Weekly update: Return of the clásico

A quick look at the Los Angeles Galaxy headlines for the week of September 6, 2004 ...

L.A. Galaxy Clash With San Jose Earthquakes This Saturday at The Home Depot Center

Galaxy - Quakes Game a Los Angeles Times Family Night

Galaxy's Marshall, Jones and Ruiz All See Field For Respective National Teams

Moreno Returns After Venezuela's Qualifying Defeat at Paraguay

Hormel "Mi Sabor" Clinic Offers Young Galaxy Fans a Chance To Play Soccer With Their Heroes

U.S. Soccer Foundation Passback Program Comes To Carson

L.A. GALAXY CLASH WITH SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES THIS SATURDAY AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The Los Angeles Galaxy (9-7-8, 35 pts - 3rd West) host their biggest rivals this Saturday as the San Jose Earthquakes (9-7-7, 34 pts - 4th West) make the short trip from Northern California for an important Western Conference match at The Home Depot Center at 7 pm (PT). Not only are the two rivals jostling for playoff positions themselves, but all five teams in the West are separated by a mere six points in the standings as the 2004 regular season hits the home stretch. The Galaxy will control their own destiny over their final six regular season games - each of them against a Western Conference opponent and each meaning a potential six-point swing in the standings.

In addition to what promises to be an electric evening of soccer in Carson, the first 10,000 fans 16 and under attending the game will receive a Galaxy soccer ball. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Galaxy ticket office toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY.

For Galaxy fans not able to attend the match in person, it will be available on radio in the Southland in three different languages, courtesy of the club's radio partners: KMPC 1540 AM (English), KMXE 830 AM (Spanish) and KYPA 1230 AM (Korean).

Prior to the game, the Galaxy will also present a special tribute to those who died in the multiple terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The tribute will include a moment of silence in remembrance of those who perished in those attacks and the singing of the national anthem prior to the match by U.S. Army Sergeant Corlin E. Morrison of the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion stationed in Culver City, CA.

GALAXY - QUAKES GAME A LOS ANGELES TIMES FAMILY NIGHT: The Galaxy are pleased to announce that their next home match - against the San Jose Earthquakes on September 11 will be the next chance this season for fans to purchase a Los Angeles Times Galaxy Family Pack. For as a little as $52, a family of four gets four match tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and a Los Angeles Times newspaper. To take advantage of this offer, please call the Galaxy ticket office toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY.

GALAXY'S MARSHALL, JONES AND RUIZ ALL SEE FIELD FOR RESPECTIVE NATIONAL TEAMS: Three Galaxy players called in to their respective national teams saw action on the weekend. Defender Tyrone Marshall played all 90 minutes as a ten-man Jamaica dropped a surprising 2-1 decision to Panama in Kingston in Group A of the CONCACAF semifinal stage. Also in Group A, midfielder Cobi Jones made his U.S.-record 162nd appearance for the Red-White-and Blue, entering as a substitute in the 69th minute of a 2-0 defeat of El Salvador. Finally, in Group B, forward Carlos Ruiz played the entire match as Guatemala put a shock 2-1 defeat on Costa Rica. All three can be expected to again be ready to play for their respective national selections on their next matchday on Wednesday before returning to the Galaxy in time for Saturday's important clash with the Quakes.

MORENO RETURNS AFTER VENEZUELA'S QUALIFYING DEFEAT AT PARAGUAY: Galaxy forward Alejandro Moreno returned to the club this week after traveling to Asuncion, Paraguay for Venezuela's most-recent qualifying match to 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. Moreno did not play for the vinotintos in their 1-0 defeat Sunday and will have a full week of training with his Galaxy teammates. Venezuela host defending World Cup champions Brazil in their next qualifier on October 10.

HORMEL "MI SABOR" CLINIC OFFERS YOUNG GALAXY FANS A CHANCE TO PLAY SOCCER WITH THEIR HEROES: Young Galaxy fans should make plans now to attend the 3rd Annual Hormel Foods "Mi Sabor" Soccer Clinic on Sunday, September 12th from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at The Home Depot Center Track & Field facility. Any kids from 7 - 14 years old interested in winning a scholarship to the clinic are welcome to register at the gates BEFORE noon. Winners will be announced on site and will receive professional soccer instruction from the World Youth Soccer Academy and Galaxy players, Carlos Ruiz and Arturo Torres! The entire day is FREE and open to the public! Bring your family out to watch the clinic and stay for the fun! Try fabulous recipes from Hormel Foods Corporation and Herdez Corporation ...plus FREE contests, inflatables and activities for the entire family!

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION PASSBACK PROGRAM COMES TO THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: The Los Angeles Galaxy, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Eurosport, Kwik Goal and Western Union, are joining forces to bring the USSF Passback Program to the Galaxy's home game this Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes. Galaxy fans attending that evening's match are invited to donate "used but usable" soccer equipment to the collection - which will benefit local soccer organizations in Southern California. The donated soccer gear - jerseys, shorts, shoes, balls and shin guards are all acceptable - can be dropped off at any one of several locations throughout The Home Depot Center. In addition to the equipment being donated by fans attending the match, Western Union has pledged to contribute jerseys, shorts, shin guards and shoes as part of their local support of the Passback Program.

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 11 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      24      11      8       5        38     
COL     25       9      7       9        36     
LA      24       9      7       8        35     
SJ      23       9      7       7        34     
DAL     24       9      10      5        32

This week's schedule
Date: Time/Location*

Tues. Sept. 7: 10:00 am - T1

Wed. Sept. 8: 7:00 pm - T2

Thurs. Sept. 9: 10:30 am - Stadium Field

Fri. Sept. 10: 10:00 am - Stadium Field

Sat. Sept. 11: 7:00 pm (PT) Galaxy vs. Earthquakes - The Home Depot Center - Carson, CA

Sun. Sept. 12: OFF

Mon. Sept. 13: 10:00 am - T2

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
Out:

Chris Aloisi, Sprained left MCL

Hong Myung Bo, Strained left calf

Did you know ... That midfielder Josh Gardner's appearance against the Crew last Saturday was not only the rookie's MLS debut, but it also meant that all 24 players on the Galaxy roster have played at least one minute in an MLS game this season.


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