Weekly update: National pride
A quick look at the Los Angeles Galaxy headlines for the week of January 30, 2006 ...
FOUR L.A. GALAXY PLAYERS PLAY A PART IN USA'S 5-0 DEFEAT OF NORWAY: Four members of the Galaxy saw action for the USA in their 5-0 defeat of Norway on Sunday at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills, each reaching a personal milestone. Midfielder Landon Donovan, who had one assist, earned his 75th cap, tying him for 20th all-time in U.S. history. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made his first career start with the Stars and Stripes and also earned his first career shutout representing his country. Defender Todd Dunivant made his national team debut, played the entire match and registered two assists. Finally, defender Ugo Ihemelu earned his first career cap as a late-game substitution on team manager Bruce Arena's backline.
GALAXY AND KOREA REPUBLIC MEET FEBRUARY 8 AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The 2005 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy will play host to the Korea Republic national team in an international exhibition on Wednesday, February 8 at 8 pm at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy are coming off a 2005 season that saw the club capture both the MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles. In 2006, they will again compete in those competitions and also take part in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, one of the premier club competitions in the Americas. Korea Republic, meanwhile, will be competing this June in Group G of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany against France, Togo and Switzerland after reaching the semifinals on the world stage in 2002, when they were led by Hong Myung-Bo, a member of the Galaxy in 2003 and 2004. Korea Republic's match against the Galaxy is part of an eight-game tour that will see them play in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and the USA, and began with a contest in Dubai on January 15. For more information or to purchase tickets to the match, call the Galaxy ticket office at 1-877-3-GALAXY or click here.
TICKETS ALREADY ON SALE FOR CHAMPIONS' CUP MATCH AGAINST DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA: Tickets are already on sale to watch the 2005 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy take on Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica in a CONCACAF Champions' Cup match on Thursday, February 23 at 8 pm at The Home Depot Center. The match in Carson is the first leg of a home-and-home quarterfinal series between the teams, with the return match to be played at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on Wednesday, March 8. Individual tickets for the match range from $15-$75 with discounts available for groups of 15 or more. The Galaxy are also offering special advance packages, which include a ticket to the Galaxy's MLS home opener on April 1 against the New England Revolution. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Galaxy toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY or click here.
REMATCH OF MLS CUP 2005 COMES TO CARSON ON APRIL 1 AS GALAXY AND REVS TANGLE: The 2005 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy will open their 2006 season against the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 1 at 8 pm (PT) at The Home Depot Center. The game will be a hotly contested rematch of MLS Cup 2005, where the Galaxy defeated Revs, 1-0, in overtime. The Los Angeles Galaxy have compiled an impressive all-time record of 8-2-0 in their 10 previous MLS home openers and are unbeaten since a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at the Rose Bowl on April 7, 2001. The 2006 home opener will be the Galaxy's second under coach Steve Sampson. The club previously defeated Real Salt Lake, 3-1, on April 9, 2005.
2006 GALAXY SEASON TICKETS ALREADY ON SALE: Los Angeles Galaxy season tickets for 2006 are already on sale. For more information or to reserve your seats today, call the Galaxy ticket office at 1-877-3GALAXY or click here.
Galaxy Weekly Training Schedule
Date Time/Location Tues. Jan. 31 OFF Wed. Feb. 1 9 am & 3 pm - University Field #2 Thurs. Feb. 2 11 am - CLOSED SESSION Fri. Feb. 3 9 am & 3 pm - University Field #2 Sat. Feb. 4 10 am - University Field # 2 Sun. Feb. 5 OFF Mon. Feb. 6 9 am & 3 pm - TBA
NOTE TO MEDIA: All practice times are listed in Pacific Time and are subject to change without notice.
Did you know ... That former Los Angeles Galaxy assistant coach Afshin Ghotbi is now an assistant for the Korea Republic national team?