Carlos Ruiz and the Galaxy take on D.C. United in Hawaii on Feb. 26.
Essy Ghavameddini/MLS

Weekly update: Gold Hawaii

A quick look at the Los Angeles Galaxy headlines for the week of February 14, 2005 ...

MLS Announces 2005 Regular Season Schedule
Galaxy Travel to Hawaii on the Weekend to Prepare For Inaugural Aloha Cup
Albright, Ruiz Earn Caps For Respective National Teams
Más Galaxy Returns to the Airwaves Next Month on KMXE
"Best Seats in the House" Available for Galaxy's First Two Home Games

MLS ANNOUNCES 2005 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE: The Los Angeles Galaxy will officially kick off the 2005 MLS regular season on the road against the Columbus Crew on April 2, according to the schedule released today by Major League Soccer. One week later, they will open their third season at The Home Depot Center when the club hosts MLS expansion side Real Salt Lake. Another highlight to the Galaxy's home schedule will be the inaugural edition of the Southern California Clásico between the Galaxy and Chivas USA on April 23. Overall, the Galaxy's home regular schedule features fourteen weekend dates (eleven Saturdays and three Sundays). The two remaining home games will be played on Monday (one game - the annual Fourth of July Extravaganza) and Wednesday (one game). Los Angeles will contest a total of 20 games against Western Conference opponents - meaning that the Galaxy will face CD Chivas USA, the Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes four times apiece (twice at home, twice away). As for the clubs in the Eastern Conference, the Galaxy will meet each of them for two games, one at home and the other on the road for a total of 32. For more information, please log-on to

GALAXY TRAVEL TO HAWAII ON THE WEEKEND TO PREPARE FOR INAUGURAL ALOHA CUP: After another full week of training at The Home Depot Center, the Galaxy will depart for Hawaii on Sunday, February 20. Once there, the club will make final preparations for the inaugural Aloha Soccer Cup. The game, to be played on Saturday, February 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, will pit the Galaxy against defending MLS Cup Champions D.C. United. For more information on the match, or to order tickets, please visit

ALBRIGHT, RUIZ EARN CAPS FOR RESPECTIVE NATIONAL TEAMS: Two Los Angeles Galaxy players earned caps for their respective national teams last Wednesday as the final round of CONCACAF qualifying to 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany got underway. Defender Chris Albright was inserted into USA head coach Bruce Arena's lineup for the final ten minutes to help preserve a 2-1 victory at Trinidad & Tobago. Meanwhile, forward Carlos Ruiz went the distance in Guatemala's scoreless draw at Panama. In their next qualifiers, slated for March 26-27, the USA travel to Mexico City to face their arch-rivals while Guatemala hosts T&T. Additionally, the chapines and the stars and stripes meet for the first time in the final hexagonal on March 30 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

MÁS GALAXY RETURNS TO THE AIRWAVES NEXT MONTH ON KMXE: Más Galaxy, the club's Spanish-Language radio talk show, which aired each Wednesday during the 2004 season at 8 pm on KMXE 830 AM, will return to the air on March 2. The program, hosted by Troy Santiago, the Spanish-language voice of the Galaxy, will feature an in-depth review of 2004 season and the off-season as well as a comprehensive preview of the club's 2005 campaign. Remember Galaxy fans, for the latest news on your favorite team, tune in every Wednesday night to Más Galaxy, only on KMXE 830 AM.

"BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE" AVAILABLE FOR GALAXY'S FIRST TWO HOME GAMES: The Los Angeles Galaxy are pleased to once again offer fans "The Best Seats in the House" at The Home Depot Center. For the Galaxy's first two home games in 2005 (April 9 vs. Real Salt Lake and April 23 vs. CD Chivas USA), the club will be selling 100 seats along one touchline on a first-come, first-served basis. Each ticket costs $150 and includes a Decade of Stars t-shirt and the actual chair the fan sits in. For more information on "The Best Seats in the House" or to purchase tickets, call the Galaxy Ticket Office toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY.

Galaxy Weekly Training Schedule

Date                    Time/Location 
Tues. Feb. 15           9:00 am & 3:00 pm - T4 
Wed.  Feb. 16           9:00 am & 3:00 pm - T4 
Thurs. Feb. 17          10:00 am - T4 
Fri. Feb. 18            10:00 am - T4 
Sat. Feb. 19            10:00 am - T4 
Sun. Feb. 20            Depart for Hawaii 
Mon. Feb 21             9:00 am - Hawaii 
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 and wait to be escorted to the field.

Did you know ... Galaxy Supplemental Draft pick Ben Benditson will be celebrating his 22nd birthday on Wednesday, February 16?