CARSON, Calif. - After taking four of a possible six points against Chicago and D.C. on the road last week, the LA Galaxy return to Southern California this week to host Chivas USA in the final leg of the Honda SuperClasico. The Galaxy have a win and a draw in the first two games between the two rivals this year, meaning that a win or a draw in Saturday's game, which kicks off at 8 p.m., will give LA their fourth SuperClasico trophy in five years.
Fans who cannot make it out to The Home Depot Center can catch all the action live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, starting at 8 p.m. or on the radio in English on AM 570 or in Spanish on ESPN Deportes Radio KWKW 1330 AM.
THE WEEK THAT WASWednesday, August 19
LA Galaxy 2 - Chicago Fire 0 - Toyota Park - Attendance: 20,000
Saturday, August 22
LA Galaxy 0 - D.C. United 0 - RFK Stadium - Attendance: 22,134
OUT - 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 (Right Achilles - Tendonitis)
PROBABLE - None
CONSECUTIVE CLEAN SHEETS: The Galaxy kept their sixth and seventh clean sheets of the season last week, defeating Chicago 2-0 and playing D.C. United to a 0-0 draw. The seven shutouts are tied for the fourth most in MLS this season, and are the most tallied by the Galaxy since 2006, when they kept nine clean sheets.
The Galaxy record for shutouts in a season is 11, which was set in 1999, when LA allowed just 29 goals in 32 games.
Prior to the last two games, the last time the Galaxy had kept clean sheets in consecutive road games was July 1 and July 15, 2006 when LA defeated Kansas City 1-0 at Arrowhead Stadium and played Chivas USA to a 0-0 draw.
200 AND 10 FOR #10: In the Galaxy's 2-0 win at Chicago on Wednesday night, LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan played the 200th game of his MLS career and scored his 10th goal of the season. Donovan became the 50th player in MLS history to play in 200 career regular season games and the second Galaxy player to accomplish the feat this season, joining Edson Buddle who played in his 200th game on July 16 at New York.
With his goal against the Fire, Donovan became the first Galaxy player ever to record four or more seasons with 10+ goals. Donovan joined the Galaxy prior to the start of the 2005 season and has now tallied double figures in goals in four of his five seasons with the club, eclipsing Carlos Ruiz's record of three seasons with 10 or more goals, a mark that Donovan tied last year with his career-high 20 goals.
TWO ON WARNING: After being booked late in the first half of the 2-0 win at Chicago on Wednesday night, Stefani Miglioranzi has been placed on official warning by MLS. Miglioranzi, who is tied for the team-lead with four cautions, will receive a mandatory one-game suspension if he receives a yellow card in either of his next two games. If the veteran midfielder is able to avoid a booking in either of his next two games, he will have one card expunged from his record as part of the 'Good Behavior Incentive', which is available once a year to players who play three consecutive clean games after going on official warning.
Eddie Lewis joins Miglioranzi on warning with four yellow cards, but he is not eligible for the 'Good Behavior Incentive' after being sent off in the 2-0 loss to Seattle on August 15. If he receives another yellow card this season, he will be forced to serve a one-game suspension.
Omar Gonzalez also has four yellow cards this season, but he is two bookings away from suspension after playing three straight clean games after going on warning. He picked up his fourth booking at Kansas City on July 25, but has not been carded since, meaning that one card was removed from his record.
UNBEATEN AGAINST THE EAST: After going 1-0-1 last week against a pair of Eastern Conference foes, the LA Galaxy remain unbeaten against teams from the East, going 6-0-5, including 4-0-2 on the road.
The Galaxy beat Chicago, New England, New York and Toronto FC on the road this season while earning a 1-1 draw at Kansas City on July 25 and a 0-0 draw at D.C. United on Saturday. LA only has one road game left against the East, traveling to Columbus to face off against the defending MLS Cup champion, on September 26.
In the first 11 games against the Eastern Conference, LA has outscored their opponents 16-8, with Landon Donovan scoring seven times for the Galaxy. The only time that Donovan did not score in an away game against a team from the Eastern Conference was the 2-1 win at Toronto on June 6, a game that he missed while at the Confederations Cup.
KEPT OFF THE BOARD: Saturday's 0-0 draw with D.C. United was just the fourth time this season that the Galaxy have been shutout. LA also failed to score in a 0-0 draw with Chivas USA on April 11 and 2-0 home losses to Real Salt Lake on June 13 and Seattle Sounders FC on August 15.
Three of the Galaxy's four shutouts have come at The Home Depot Center, where LA was shutout just once in 2008. LA is 1-1-1 this season after being shutout, drawing 1-1 at San Jose on April 18 and losing there 2-1 on June 20, while beating Chicago 2-0 on August 19.
Before Saturday's scoreless draw at RFK Stadium, the Galaxy's last road 0-0 draw came on August 5, 2007 when their game against Toronto FC at BMO Field ended 0-0.
BOWEN GOES ON LOAN: Galaxy forward Tristan Bowen has joined the Miami FC Blues of the USL First Division on loan for the remainder of the 2009 season. The 18-year-old made his MLS debut at San Jose on June 20, playing the final minute of that game. He also played in the Galaxy's Open Cup Play-In Game defeat to Colorado on April 7 and the 1-0 friendly win over CS Herediano on June 9.
The Galaxy's first-ever signing from their Youth Academy, Bowen had been training with Miami since the start of last week and made his debut for them in a 3-1 loss at Portland on Saturday, starting and playing 90 minutes up front. One day later, he came off the bench in Miami's 2-0 loss to Vancouver, playing 34 minutes.
Miami has seven games left in the regular season and currently sit in eighth place, six points behind the final playoff position.
FOR THE FOUNDATION
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.
NEED TO KNOW
PURO GALAXY HITS ESPN DEPORTES RADIO: ESPN Deportes Radio KWKW 1330 AM, the Galaxy's official Spanish language radio partner, is the place for all of your Galaxy news and information en español. The best place to get that information is on Puro Galaxy, the network's weekly, hour-long show that airs every Saturday from noon-1 p.m.
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.
Fans can also listen to free podcasts of previous episodes at www.lagalaxyfutbol.com.
MEDIA PARKING AT TRAINING: All media members are asked to enter through Gate D, off Victoria Blvd., and to park in Lot 17 when attending Galaxy training sessions. Members of the media who park in Lot 6 during training sessions may be ticketed by California State University - Dominguez Hills.
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