Weekly update: Galaxy finish road trip
A quick look at the Los Angeles Galaxy headlines for the week of September 20, 2004 ...
L.A. Galaxy Conclude Road Trip With Final Visit of 2004 to San Jose
Western Conference Update - Four Weeks Remaining in the 2004 Regular Season
Tickets Still Available For Galaxy's Expected Sellout on McDonalds/AYSO Day October 2
Galaxy Suffer 2-0 Defeat to Burn in Dallas
L.A. GALAXY CONCLUDE ROAD TRIP WITH FINAL VISIT OF 2004 TO SAN JOSE: The Los Angeles Galaxy (10-8-8, 38 pts - 3rd West) travel to Northern California for the final time of the 2004 regular season for a match against the San Jose Earthquakes (9-10-7, 34 pts - 5th West) on Saturday, September 25 at 7:00 pm (PT) at Spartan Stadium. The match will come just two weeks after the Galaxy took a 2-1-0 lead in the season series with a convincing 2-1 win at The Home Depot Center in Carson. The California Clasico takes on added importance this time around, as the teams continue to jockey for playoff positioning in MLS' Western Conference (see related note below). The crucial game will be broadcast live on radio throughout Southern California in both English (KMPC 1540 AM) and Spanish (KMXE 830 AM). This very important match will also be televised (tape-delayed) on KCAL-9, beginning at 8:00 pm (PT).
WESTERN CONFERENCE UPDATE - FOUR WEEKS REMAINING IN THE 2004 REGULAR SEASON: The Western Conference playoff race continues to be one of the most competitive in Major League Soccer history, with all five teams separated by a grand total of seven points entering play next weekend. The race could get all the more jumbled with two crucial inter-conference match-ups on the weekend. Not only will the Galaxy and the Earthquakes tangle in San Jose, but also the Kansas City Wizards, atop the table with 41 points, will host the second-placed Colorado Rapids (39). The Dallas Burn (presently in fourth place) also have a difficult match, traveling to the East Coast to play a MetroStars team that is second in the other conference. With no playoff berths yet clinched in the West and the majority of the remaining matches coming against Conference opponents, each team will control their own destiny down the stretch.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR GALAXY'S EXPECTED SELLOUT ON McDONALDS/AYSO DAY OCTOBER 2: Following a home sellout on September 11 against the San Jose Earthquakes, the Los Angeles Galaxy return to The Home Depot Center on Saturday, October 2 for a Western Conference battle against the Kansas City Wizards on McDonalds/AYSO Day. Tickets are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Galaxy ticket off toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY.
"GUATEMALAN NIGHT" ACTIVITIES TO CENTER AROUND OCT. 2 GAME AS WELL: In addition their match against the Wizards on Oct. 2, the Galaxy and the Christian Latin Business Association (CLBA) will host a special night for Guatemalans in the Southland. Among the activities planned are a fund-raiser to fight infant mortality in Guatemala and a job fair where the Latino Community of Southern California will have the chance to directly apply for jobs. Several area businesses will be looking for qualified bilingual applicants, which are in high demand in Los Angeles Metropolitan area. For more information please contact Jose Espinosa at (866) 307-2522, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALAXY SUFFER 2-0 DEFEAT TO BURN IN DALLAS: Eddie Johnson twice took advantage of defensive miscues and the Dallas Burn helped further tighten the Western Conference playoff race by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. Johnson took advantage of an early defensive mistake and later slotted home the rebound of a Jason Kreis shot to provide the game's only scoring and pull himself into a four-way tie atop the MLS goal-scoring chart. The speedy U.S. international now has 11 goals on the season, as do Brian Ching of the San Jose Earthquakes, Carlos Ruiz of the Galaxy and Pat Noonan of the New England Revolution.
MAS GALAXY PREVIEWS THE GALAXY AND THE QUAKES: 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-Earthquakes game. The program, hosted by Troy Santiago and Rigoberto Cervantez, will feature interviews with guests from around the league 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 Más Galaxy, only on KMXE 830 AM.
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, September 25 on KWHY - Channel 22. Galaxy Deportivo can be seen at 3 p.m. each and every Saturday on Channel 22.
WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS GP W L T Pts KC 26 12 9 5 41 COL 27 10 8 9 39 LA 26 10 8 8 38 DAL 26 10 11 5 35 SJ 26 9 10 7 34
This week's schedule
Tues. Sept. 21: 10:00 am - T2
Wed. Sept. 22: 7:00 pm - T2
Thurs. Sept. 23: 10:00 am - Stadium Field
Fri. Sept. 24: 10:30 am - Stadium Field; 3:05 pm - travel to San Jose
Sat. Sept. 25: 7:00 pm (PT) Galaxy @ San Jose - Spartan Stadium - San Jose, CA
Sun. Sept. 26: 11:30 am - T3
Mon. Sept. 27: OFF
NOTE TO MEDIA: all training fields are at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA unless indicated differently. Times and locations are subject to change. Media attending training must notify Galaxy Communications upon their arrival at The Home Depot Center and wait to be escorted to the correct field.
Galaxy Injury Report
Chris Aloisi, Sprained left MCL
Ned Grabavoy, Left hip flexor
Hong Myung Bo, Strained left calf
Jovan Kirovski, Tendonitis right knee
Carlos Ruiz, Strained right hamstring
Marcelo Saragosa, Right hip flexor
Scot Thompson, Sprained left knee
Did you know ... That Galaxy Head Coach Steve Sampson was the first American-born coach to lead the USA to a FIFA World Cup finals when he guided the stars and stripes to FIFA World Cup France 1998.