Saturday's match will be head coach Steve Sampson's first with the Galaxy.
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Weekly update: Opener on tap

A quick look at the Los Angeles Galaxy headlines for the week of March 28, 2005 ...

Los Angeles Galaxy Open 2005 Season Saturday in Columbus
Club Wraps up Preseason With 3-0 Defeat of Fresno Fuego
Más Galaxy Breaks Down the 2005 MLS Season This Week on KMXE
Club Will Square Off With Portland Timbers in Exhibition in Portland on April 13
Galaxy Individual Tickets Now on Sale Through the Club, TicketMaster
"Best Seats in the House" Available for Galaxy's First Two Home Games

LOS ANGELES GALAXY OPEN 2005 SEASON SATURDAY IN COLUMBUS: The Los Angeles Galaxy will open the 2005 MLS Regular Season against Edson Buddle, Kyle Martino and the rest of the Columbus Crew this Saturday, April 2 at 4:30 pm (PT). The match will be the Galaxy's first season opener under Steve Sampson. It will be televised live throughout the Southland on FSN West (pre-game show gets underway at 4 pm) and will also be available on radio in both English (1540 am KMPC) and Spanish (830 am KMXE).

The 2005 season marks the tenth in Galaxy and Major League Soccer history. Of the hundreds of players that have appeared in MLS over that time, only one will kick off the 2005 season with his original club - Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones. The dynamic midfielder has also earned the most caps ever for a U.S. National Team player with 164.

Galaxy fans from throughout the Southland will be gathering to watch the season opener Saturday at Smooth's Sports Grill, 144 Pine Avenue in Long Beach. For more information or to RSVP, please visit and click on the "fans" section of the website.

CLUB WRAPS UP PRESEASON WITH 3-0 DEFEAT OF FRESNO FUEGO: The Galaxy defeated the Fresno Fuego of the USL Second Division by a 3-0 margin on March 26 at Lamonica Stadium in Clovis, California. Galaxy midfielder Peter Vagenas earned man of the match honors for his two-goal performance with strikes in 16th and 57th minutes. Meanwhile, just ten minutes from time, Guillermo Gonzalez finished off the scoring on a pass from Ben Benditson to secure the victory.

MÁS GALAXY BREAKS DOWN THE 2005 MLS SEASON THIS WEEK ON KMXE: Más Galaxy, the club's Spanish-Language radio talk show, which airs each Wednesday at 7 pm will offer fans its 2005 MLS season preview. The program, hosted by Troy Santiago, the Spanish-language voice of the Galaxy alongside reporter and local soccer journalist Rene Romano, will feature an in-depth look at the Galaxy and every other MLS team. Remember Galaxy fans, for the latest news on your favorite team, tune in every Wednesday night to Más Galaxy, only on KMXE 830 AM.

CLUB WILL SQUARE OFF WITH PORTLAND TIMBERS IN EXHIBITION IN PORTLAND ON APRIL 13: The Galaxy will make a trip to the Pacific Northwest in mid-April to meet the Portland Timbers (USL First Division) in an exhibition match. The game, slated for 7 pm on Wednesday, April 13 at PGE Park, will be the second-ever meeting between the teams; with the first one won by the Timbers in 2002. It also marks the return to Portland of former Timbers forward Alan Gordon, the reigning A-League (now USL First Division) Rookie of the Year who signed with the Galaxy during the offseason after concluding the 2004 MLS season with them. Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, March 1, and are available for purchase at area Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (503) 224-4400 or online at

GALAXY INDIVIDUAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH THE CLUB, TICKETMASTER: Los Angeles Galaxy individual game tickets are now on sale for the 2005 season. Complete details on pricing for individual game tickets are available by calling the Galaxy Ticket Office toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY or by visiting the club's website at Those looking to order tickets can do so through 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 by logging on to

"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 per game and includes 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. Mar. 29: 9 a.m. & 3 p.m. - Track & Field
Wed. Mar. 30: 10 a.m. - Track & Field
Thurs. Mar. 31: Depart for Columbus
Fri. April 1: TBD (in Columbus)
Sat. April 2: 4:30 pm (PT) - Galaxy at Columbus Crew - FSN West
Sun. April 3: Return from Columbus
Mon. April 4: OFF

NOTE TO MEDIA: All practice times are listed in Pacific Time and are scheduled to change.

Did you know ... The Galaxy have a 3-1-2 record in their last six games against the Columbus Crew dating back to the 2003 season.

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