Friday, September 11, 2009

Ready to Lace Em Up With FC Dallas

The Galaxy are less than 36 hours away from an all-important Western Conference showdown with FC Dallas and the training continued this afternoon at The Home Depot Center under a warm Southern California sun.
It was another day of small-sided game play with all of the players getting plenty of touches in small spaces under high pressure. Both David and Landon missed the session while returning from international duty but they are expected back tomorrow, with decisions to be made on their availability, as well as that of the injured players, prior to the game.

One player who is not injured is Gregg Berhalter, who has played every minute of the Galaxy's last 10 games, dating back to June 28, and helping LA to a 7-1-2 record in that time.
Donovan Ricketts is also healthy and enters the game having not allowed a goal since early in the second half of the 2-0 loss to Seattle on August 15. He has faced 34 shots in that time, helping to compile a run of 306 straight minutes without allowing a goal, a run that is 85 minutes shy of a 391 minute shutout streak that the Galaxy goalkeepers put together earlier this year.But as good the Galaxy defense has been , most of the questions that Bruce had to answer today were about the return of the two international stars, the production of Mike Magee in hist first season with the Galaxy and the club's home form. In regards to the club's home record, which is 4-3-4 this season, Bruce was not as worried as the question askers were, pointing out that he has only had his full complement of stars on the field for one home game this season; with that game, against Chivas USA on August 29, ending 1-0 in favor of the Galaxy.

Finally, it was pointed out that a win on Saturday would see the Galaxy jump to the top of the MLS standings for the first time this season and in the pole position to win the Supporters Shield, to which he had this to say.

When you're done with that, be sure to head over to to read all the latest stories from Larry Morgan, who has a look at the Galaxy's incredible turn around from a year ago, the impact of A.J. DeLaGarza and a preview of Saturday's game, so be sure not to miss any of it.


Anonymous said...

Arena's stated goal for the season was 8 home wins at the pre-season luncheon. We have to win all 4 remaining home games to accomplish that. I wonder if he is counting the many early ties towards that goal.

charlesj27 said...

Very much appreciate the pics and training update. Wish our guys all the best tomorrow. Hope our guys can indeed stay solid, communicating effectively, and work together to keep creating good, attacking sequences. Since FC Dallas picked up two more new players, I wonder what their line-up is going to look like. Should be great to see our team at home!

AL LA said...

hey anonymous stop complaining we are 2 points out of the top spot in the league and we might be lifting that cup at the end of the year but a guess thats not good enough for you

Anonymous said...

Who's complaining LA LA AL. Just stating a fact and wondering aloud in response to Bruce's comment on this post that he is not "worried" about his home record. I'm curious if he thinks he can reach his stated home-goal for the team. I believe he never dreamt of the "away" points that he has now. Quite astonishing.

Anonymous said...

thank you all for this wonderful blog i check every day for new updates on my favorite team. GO LA GALAXY !!!