Weekly update: Fire to visit Galaxy
A quick look at the Los Angeles Galaxy headlines for the week of April 3, 2006 ...
L.A. GALAXY FACE CHICAGO FIRE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 8 AT 7:30 PM (PT) AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER FOLLOWED BY POST-GAME FIREWORKS SHOW: The 2005 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy continues the 2006 season on Saturday, April 8 when they host the Chicago Fire at 7:30 pm (PT), presented by Verizon Wireless, at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills. Courtesy of Verizon Wireless, the Galaxy will be handing out thundersticks to the first 10,000 fans at the game. In addition, Galaxy fans will be able to watch a special post-game fireworks celebration immediately following the match. The Galaxy is looking to rebound for its first win of the season following a 1-0 opening night defeat to the New England Revolution April 1 at The Home Depot Center. Clint Dempsey scored the only goal for the Revolution in the 33rd minute. The Fire also dropped its season opener 3-2 to FC Dallas on April 1.
For those Galaxy fans unable to make it out to The Home Depot Center, the game will be televised LIVE on FSN Primeticket, beginning with the Galaxy Live pre-game show at 7 pm and will also be broadcast LIVE on the radio in Spanish on KMXE 830 am and English on CA$H 1700 AM.
2005 CHAMPIONSHIP RING CEREMONY: Saturday night before kick-off, the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrated the club's historic "Double" from 2005 in which the club became the third in League history to capture the MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships in the same year, receiving their championship rings following a special video tribute and moment of silence that honored the life of Galaxy President and General Manager Doug Hamilton.
GORDON UNDERGOES SUCCESFUL SURGERY: L.A. Galaxy forward Alan Gordon underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia on Monday. Dr. Craig Smith performed the surgery at Centinela Hospital in Los Angeles. Gordon, who appeared in five games with the Galaxy in 2005, is expected to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks. Gordon scored one goal and registered one assist with the Galaxy reserve team last season.
2006 L.A. GALAXY TOURNAMENTS AND EVENTS: The L.A. Galaxy are pleased to announce that the Galaxy Clasico II adult soccer tournament and Copa LA V youth soccer tournament will both be returning to the San Bernardino Soccer Complex in 2006.
The second annual Galaxy Clasico II will take place on May 20th and 21st, and will see competitive teams in the Men's and Women's Open Divisions, as well as friendly competition in the Men's Over 30, Over 40, and Over 50 divisions, plus the Women's Over 30 division. The Men's Open Division will play for a cash prize and the chance to be seen Galaxy scouts will be in attendance.
The fifth anniversary of the Copa L.A. V tournament will again take place over Memorial Day weekend from May 27th - 29th in San Bernardino. Besides playing in a first class tournament at a great facility, participants will also have fun enjoying the sponsor booths and gifts, appearances by Galaxy players, and many other elements sure to create the memory of a lifetime for all those in attendance. More than 100 teams are expected, so sign up early to reserve your spot.
For more information or to register for Galaxy Tournaments or events, visit www.lagalaxy.com and click on "Galaxy events" or call 1-877-3Galaxy.
GALAXY KICK OFF 2006 GALAXY STARS PROGRAM: The Los Angeles Galaxy are proud to once again announce the Galaxy Stars program, supporters club specifically for fans ages 16 and under. Galaxy Stars members receive gifts for attending specified Galaxy games, invitations to events with Galaxy players, exclusive access to the Galaxy Stars webpage and much more. Fans interested can visit www.lagalaxy.com for more information.
MAS GALAXY THIS WEDNESDAY ON 830AM: Más Galaxy, the club's Spanish-Language radio talk show, returns to the air this week at a new time, 6 pm, as the Galaxy prepares to host the Chicago Fire on April 8. The program, hosted by Ernesto Rubi, the Spanish-language voice of the Galaxy, features an in-depth look at the Galaxy and their opponent each week. Remember Galaxy fans, for the latest news on your favorite team, tune in every Wednesday night to Más Galaxy, only on 830 AM.
GALAXY DEPORTIVO BREAKS DOWN ALL THE ACTION SATURDAY: Galaxy Deportivo, The weekly, half-hour Spanish language television show devoted to the Los Angeles Galaxy, can be seen this Saturday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. on KWHY - Channel 22. Galaxy Deportivo, hosted by Los Angeles area personality Elmer Polanco, can be seen at the same time each and every Saturday on Channel 22.
2006 GALAXY SEASON TICKETS STILL ON SALE: Los Angeles Galaxy season tickets for 2006 are still on sale. For more information or to reserve your seats today, call the Galaxy ticket office at 1-877-3GALAXY or visit the club's website at www.lagalaxy.com.
Galaxy Weekly Schedule
Tues. April 4: 10 am - Track Field
Wed. April 5: 10 am - Track Field
Thurs. April 6: 10 am - Track Field
Fri. April 7: 10 am - Track Field
Sat. April 8: 7:30 pm - L.A. Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire at The Home Depot Center on FSN Primeticket, CASH 1700 AM (English) and 830 AM (Spanish)
Sun. Apr. 9: 10 am - Galaxy Reserves vs. Fire Reserves at Track Field
Mon. Apr. 10: Off
NOTE TO MEDIA: All practice times are listed in Pacific Time and are subject to change without notice.
Galaxy Injury Report
OUT - Alan Gordon (sports hernia)
DOUBTFUL - None
QUESTIONABLE - Todd Dunivant (strained left calf), Quavas Kirk (fractured right foot), Joseph Ngwenya (strained groin)
PROBABLE - None
Did you know ... Two members of the Los Angeles Galaxy, rookie Nathan Sturgis and second-year midfielder Josh Gardner made their first career MLS starts on Saturday, April 1 against the Revolution? Sturgis played 71 minutes in his MLS debut and Gardner played 62 minutes in his fourth MLS appearance.