CARSON, Calif. - After tying the Kansas City Wizards 1-1 Saturday evening at The Home Depot in Carson, Calif., the Los Angeles Galaxy have clinched their MLS-record ninth consecutive playoff appearance.
The club secured entry into the postseason when their result Saturday, combined with the Dallas Burn's 2-0 loss against the New England Revolution and a 1-1 tie between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids.
With a spot in the playoffs assured, the club has unveiled a comprehensive sales and marketing campaign that will be known simply as "Go For Gold." It is designed to combine the excitement of Galaxy playoff soccer with one of the Galaxy's main colors, the team plays in gold jerseys when at home. It also incorporates the fever that gripped the entire United States while cheering for their Olympians at the recently completed Games of the 28th Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
"We are extremely proud to have qualified for the postseason in each of the nine seasons of our club's history," said Galaxy president and general manager Doug Hamilton. "We look forward to MLS' most supportive fans during the 2004 regular season coming out to The Home Depot Center to enjoy Galaxy playoff soccer as we 'Go For Gold.' "
As one of the initial phases of the "Go For Gold" campaign, the Galaxy has announced that tickets for their home games in the 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs at The Home Depot Center will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. (PT). Galaxy fans hoping to have a shot at purchasing tickets to watch their favorite club "Go For Gold" may do so at this time.
As a special offer to their loyal fans, the club is offering a "Go For Gold" Playoff Pak, which includes four tickets to Playoff Home Game #1 and four "Go For Gold" t-shirts starting at just $60. Fans interested in getting more information on tickets or purchasing the "Go For Gold" Playoff Pack, should contact the Galaxy ticket office directly by calling toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY.
With an appearance in the 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs, the Galaxy continue their streak as the only club to qualify for the postseason in each of the League's first nine seasons. The Los Angeles Galaxy are the most successful playoff team in MLS history, having registered a total of 22 wins since MLS' inaugural campaign in 1996. Additionally, the club has won five out of their last six playoff matches (since 2002) and captured their only MLS Cup Championship in 2002.
Southern Californians have come out in droves to the support their team with all at stake, as the club has averaged more than 22,000 fans per home playoff appearance. The Galaxy has rewarded their fans dearly producing a 15-2-1 home record in the postseason over their first eight seasons.
Individual tickets will also be made available at the same time as the Playoff Paks. The prices for individual tickets are as follows: Sideline ($45), Reserved ($40 adults/$30 youth), Corner ($30/$20), Mezzanine ($28/20), Endline ($22/$18) and General Admission ($15/$12). Groups of 20 or more can receive substantial discounts of up to $12 per ticket.
Fans looking to purchase tickets to the games on the 2004 Galaxy playoff slate should call TicketMaster via phone at 213-480-3232 or 714-740-2000; and at TicketMaster outlets: Wherehouse Music, Ritmo Latino, Tu Musica, Robinsons May and Tower Records or log on to www.ticketmaster.com.
The Los Angeles Galaxy's next match at The Home Depot Center will be on Oct. 9 in a battle with the Dallas Burn. All fans in attendance will be treated to a post-game fireworks spectacular, courtesy of the Daily Breeze and Capri Sun. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Galaxy ticket off toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY.