
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz, the leading scorer thus far in the 2004 MLS regular season with six goals and two assists for 14 total points, led the national team of his native Guatemala to a 1-0 victory over Haiti at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City. After being fouled in the box, Ruiz scored the game-winner on the ensuing penalty kick in the 49th minute. The friendly comes as Guatemala continues preparations for the second round of CONCACAF qualifying to the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006, with the chapines slated to play a home-and-home series against Caribbean minnows Suriname on June 12 and 19.
MÁS GALAXY TO BREAK DOWN THE GALAXY AND THE RAPIDS WEDNESDAY AT 8 PM:
Más Galaxy, the club's Spanish-Language radio talk show, which airs each Wednesday at 8 pm on KMXE 830 AM, will give fans an inside look at the Galaxy-Rapids match-up this week. The program, hosted by Troy Santiago and Rigoberto Cervantez, will feature interviews with players from each team as well as analysis by both Santiago and Cervantez. Remember Galaxy fans, for the latest news on your favorite team, tune in every Wednesday night throughout the 2004 season to Mas Galaxy, only on KMXE 830 AM.
PARADISE RESTAURANT IN GARDENA TO HOST POST-GAME PARTY AFTER COLORADO MATCH:
Paradise Restaurant in Gardena will be hosting a post-game party for fans with Galaxy after each home game during the 2004 season. Go to LAGalaxy.com for a complete list of all the players who will be there after this Saturday's match. Fans will have the chance to get autographs, take pictures, and enjoy post-game happy hour fare. The restaurant is located at the intersection of the 110 and 405 Freeways. From The Home Depot Center, those attending should travel west on Victoria Street, turn right on Vermont and then make immediate right into the parking lot.
DON'T MISS GALAXY DEPORTIVO, THIS AND EVERY SATURDAY AT 3:00 P.M. ON CHANNEL 22:
Galaxy Deportivo, The weekly, half-hour Spanish language television show devoted to the Los Angeles Galaxy, can be seen this Saturday, May 15 at 3 p.m. on KWHY - Channel 22. This week, they will take an in-depth look at that evening's Galaxy-Rapids match. Galaxy Deportivo, hosted by Los Angeles area personalities Jaime Motta and Elmer Polanco can be seen at 3 p.m. each and every Saturday on Channel 22.
2004 GALAXY TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Los Angeles Galaxy tickets are now on sale for the 2004 MLS season at The Home Depot Center. For more information or to purchase your 2004 Los Angeles Galaxy tickets, please call toll-free 1-877-3GALAXY.
WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS GP W L T Pts LA 6 3 1 2 11 DAL 5 2 1 2 8 KC 5 2 1 2 8 SJ 6 1 2 3 6 COL 5 1 1 3 6
This week's schedule Tues. May 11 10 am - UF 1 Wed. May 12 10 am - UF 1 4 pm - UF 1 Thurs. May 13 10 am - UF 1 Fri. May 14 10 am - UF 1 Sat. May 15 Galaxy vs. Rapids 7 pm (PT) - The Home Depot Center Sun. May 16 OFF Mon. May 17 Depart for D.C.
Galaxy Injury Report Player Injury Status Paul Broome Serious Infection of third Questionable Toe on Left Foot Danny Califf Sprained Right MCL Doubtful Tyrone Marshall Sprained Left MCL Doubtful Peter Vagenas Strained Right Groin Doubtful Sasha Victorine Sprained Right Ankle Probable
Did you know? Saturday's win against the Dallas Burn marked the Galaxy's first victory away from home since the final game of the 2002 season came when they defeated the San Jose Earthquakes on September 9 at Spartan Stadium However, the 17-game streak was one short of the MLS record, set by D.C. United over the 2001 and 2002 seasons.