Joseph Ngwenya

Weekly update: The kids are all right

A quick look at the Los Angeles Galaxy headlines for the week of August 30, 2004 ...

This Saturday's Los Angeles Galaxy - Columbus Crew Match To Be Televised Live on KCAL-9
Jones, Marshall and Ruiz All Called In By National Teams
Broome and Saragosa Will Also Miss Match in Columbus
U.S. Soccer Foundation Passback Program Comes To The Home Depot Center September 11
Galaxy - Quakes Game on September 11 a Los Angeles Times Family Night

THIS SATURDAY'S LOS ANGELES GALAXY - COLUMBUS CREW MATCH TO BE TELEVISED LIVE ON KCAL 9: The Los Angeles Galaxy (9-6-8, 35 pts) enter the final seven games of the 2004 MLS Regular Season in a tie for first place in the Western Conference with the Kansas City Wizards. After enjoying the benefit of a bye last week, the club will return to action this Saturday, September 4, when they will play the first road match of the Steve Sampson era against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium. The game is also the final non-conference game of the 2004 season for the Galaxy, each of their final six will be crucial match-ups against Western Conference teams as they jockey for playoff position. The game against the Crew is slated for a 4:30 pm (PT) kickoff and will be televised live throughout the Southland on KCAL-9, beginning with the Galaxy Countdown pre-game show at 4:00 pm. Galaxy fans unable to be in front of their television that afternoon can listen to the game live on the radio in two languages, courtesy of KMPC 1540 AM (English) and KMXE 830 AM (Spanish).


JONES, MARSHALL, MORENO AND RUIZ CALLED IN BY NATIONAL TEAMS: The Galaxy will find itself in Columbus without the services of three veteran starters, all called into their respective national teams for the next two match days of the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying to 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. Midfielder Cobi Jones has been called by U.S. Manager Bruce Arena for games against El Salvador on September 4 and at Panama on September 8. Jamaican defender Tyrone Marshall will be on the Reggae Boyz roster for matches with Panama on Sept. 4 and at El Salvador on Sept. 8. Forward Carlos Ruiz will represent his native Guatemala against Costa Rica on the 5th and in Honduras on the 8th. Additionally, forward Alejandro Moreno will be available for selection by Venezuela when vinotintos travel to Paraguay in their next CONMEBOL qualifier on September 5.

BROOME AND SARAGOSA WILL ALSO MISS MATCH IN COLUMBUS: After each received a yellow card from the referee in the Galaxy's last match against the Chicago Fire on August 21, Galaxy defender Paul Broome and midfielder Marcelo Saragosa will be forced to sit out the club next match at the Columbus Crew on September 4 due to caution point accumulation. Each of the players has collected 25 caution points over the course of the 2004 campaign to bring about the one-game suspension.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION PASSBACK PROGRAM COMES TO THE HOME DEPOT CENTER SEPTEMBER 11: 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 on Saturday, September 11 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.

GALAXY - QUAKES GAME ON SEPTEMBER 11 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.

MÁS GALAXY PREVIEWS THE GALAXY AND THE CREW: 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-Crew 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 4 on KWHY - Channel 22. Galaxy Deportivo can be seen at 3 p.m. each and every Saturday on Channel 22.

        GP      W       L       T       Pts     
LA      23      9       6       8        35     
KC      22      10      7       5        35     
COL     24      8       7       9        33     
DAL     23      9       9       5        32     
SJ      22      8       7       7        31
This week's schedule
Date: Time/Location*
Tues. August 31: 10:00 am - T2; 4 pm - T2
Wed. Sept. 1: 10:00 am - T1
Thurs. Sept. 2: 10:00 am - T2
Fri. Sept. 3: TBA - Training in Columbus, OH
Sat. Sept. 4: 4:30 pm (PT) Galaxy at Crew - Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH
Sun. Sept. 5: OFF
Mon. Sept. 6: 10:00 am -TBA

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
No injuries to report at this time

Did you know ... Carlos Ruiz's late equalizer against the Chicago Fire on August 21 at The Home Depot Center was the 50th regular season goal of his career - a feat he has achieved in only 69 games in a Los Angeles Galaxy uniform?

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