The LA Galaxy return to The Home Depot Center to face the league's newest club the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, August 15, at 8 p.m. The match, built by The Home Depot, will be the Galaxy's first MLS game at The Home Depot Center since its 1-0 win over New England Revolution six weeks ago. Following its 2-1 win at New England over the weekend, coupled with Seattle's 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake, LA heads into the match in second-place of the Western Conference standings with 31 points, one ahead of Colorado (30) and two ahead of Seattle (29). This is the second and final meeting of the year between the two sides, with the Galaxy getting a 1-1 draw on May 10 thanks to a goal from Alan Gordon in the 35th minute. The Galaxy are unbeaten in their last six league games and will look to make it seven straight on Saturday.
This game will be broadcast live regionally on Prime Ticket, starting with 'Galaxy Live' pregame show at 7:30 p.m. Fans can also listen to all the action live on the radio in English on AM 1150 and in Spanish on KWKW 1330 AM ESPN Deportes Radio.
The first 10,000 fans to walk into the stadium will receive a Galaxy Tote Bag provided by 93.1 Jack FM. Additionally, 5,000 fans will receive a mystery gift card, courtesy of The Home Depot.
Saturday, August 8
LA Galaxy 2 - New England Revolution 1 - Gillette Stadium - Attendance: 26,623
Galaxy Injury ReportOUT - Sean Franklin (Right Hamstring - Surgery - Disabled List), Julian Valentin (Right Foot - Fracture - Disabled List)
DOUBTFUL - None
QUESTIONABLE - Edson Buddle (Right Foot - Sprain), Alecko Eskandarian (Broken Nose), Dema Kovalenko (Left Calf - Contusion), Donovan Ricketts (Hip Pointer)
PROBABLE - None
RIVALARY RE-NEWED IN MLS:Saturday's game will mark the renewal of a rivalry that started a decade ago in 1998 when a young Swedish midfielder marked his debut with Arsenal with a goal against rival Manchester United, en route to a 3-0 Gunners win. Manchester United went on to win the English Premier League that season, as well as the FA Cup and the UEFA Champion's League, but from 1998 to 2003, Freddie Ljungberg and Arsenal proved to be a thorn in the side of David Beckham and Manchester United.
From 1996 to 2004, Manchester United captured the league title six times, the other three seasons were won by Arsenal, with Ljungberg playing a key role in the 2001-02 and 2003-04 titles.
That rivalry will now be transported stateside, and Saturday's match between the Galaxy and Sounders should be the first-time the league's two European Designated players meet on the field in MLS - the two clubs played to a 1-1 draw on May 10, while Beckham was on loan with AC Milan.
The stakes were always high when Ljungberg and Beckham met in Europe and they will be high once again this weekend as playoff positioning will be up for grabs at The Home Depot Center. With last Saturday's 2-1 win in New England, the Galaxy leapfrogged the Sounders to take sole possession of second place in the Western Conference standings. The Sounders, who lost 1-0 to Real Salt Lake, fell from second to fourth place, but remain only two points behind the Galaxy.
GALAXY-SOUNDERS CONNECTIONS:Seattle's connections to the Galaxy go far beyond the field of play. Sounders FC CEO Tod Leiweke is the brother of AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke. Also, Sounders FC minority owner Drew Carey was once an LA Galaxy Fan and Season Ticket holder.
On the field, there are six connections from the Sounders to the Galaxy, starting with Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid, who began his professional coaching career here with the Galaxy in 1999. With Schmid at the helm, the Galaxy had a record of 79-53-38, captured the 2002 MLS Cup Championship, the U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and CONCACAF Champions Cup title in 2000.
Other ties include, assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson, who played with the Galaxy from 1997-2003, forward Nate Jaqua, who spent the 2007 season with the club, defender Tyron Marshall, who was here from 2002-07, defender Nathan Sturgis, from 2006-07, and Peter Vagenas, who played here from 2000-2008.
RECORD VS. EXPANSION TEAMS AT HOME:Historically, the Galaxy have done well at home when facing clubs in their inaugural season. Since the league's inaugural 1996 season, LA's record when hosting an expansion team for the first time is 11-3, with four of those wins coming at The Home Depot Center.
Since the start of the 2005 season, when Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake joined MLS, the Galaxy has had a record of 4-0 at home against expansion teams, when hosting them for the first time. In those matches, LA has outscored Real Salt Lake (3-1), Chivas USA (3-1), Toronto FC (2-1) and San Jose (2-0) by a margin of 10-3.
Seattle will become the fifth expansion team to face off against the Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in the last four years.
ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY:Following Saturday's game in New England, David Beckham (England), Chris Birchall (Trinidad and Tobago), Landon Donovan (United States) and Donovan Ricketts (Jamaica) all left the club to join up with their National Teams for games on Wednesday.
Beckham, who is currently England's most capped outfield player with 112 international appearances, will be in Amsterdam when England takes on Holland in an international friendly at 11:45 a.m. (PT) while Birchall will be in Port of Spain, Trinidad for the Soca Warriors' World Cup Qualifier against El Salvador at 4:30 p.m. (PT)
Donovan, the U.S. Men's National Team all-time leading goal scorer with 41 goals, will be at Estadio Azteca to take part in a World Cup Qualifier against the Mexican National Team at 1 p.m. (PT). Ricketts, who traveled the shortest distance of the four to meet up with his national team, will be at Giants Stadium in New Jersey for an international friendly between Jamaica and Ecuador at 4:30 p.m. (PT).
All four are expected to be back in Los Angeles and available for selection in the Galaxy's next game against Seattle.
DONOVAN UP FOR GOAL OF THE WEEK:Landon Donovan's first half goal in Saturday's 2-1 win has nominated for the MLS Goal of the Week award. Donovan's one-time volley, which curled past a diving Matt Reis to give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead in the first half, was his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
To vote for Donovan's goal click here. The winner will be announced on Wednesday.
STREAK STILL ALIVE:With the Galaxy's 2-1 win over the Revolution, LA is 5-0-1 in MLS play since June 28, including a 3-0-1 mark on the road in that time. Since their last defeat, a 2-1 loss at San Jose on June 20, the Galaxy have outscored opponents 9-3, earning wins over Houston, New England (Twice), Chivas USA and New York, while playing to a 1-1 draw at Kansas City.
Earlier this season, the Galaxy went 10 straight games without a loss (from April 11 until June 6), compiling a 2-0-8 mark during that stretch.
ON WARNING:As a result of his yellow card in the second half of the 2-1 win at New England, Galaxy midfielder Eddie Lewis has been placed on warning for caution accumulation by MLS. The yellow card was the fourth of the season for Lewis, leaving him one card away from a mandatory one-game suspension. Lewis is the second Galaxy player to have been booked four times this season, the other being defender Omar González, who is also on warning for caution accumulation.
Lewis can avoid a one game suspension if he plays the next three games without being booked. González, who avoided getting booked on Saturday, can get one card expunged from his record if he plays the next two games without getting a card.
FOUNDATION TO HOST HOW SUITE IT IS! ON AUGUST 15:Prior to the Galaxy's next home game, against Seattle on August 15, the LA Galaxy Foundation will host their annual How Suite It Is! event on the East Terrace of the American Express Stadium Club. The evening will feature a private performance from Bryan McKnight & Sons BJ and Niko, as well as a wine and champagne tasting, a Marani Galaxy Blue Martini Bar, music from DJ Spinderella and much more. To learn more about this event, or to sign up for it, please click here.
DAY ON THE LINKS TEES OFF SEPTEMBER 14:The LA Galaxy Foundation will host their annual Day on the Links Golf Tournament on Monday, September 14 at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton. Fans will have the chance to golf with their favorite Galaxy players while receiving a number of great gifts just for signing up. Additionally, all participants are invite to a special post-tournament awards dinner, as well as a silent auction and raffle that annually features an amazing collection of memorabilia from across the sports universe. To learn more about this event, or to sign up for it, please click here.
PLAYER APPEARANCES THIS WEEK:A number of Galaxy players will be out and active in the community this week at a series of events throughout Southern California. Here is the complete list of players who will be out in the community with the Galaxy this week.
What: Macy's Lakewood Store Player Appearance
Who: Edson Buddle
When: Thursday, August 13, 2009: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Where: Lakewood Macy's Store - 5100 Lakewood Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712
What: Sign autographs and take photos with Macy's customers.
What: Lakers 3v3 Basketball Tournament
Who: Tony Sanneh, Todd Dunivant, Alecko Eskandarian
When: Sunday, August 16, 2009: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles, 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
What: Meet & greet, sign autographs with fans.
What: Home Depot Fantasy Camp
Who: Mike Magee, Omar González
When: Sunday, August 16, 2009: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Where: Home Depot Center - Field 5
What: The players will interact with the kids and sign autographs.
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Galaxy color analyst Armando Aguayo and Galaxy sideline reporter Mario Amaya are joined on a weekly basis by the players, coaches and a series of special guests that allow the fan to get excited for match day. So tune in each and every week and stay up to date with everything that is going on in the Galaxy.
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