Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Coach and the Captain

We know that the fans are ready for tomorrow night's first leg of the Honda SuperClasico and based on listening to both Bruce and Landon today, they're each ready as well.

Here is what they each had to say...



And if you want even more Landon, check him out from today's Petros and Money Show on AM 570 (link courtesy of and Jorge Ramos y su Banda on ESPN Deportes (Spanish).

Cup of Joe with Tom Payne

Free TV Show from Ustream

David Boreanaz Attends Home Opener!

Prior to the LA Galaxy's season opener against the New England Revolution on March 27, actor David Boreanaz came out early with his family to watch warmups from field level and talked about his experience with the game. Fans will recognize Boreanaz from his current hit show Bones on FOX, and of course from his earlier work on Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Will You Be There?

Following their first season opening victory in six years, the LA Galaxy will look to make it a perfect two for two on Thursday night when they host Chivas USA at 8 p.m. at The Home Depot Center in the year's first installment of the Honda SuperClasico.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Galaxy kickoff weekly "Afternoon Cup of Joe"

Looking your fix of Galaxy mid-day news? Well now you're in luck.

Join us this Wednesday at noon on for "Afternoon Cup of Joe" a new weekly live web chat hosted by Galaxy radio voice, Joe Tutino. Every week Joe will be joined by a special guest to talk about the Galaxy and chat with you, the fans— fans can participate asking by questions either beforehand or live during the chat.

"Afternoon Cup of Joe" will be available every Wednesday at noon (schedule permitting), and kicks off this week with Galaxy President of Business Operations, Tom Payne.

Start submitting questions for Tom now or set an email reminder here. View the full list of questions submitted by selecting the comments tab at the bottom of the page.

Edson Buddle to be Live on Fox Football Fone-In Tonight

Fresh off his game-winning goal on Saturday night, Edson Buddle will join Eric Wynalda and Nick Webster in studio on Fox Soccer Channel tonight. Buddle will be live on the show starting shortly after 4 p.m., so be sure to catch it if you can then or on the replay a few hours later.

One Last Look Back at Saturday Night

The Galaxy were back on the field Monday morning to begin preparations for Thursday's nationally-televised match against Chivas USA.

But before we fully move on to the SuperClasico, let's take on last look at Saturday's 1-0 win over the New England Revolution in the home opener, locker room comments included.

Parking and Traffic Advisory - 4/1/10

The following information is provided by The Home Depot Center, the LA Galaxy organization, and by other transit authorities.

*** April 1, 2010 ***
LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA


• Parking Gates A & D will be staffed with a cashier beginning at 4 p.m.
• Parking Gate B, C, E, F, G, and I will be staffed with a cashier beginning at 6 p.m.
• Pre-paid parking passholders are encouraged to enter the facility at Gate C off of Victoria Street. Only passes that read "APRIL 1, 2010" will be valid at this match.
• Fans who do not have pre-paid parking passes: use parking entrances off of University Dr. or Central Ave. Avoid using Avalon Blvd. and Victoria St.

None reported from CalTrans.

• Sheriffs may intermittently stop vehicles traveling eastbound on Victoria St. from turning right (southbound) at Avalon Blvd, depending upon the flow of traffic. (If the right turn is disallowed, vehicles will continue eastbound on Victoria St.)

Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive as early as possible. Please read below for important information to make your visit to The Home Depot Center more enjoyable.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Postgame Flash Interview With Buddle

To see Edson's game-winner click here for all the highlights.

Galaxy Open Season with 1-0 Win Over New England

LA Galaxy 1, New England Revolution 0
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Home Depot Center — Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Edson Buddle 1 (Landon Donovan 1) 6’

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Kevin Alston (Yellow Card) 17’
Ne – Joseph Niouky (Yellow Card) 41’

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts; Todd Dunivant, Leonardo, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin; Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis (Alex Cazumba 26’), Juninho (Michael Stephens 80’), Mike Magee (Chris Birchall 67’); Landon Donovan©, Edson Buddle.

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, A.J. DeLaGarza, Chris Klein, Tristan Bowen.

New England Revolution: Preston Burpo; Seth Sinovic, Corey Gibbs©, Emmanuel Osei, Kevin Alston (Khano Smith 90’); Chris Tierney, Pat Phelan, Joseph Niouky, Sainey Nyassi (Zak Boggs 58'); Kheli Dube (Kenny Mansally 76’), Zack Schilawski.

Subs Not Used: Bobby Shuttlesworth, Darrius Barnes, Michael Videira.

• With the win, the Galaxy are now 1-0-0 on the season, giving them three points. They are tied with the Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake, and Seattle Sounders FC for first place in the Western Conference.
• This was the Galaxy’s first win in a regular season opener since 2004, when Carlos Ruiz, Jovan Kirovski and Andreas Herzog scored in a 3-2 win over New England at The Home Depot Center.
• The Galaxy are now 5-2-1 in home openers at The Home Depot Center.
• The Galaxy were without Gregg Berhalter, Alan Gordon, Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski and Clint Mathis, who all missed the game through injury.
• In the 26th minute, Eddie Lewis was forced to leave the game with a left foot contusion. He was replaced by Alex Cazumba.
• The Galaxy’s three new Brazilian players, Alex Cazumba, Juninho and Leonardo, each made their Galaxy and MLS debuts in the game after joining the club from Sao Paulo in December. Juninho started and played 80 minutes in central midfield, while Leonardo played the full 90 minutes in central defense. Alex Cazumba played 64 minutes after replacing the injured Eddie Leiws in the 26th minute.
• Galaxy rookie Michael Stephens also made his Galaxy and MLS debut in the game, replacing Juninho in the 80th minute.
• Edson Buddle scored the Galaxy’s first goal of the season, heading home a Landon Donovan cross in the sixth minute. Buddle is the fifth different player in as many years to score the Galaxy’s first goal of the year, dating back to 2005. In 2009, Landon Donovan scored the club’s first goal, in 2008 it was David Beckham, in 2007 it was Robbie Findley, and in 2006 it was Chris Albright.
• Buddle’s goal in the sixth minute was the Galaxy’s fastest ever goal in a season opener.
• With his assist tonight, Landon Donovan has now recorded either a goal or an assist in each of the Galaxy’s last four home openers, tallying a total of three goals and three assists in those four games.
• Donovan Ricketts made one save to keep the clean sheet. Last season Ricketts has nine shutouts, tying him with Kevin Hartman for the second most by a Galaxy goalkeeper in club history.
• Injured Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was in attendance at the match as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.
• The attendance for today’s game was 21,376.
• The Galaxy are back in action on Thursday night when they host the Chivas USA In the year’s first installment of the Honda SuperClasico at The Home Depot Center. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
• For more about today’s game, please visit

LA Galaxy vs NE Revolution - Cover it Live






Subs: Saunders, DeLaGarza, Alex Cazumba, Birchall, Klein, Stephens, Bowen.

Match Day Preview

Now that you've listened to Landon say how anxious he is to get back on the field -- and remove the "bitter taste" left from Seattle -- let's get you ready for tonight's match with some links, including parking and traffic advisory, Galaxy season previews and other interviews and videos from yesterday:




Friday, March 26, 2010

Meet The Brazilians sat down recently with three of LA's newest residents, Alex Cazumba, Juninho and Leonardo ahead of the 2010 MLS Season Opener to find out more about them.

Even though the trio is taking English classes, we decided to interview them in Portuguese. Don't worry, we've provided English subtitles.


This Week Inside the Galaxy: 2010-Episode 1

In this week's episode of This Week Inside the Galaxy, Chicago-native Mike Magee goes to the LA Kings-Chicago Blackhawks game, David Beckham stops by training and the players look ahead to the season opener against the New England Revolution. Enjoy!

Road To The Rally Hits Santa Monica Today

The Road To The First Kick Rally has made two stops already -- Orange County and the Inland Empire -- and they've been terrific so far. Lots of fans have showed up to take their picture with the 2009 MLS Western Conference, and 2009 SuperClasico Cup, and with either Yohance Marshall and Bryan Jordan or members of our Miss LA Galaxy Court (see photos below).

Tonight, the Cups will make on final stop before tomorrow's pre-game rally at the Off-Campus Pub. If you want to join us in the festivities, come by the Ye Olde Kings Head from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Like we said, the Cups will be there, as will Miss LA Galaxy.

For now, enjoyed this behind scenes video of Nicola and Liz from yesterday's interview at KRCA 62 and photos from the last two days.

More photos available on Facebook.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bruce To Do Online Chat with ESPN-LA

Do you have a question you've been wanting to ask Bruce all preseason long? Well, here's your chance.

Bruce will talk part in an online chat with this Friday at 12:30 p.m. Ask him about Buddle, the Brazilians or the game against the Revs, for example, or you can simply sit comfortably in front of your computer and read the chat unfold. However, we suggest you do the former. It's more fun that way.

If you can't make it to the chat, you can click on the link above and submit your questions now.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

David Drops By

David Beckham showed up at The Home Depot Center Wednesday morning, catching some of his LA Galaxy teammates by surprise ahead of the club’s home opener against the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Beckham, who is recovering from surgery to his left Achilles tendon, visited with his teammates and coaches in the locker room before attending his first Galaxy training session of the year. He mostly watched from the benches, but was in good spirits.

"I want to thank all the LA Galaxy fans who have shown me such support since I've got my injury. I'm also extremely grateful to the manager, players and staff who have been there for me,” Beckham told “I'm now back in LA starting my rehabilitation and want to get back playing for the club as soon as possible. I wish the team well for the start of the season, I will be behind them all the way.”

UPDATE: Donovan on KTLA Morning News

In case you missed it early this morning, here is Landon Donovan's interview on the KTLA Morning Show and AM 830 Sports Lodge with Roger Lodge. After watching the full interview check out the Behind the scenes video below. Enjoy!

After you watch the interview, take a look at what our flipcamp captured behind the scenes.

Landon's day was not done yet.

Following training, Landon was on ESPN 710's LA Sports Live, with Andrew Sciciliano and Mychal Thompson. They asked him about his time in Everton, the upcoming season, David's appearance at today's training session, the CBA and United Against Malaria.

Click here to listen.

Ask Omar

As a rookie last year he received props from Thierry Henry and now with his second season as a pro on the horizon, Omar Gonzalez is looking to accomplish bigger things.

What exactly are those bigger things? You'll just have to ask him by heading over to and submitting your questions here for the latest edition of the site's You Asked? feature.

The interview will take place on Thursday so get your questions in now.

Mark Rogondino's View from the Booth

Galaxy Television Analyst Mark Rogondino checks in with his popular column, View from the Booth, where he breaks down the upcoming game.

Be sure to visit before every game for Rogondino's thoughts on the match.

Time to roll out the ball and strap on the boots, MLS First Kick has finally arrived at The Home Depot Center. I don’t know about you, but Saturday’s game against New England is a date that I have had circled on the calendar for months. Galaxy fans filling the stadium, the smell of the concession stands, the field freshly mowed, game days are a special event and something we have gone four months without. While the offseason usually flies by for me, the past few weeks have been going at a pedestrian pace. Never fear, week one is here!

In contrast to the past few season with the LA Galaxy, there are not nearly as many questions entering the season. This is nearly the same roster that finished last season, with a couple of added new faces. The vital components in LA’s run to MLS Cup 2009 are back and eager to take things one-step further in 2010. Several players have echoed exactly that to me in the past couple weeks. Edson Buddle said that the image of missing that final penalty in Seattle fueled his training in the offseason. Dema Kovalenko explained how it pained him that he fell ill right before the Championship game and wasn’t able to contribute in the most important match of the season. Landon Donovan stated that this team was “so close to lifting the trophy.”

The journey to going one-step further begins on Saturday.

Prior to last season, the New England Revolution had either won or tied the season series with LA dating back to 1999. The Galaxy came away victorious in both contests in 2009, but had not beaten New England in the nine previous meetings before then. Maybe the tide is turning between these two teams, and it is heading in the Galaxy’s favor.

The Revolution will be without a number of their regulars to open the season. Taylor Twellman (concussion symptoms), Matt Reis (recovering from knee and shoulder surgeries) and Shalrie Joseph (hip flexor) are not expected to travel. Add to that New England no longer feature Jay Heaps, Steve Ralston, and Jeff Larentowicz, all moving on after lengthy careers with the club.

So you are probably wondering which players head coach, Steve Nicol will throw out in the starting eleven, and maybe he is too. Well, the answer is a ton of young players. Many of these young players earned MLS experience last season, due to the number of injuries the Revs had to play through. Youth usually means speed, and that is certainly the case with the 2010 edition of New England.

Sainey Nyassi, Kenny Mansally, Kheli Dube and newcomer Zack Schilawski all possess the quickness to get in behind the Galaxy defense. Nyassi and Mansally attack from wide positions, while Dube is a player that can finish chances around the area, as he showed last year by finishing tied for the team-lead in goals with eight. If these players are allowed to see time and space with the ball, LA will be doing a lot of chasing in the final third of the field.

One way to limit the above listed players from having freedom to operate is controlling the tempo in the midfield. Kovalenko and new Brazilian teammate, Juninho are the keys here. If the Galaxy can use the ball-winning talents of Kovalenko, and then play through Juninho to find Donovan and Co. in open spaces, LA should be in great shape. Landon will look to find space all over the field, but will likely start the game in a wide midfield role, which, in my eyes is his best position. There is no doubt he has the pace to get back and help out defensively, and going forward is one of the most difficult to deal in MLS, when running at defenders with the ball at his feet.

The defenders will have less to worry about if the midfield does its job. Sean Franklin has the athleticism and speed to stay with the faster players in the New England line-up, but Todd Dunivant on the left side will have to count on his veteran experience to deal with the pace of the Rev’s attack. It is always nice to know that you have one of the best goalkeepers in the league, Donovan Ricketts, back there if you need him to bail you out from time to time. I think we all saw that Ricketts is more than capable of pulling off the “big” save when needed.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Landon Donovan LA Media Tour Wednesday

Set your alarms Galaxy fans as Landon Donovan will be popping up in the local media tomorrow morning and afternoon.

The Galaxy captain will start his day as a guest of the KTLA Morning News show, which he will appear on at 7:50 a.m. to talk with hosts Michaela Periera and Frank Buckley about the Galaxy's upcoming season opener against New England.

He will then make the drive down to Carson for training before heading home where he will be met by a TV crew from Fox Soccer Channel to tape an interview that will air on the network on Saturday ahead of FSC's season opening doubleheader.

Finally, at 1:25 p.m., Landon will join Andrew Siciliano on ESPN 710 AM's LA Sports Live, again to talk about the upcoming season, as well as Landon's successful loan spell at Everton and the busy year that awaits him with both club and country.

So be sure to set your DVRs for the KTLA interview and then tune in to ESPN Radio for that interview to hear what Landon has to say about the challenges ahead.

Injured Trio Step Up Rehab Work

With the Galaxy's season opener now just a few days away, the team looks to be getting closer and closer to full fitness. The injured trio of Alan Gordon, Jovan Kirovski and Clint Mathis were all out on the field this afternoon, taking part in training at The Home Depot Center.

While some of the guys who played 90 minutes on Sunday remained inside for a gym workout and recovery session, Alan, Jovan and Clint all made their way outside to get in some work with their teammates and the training staff. Alan and Jovan did some ball work and ran to maintain their fitness, Clint jumped into the small-sided game and made it through the entire session, his most extensive work since undergoing left knee surgery early last month.

All three players are listed as Questionable on the season's first official injury report.

For the opposition New Emgland Revolution, Edgaras Jankauskas, Matt Reis and Taylor Twellman are all listed as Out while Mauricio Castro is listed as Doubtful and Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes and Shalrie Joseph are all Questionable.

Final injury reports must be submitted to the league on Friday.

Road To First Kick Rally

The road to the First Kick Rally starts this Wednesday and will make pit stops at four locations leading up to Saturday’s pre-game rally at The Off Campus Pub. Join the Miss LA Galaxy girls, street team and a few surprise guests at a location near you.


  • Photos with the ’09 Western Conference Championship Trophy
  • Ticket Giveaways
  • Autographed Jersey Raffle
  • Galaxy prize giveaways
  • Drink and Food Specials
  • Much more!
Appearances by:
  • Miss LA Galaxy
  • The Galaxy Street Team
  • More surprise guests to be named in the coming days

Wednesday, March 24 from 6-8pm
The Olde Ship
1120 West 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 550-6700

Thursday, March 25 from 6-9pm
The Auld Dubliner
3775 Tyler Street
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 354-6325

* MLS First Kick 2010 to be shown starting at 6:30pm featuring Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders FC

Friday, March 26 from 6-8pm
Ye Olde Kings Head
116 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1402

Saturday, March 27 from 4-6pm +
Off Campus Pub
18413 Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90747

+ Time subject to change.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Highlights and Reaction to 0-0 Draw with Aguila

Parking and Traffic Advisory - 3/27

The following information is provided by The Home Depot Center, the LA Galaxy organization, and by other transit authorities.

*** March 27, 2010 ***
LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution


• Parking Gates A & D will be staffed with a cashier beginning at 4 p.m.
• Parking Gates B & C will be staffed with a cashier beginning at 6 p.m.
• Parking Gates E, F, G, and I will be staffed with a cashier beginning at 6:30 p.m.
• Pre-paid parking passholders are encouraged to enter the facility at Gate C off of Victoria Street. Only passes that read "MARCH 27, 2010" will be valid at this match.
• Fans who do not have pre-paid parking passes: use parking entrances off of University Dr. or Central Ave. Avoid using Avalon Blvd. and Victoria St.
• Approximately five (5) spaces in Lot 13 will be used by partners’ promotional vehicles and will therefore be unavailable for guest parking.

None reported from CalTrans.

• Sheriffs may intermittently stop vehicles traveling eastbound on Victoria St. from turning right (southbound) at Avalon Blvd, depending upon the flow of traffic. (If the right turn is disallowed, vehicles will continue eastbound on Victoria St.) Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive as early as possible. Please read below for important information to make your visit to The Home Depot Center more enjoyable.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

LA Galaxy vs CD Aguila Post-Game Coverage

Enjoy these photos, courtesy of German Alegria (Muchas gracias compadre!), and then scroll to the bottom for some postmatch reaction from Bruce and Co.

Bruce Arena
On the game:
“I thought that it was a sloppy performance by our team tonight. I don’t think that we did good with our passing, we didn’t take any of our chances, our crossing of the ball on the night was poor. Give our opponent credit, they did what they wanted to do, a classic road mentality. The few chances that we created in the first half, we really should have put one of those away to really open the game up.”

On where the team is heading into Saturday:
“I think that we’re doing fine. You don’t overreact to these things. I think that this was a good game to get in the stadium, especially for the young players, a bunch of nervous players tonight with their first experience in the stadium so that was good to get that experience and hopefully that helps moving forward.”

On the play of his defense:
“The defense wasn’t really tested but overall our center backs had a good game.”

Landon Donovan
On where the team is heading into the season:
“The only thing is that I wish we were a little healthier in a few spots. Tonight, it would have been helpful to throw another forward on but we didn’t have that luxury. But hopefully getting Alan back, Jovan back and healthy will give us some options.”

On the play of the three Brazilians:
“I’ve been very impressed with all three. I think that once they get over the language barrier they are going to be even better, but they are definitely going to contribute this year.”

On this team compared to last year:
“Miles ahead. Aside from tonight, we’re going to create a lot of chances and we did tonight. The biggest thing is that we know each other, we know how to play. The only fault at this point is that maybe we were a little naïve today and when we have a chance to beat a team that is not on our level, we have to beat them.”

Edson Buddle
On the game:
“Overall I felt pretty good. It was a good game, a good warmup for the regular season next week.”

On Aguila’s style:
“The way they play is similar to what we can expect to see in the Champions League and maybe even next week, with New England on the road, they might play that way as well, so it was a good test.”

Tristan Bowen
On the Game:
“It was a bit tough. They came with five in the midfield so that took a little bit of time to figure that out and where to go. Overall I think that we could have done a lot better, it was just a different look.”

On playing the role of creator this season:
“With LD up there you expect him to finish, though there are times he’s going to miss. All I have to do is get the ball into good spots and our forwards will do their jobs.”

On playing out on the wing compared to up front:
“It’s a little bit different. You don’t have the pressure of scoring goals but there are things that come with being a midfielder and you have to make sure you get good service into the box and pick out runners.”

Todd Dunivant
On the team’s growth since last season:
“Last year that was the focus, our defense, and we still have that core. It’s been a good preseason for that now we just have to continue to work and get better going forward and get some crosses in, tonight we struggled in that department. But we’ll get that rust out, we’ll work on that this week and come back ready for New England.

On the team’s struggles against Aguila:
“We weren’t as sharp as we normally are. The crossing wasn’t good, I missed a couple and we just didn’t have that sharpness and crispness to move the ball. We’re going to see that in the Champions League, teams coming in here to get a result and sitting back, so we’re going to have to be crisper, sharper and really attack them when we have the chance. We didn’t do that very well tonight but we’re not hitting any panic buttons, we’ve had a great preseason and we’ll build on that going into the season.”

Dema Kovalenko
On the game:
“It feels good to play a game, it feels good that the season is going to start finally and it feels good that the CBA is out of the way and we can concentrate on the season. We have the same team pretty much, so we know what we have to do, we just have to come out and do it. Today was okay but we have to be better. We created chances, now we have to take them.”

On Aguila as a final tuneup:
“It was good. We were not sharp enough passing-wise, but it’s okay. It was a game and we didn’t lose. We created some good moments, but we were not sharp enough. We will work on that during the week and get better.”

Galaxy End Preseason With 0-0 Draw Against Aguila

LA Galaxy 0, CD Aguila 0
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The Home Depot Center — Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card) 88’

LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts; Alex Cazumba (Todd Dunivant 46’), Leonardo, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin; Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis (Michael Stephens 68’), Juninho (Chris Klein 87’), Tristan Bowen (Chris Birchall 46’), Landon Donovan©, Edson Buddle.

Subs Not Used: Josh Saunders, Kevin Guppy, Yohance Marshall, A.J. DeLaGarza, Bryan Jordan.

CD Aguila: Miguel Montes, Hermes Martinez, Isaac Zelaya, William Cabrera, Deris Umanzor, Gliberto Murgas (Eliseo Salamanca 74’), Arturo Albarran (Luis Hernandez 66’), William Alegria (Darwin Bonilla 65’), Leonel Guevara, Francisco Alvarez (Nelson Reyes 86’), Rudis Corrales (Shawn Martin 74’)

Subs Not Used: Benji Villalobos.

• With the draw, the Galaxy finish the preseason with a 6-0-3 record.
• The Galaxy were 2-0-0 against college teams, 1-0-0 against USASA teams, 2-0-2 against MLS opponents and 1-0-1 against foreign opposition.
• The Galaxy allowed just two goals in their nine preseason games, with both of those coming in a 5-2 win over San Diego State.
• Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Chris Klein were all in the lineup for the Galaxy after returning from Washington D.C. last night. They were in the Nation’s Capital as part of the MLS Players Union at the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. Donovan played the full 90 minutes while Dunivant played 45 minutes and Klein played the final three minutes.
• Donovan Ricketts did not have to make a save for the Galaxy to keep the clean sheet.
• The Galaxy outshot Aguila 19-2 in the game while shots on goal were 6-0 in favor of the Galaxy.
• The Galaxy’s three Brazilian offseason acquisitions – Alex Cazumba, Juninho and Leonardo all started for the Galaxy.
• Michael Stephens, the Galaxy’s first round draft pick out of UCLA, came off the bench and played the final 22 minutes in midfield.
• This was the Galaxy’s third all-time game against CD Aguila. They are now 1-0-2 in those games, tying 1-1 in San Salvador on February 21, 1999 and winning 3-1at the Rose Bowl on May 29, 2002.
• The attendance for today’s game was 6,364.
• The Galaxy are back in action on Saturday night when they host the New England Revolution in the MLS season opener at The Home Depot Center. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. and can be seen live on Fox Soccer Channel.
• For more about today’s game, please visit

LA Galaxy vs CD Aguila Running Blog

Ready to Go

The teams are in and we're ready to go for the final preseason game of 2010 as the Galaxy host Salvadoran power CD Aguila. Fan Fest is complete and the fans are making their way inside the stadium as we speak.

Here is the Galaxy team...






Subs: Saunders, Guppy, Dunivant, DeLaGarza, Marshall, Birchall, Stephens, Klein, Jordan.

And here is the team for CD Aguila head coach Nelson Ancheta...






Subs: Villalobos, Hernandez, Reyes, Martin, Salamanca, Bonilla

Saturday, March 20, 2010

All Systems Are Go For Aguila -- And 2010

The LA Galaxy completed preparations for Sunday's international friendly against C.D. Aguila by training inside the main stadium of The Home Depot Center today. The session was the final training session of the eight-week-long preaseason.

At the same time the players took the field, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the MLS Players Union took part in a conference call to announce the agreement of new collective bargaining agreement that commences with the 2010 season and concludes on December 31, 2014.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber (left) and MLS Players Union Executive Director Bob Foose shake hands after announcement of new five-year CBA. Photo Credit Jose Argueta/MLS

After Commissioner Garber spoke, LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan joined the conference call. This is what Donovan had to say...

Along with Landon, Todd Dunivant and Chris Klein also took a part in the negotiations in D.C. All three are scheduled to return to L.A. later today and will be available to play tomorrow.

Back at The Home Depot Center, Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena was glad the two sides were able to broker a deal -- which allows the 2010 season to kickoff next week as scheduled.

"We're very pleased that there's been an agreement on a new five-year CBA between MLS and the MLS Players Union," Arena said. "We look forward to getting the 2010 season started next Saturday against the New England Revolution. This is going to be a great year for MLS and soccer in the United States."

At the conclusion of training, we caught up with assistant coach Dave Sarachan, forward Edson Buddle, midfielder Dema Kovalenko and rookie midfielder Michael Stephens.

Here's what they had to say regarding tomorrow's preseason finale...





Here are some more photos from today's training session...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Two Days Til Aguila

The next to last practice ahead of Sunday's game against Aguila took place this afternoon under sunny skies at The Home Depot Center. The highlight of the day was a string of fast paced 9v9 games which featured all 16 of the club's available field players going back and forth at one another.

Tristan Bowen scored the game's deciding goal for his team, which was made up of Edson, Eddie, Birchall, Omar, Sean, Gregg, Alex, Donovan and Tristan, just before the end, just minutes after Leonardo had equalized for his team.

Here are a few photos from the game, and be sure to scroll to the bottom for exciting news about Sunday's game.
Finally, we be sure to check back here tomorrow for photos from the team's final training session, which will take place inside the stadium, and some thoughts from a few of the guys going into the game against Aguila.

For that game against the Salvadoran power (which you can read about here) we will have a live audio stream right here, with Joe Tutino and Ralph Perez bringing you all the action live. ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM will also have all the action live on the radio starting at 4:30 p.m.

2010 MLS Season Preview - Tonight on FSC

The Galaxy don't open their season live on Fox Soccer Channel for another eight days, but if you want to get a taste of some MLS action starting tonight, you can tune into the network at 5 p.m. (PT) for their 2010 MLS Season Preview Show from Red Bull Arena.

This hour-long look at America’s premier soccer league – the only program of its kind among MLS’s national broadcast partners – goes on location at the new 25,000 seat home of the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J. MLS fans will get an insider’s look at this architecturally-stunning, $200-million soccer cathedral.

Beginning with a review of the 2009 season, host Mark Rogondino will then take an in-depth look at the prospects of all 16 MLS teams, detailing off-season personnel changes as squads gear up for the new campaign.

Be sure to check it out tonight at 5 p.m. (PT) and check for a complete list of rebroadcast times.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Landon Leftovers

This man has been racking up the airline miles this week, that's for sure.

After flying from London to Los Angeles on Sunday, Landon Donovan was back on a plane today as he joined teammates Todd Dunivant and Chris Klein (who left yesterday) at the collective bargaining agreement negotiations in Washington D.C.

Here is what Landon had to say about the current labor dispute at yesterday's press conference.

We also had a few left over clips from Landon regarding David Beckham's injury...

and the perils of driving on each side of the Atlantic...

This wraps up everything from yesterday's press conference and tomorrow we'll begin to look ahead to Sunday's preseason finale against Aguila.

Landon Donovan Press Tour - Part II

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Landon Donovan Press Tour - Part 1

After this morning's scrimmage, Landon spoke to a number of local TV stations, as well as chatting with Armando Aguayo of ESPN Deportes Radio before sitting down with the rest of the local media for more than 25 minutes this afternoon at The Home Depot Center.

Here is most of what the Galaxy captain had to say...

There is more regarding David Beckham's injury, the CBA negotiations and a fun bite about driving in both LA and Liverpool that we will share with you in the coming days.

Galaxy Ease Past Hollywood United 8-0 [UPDATED WITH VIDEO]

We'll have a lot from Landon's meeting with the press today, but before he could get to that, he had some business to take care of on the training field as the Galaxy took on Hollywood United in their penultimate preseason game of the year.

Edson Buddle scored three times, Landon Donovan added an pair and Tristan Bowen, Michael Stephens and A.J. DeLaGarza all added singular tallies as the Galaxy cruised to an 8-0 victory, which was their biggest win of the preseason.

Most players played 45 minutes in the game, which saw the Galaxy take a 5-0 lead at halftime before adding three more in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

Edson scored his first goal of the game after just five minutes before Tristan added a second five minutes later to set LA on their way to the win. Edson added goals in the 22nd and 31st minute to complete his second hat trick of the preseason.

Landon scored his first goal just before the break to make the score 5-0. He then set up LA's sixth goal of the game, getting free in the box before laying the ball off for Michael Stephens to calmly finish.

A.J. DeLaGarza then added his first goal of the preseason three minutes later, finishing a Todd Dunivant cross before Landon completed the rout with his second goal of the game.

Galaxy Lineup: Donovan Ricketts (Josh Saunders 46'); Alex Cazumba (Todd Dunivant 46'), Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo (Yohance Marshall 46'), Sean Franklin (A.J. DeLaGarza 46'); Dema Kovalenko (Chris Birchall 46'), Eddie Lewis (Bryan Jordan 46'), Juninho (Michael Stephens 46'), Tristan Bowen (Chris Klein 46'); Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle (Mike Magee 46'/Tristan Bowen 60')

Here are some of the highlights...

In other news from the day:

- Clint Mathis warmed up with the second half squad during half time of the game, passing the ball around and playing some 5v2. He remains on pace to return to training soon and he could be available for the season opener against New England.

- Mike Magee entered the game at halftime but was removed 15 minutes later as a precautionary measure after feeling tightness in his back. Tristan Bowen re-entered the game in his place and played the final 30 minutes up front with Landon.

Despite exiting the game, Magee is expected to be available for training tomorrow.

- Gregg Berhalter was given the day off today. He was in attendance at the game but did not play. He will be back at training tomorrow morning.

- Chris Klein is scheduled to fly to the East Coast later this afternoon for more CBA negotiations with MLS. He will be joined later in the week by Todd Dunivant and Landon Donovan, though both of those guys will be back in LA ahead of Sunday's game against Aguila.

- Andrew Green, one of the two players who earned a tryout with the Galaxy U-20's at the Open Tryout earlier this month, was in the Hollywood United lineup for today's game.

"I'm Very Excited to be Back, I'm Very Excited to Be Home"

With those words, Landon Donovan signaled his return to MLS and the Galaxy. Landon completed his 10-week stay at Everton on Sunday and had this to say as his opening statement to the press during this afternoon's meeting with the press.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Broadcast Partners Return for 2010

The LA Galaxy announced today that FOX Sports West, AM 570 KLAC and ESPN Deportes Radio will return as the club’s broadcast partners for the 2010 MLS season. With these agreements, all 30 of the club’s regular season games will be available on either national or local television, as well as on Spanish radio and 24 games will be available on local English radio, with the rest streaming live on the web at

A complete broadcast schedule, both radio and television, can be found online at

FOX Sports West returns for their 12th season as the official local television broadcast partner of the Galaxy. For the first time in network history, FOX Sports West along with sister station PRIME TICKET, will broadcast all 18 of the Galaxy’s 30 regular season games in high definition. The first FOX Sports West HD telecast will be delivered on April 10, the club’s first road trip of the season, and rematch of the 2009 Western Conference Championship against the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium.

The broadcasting duo of Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Mark Rogondino (analyst) return to the FOX Sports West booth for their fourth consecutive season of calling all the Galaxy action, while Jackie Pickering is back for her third season providing sideline reporting for all home games from The Home Depot Center. Galaxy Live also returns to the line-up, providing live pregame coverage before all home and road telecasts. An informative and entertaining extension of each game on FOX Sports West and PRIME TICKET, Galaxy Live offers viewers an inside look at all of the latest and most up-to-date news surrounding the Galaxy, as well as a series of behind the scenes features that give fans a greater look into the lives of their favorite Galaxy players.

The Galaxy’s two radio partners from the 2008 and 2009 seasons also return for the 2010 campaign, with ESPN Deportes Radio KWKW 1330 AM scheduled to broadcast all 30 of the club’s regular season games and AM 570 KLAC scheduled to broadcast 24 games.

The Spanish language broadcast team of Rolando Gonzalez and Armando Aguayo return to the radio booth for the second straight season, with Gonzalez handling the play-by-play duties and Aguayo serving as the commentator for KWKW. In addition to calling all Galaxy games, the pair will also host 30-minute pregame and postgame shows before and after every Galaxy game, as well as Puro Galaxy, a one-hour, weekly radio show that gives listeners an inside look at the club. Puro Galaxy will air every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Rounding out the Galaxy’s broadcast partners is AM 570 KLAC, one of the leaders in sports talk radio throughout Southern California. The station, along with sister station KTLK 1150 AM, will air 24 of the Galaxy’s 30 regular season games in 2010, as well as a postgame show after every broadcast. Joe Tutino returns for a 13th season as the radio voice of the Galaxy, with former Galaxy assistant coach Ralph Perez returning to join Tutino as the commentator for all Galaxy home games. The remaining six games that will not be broadcast on AM 570 KLAC or KTLK 1150 AM will be streamed live on

Landon Trains for the First Time

After returning to Los Angeles on Sunday, Galaxy captain Landon Donovan trained with the club for the first time this season on Tuesday afternoon.

Wearing his familiar #10 shirt, Donovan went through a complete workout with the club before joining Edson Buddle, Mike Magee and Yohance Marshall for a lengthy set of crossing and finishing drills.

Donovan will speak to the media for the first time tomorrow afternoon after training and we'll have complete coverage of that tomorrow.

But for now, be sure to head over to for Larry Morgan's latest story about Donovan's return.

Arena Discusses Beckham Injury

Following yesterday's off day, Bruce Arena met with reporters today to discuss David Beckham's Achilles' injury. Here is what he had to say about his star midfielder.

For more player reaction to Beckham's injury, be sure to head over to for the latest from Larry Morgan.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Parking and Traffic Advisory - 3/21 vs Aguila

The following information is provided by The Home Depot Center, the LA Galaxy organization, and other transit authorities.

*** March 21, 2010 ***

LA Galaxy vs. C.D. Águila


• Parking Gates A & D will be staffed with a cashier beginning at 11 a.m.
• Parking Gate B & C will be staffed with a cashier beginning at 1 p.m.
• Parking Gates E, F, G, and I will be staffed with a cashier beginning at 3:30 p.m.
• Pre-paid parking passholders are encouraged to enter the facility at Gate C off of Victoria Street. Only passes that read "BONUS GAME A" or "MARCH 21, 2010" will be valid at this match.
• Fans who do not have pre-paid parking passes: use parking entrances off of University Dr. or Central Ave. Avoid using Avalon Blvd. and Victoria St.

None reported from CalTrans.

• Sheriffs may intermittently stop vehicles traveling eastbound on Victoria St. from turning right (southbound) at Avalon Blvd, depending upon the flow of traffic. (If the right turn is disallowed, vehicles will continue eastbound on Victoria St.)

Get Well David

The following statement is from LA Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena regarding midfielder David Beckham, who injured his left Achilles' tendon during AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo Verona on Sunday at the San Siro in Milan, Italy. Beckham underwent surgery to repair the injury today in Finland.

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of our game and they are even more disappointing when they happen to a player who was so close to realizing his dream of representing his nation at this summer’s World Cup,” said Arena. “We will give David our complete support to make sure that he is able to get himself back to full health before he returns to the field. David remains an important player for the Galaxy and we look forward to welcoming him back to the club and assisting him in his recovery.”

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Galaxy and Chivas USA Play to 0-0 Draw

The LA Galaxy remained unbeaten in the preseason thanks to a 0-0 draw with Chivas USA this afternoon at The Home Depot Center. All 11 starters played the full 90 minutes for the Galaxy, who had the better of the chances for a majority of the match but nearly suffered their first loss of the preseason when Justin Braun got behind the LA defense in the 88th minute, only for Todd Dunivant to clear the ball off the line and keep the game scoreless.

Mike Magee and Bryan Jordan started up front for the Galaxy and the pair created a couple of solid chances in a physical opening 45 minutes, but Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was equal on each occasion to keep the games scoreless at the break.

LA continued to mount pressure after the break with Jordan nearly capitalizing on an errant backpass, only to see his off balance shot saved once again. Yohance Marshall and Todd Dunivant each had opportunities to put the Galaxy in front off set pieces, but each saw their headers narrowly miss.

With just under 20 minutes left, Michael Stephens played an angled ball through for Magee, whose right-footed shot beat Kennedy but went just wide of the right post after he had been closed down by Chivas USA defender Emilio Viades.

As the game drew to a close, Chivas USA came close to grabbing a winner with Braun firing high over the crossbar from just outside the box with five minutes left on the click. Three minutes later, Dunivant was pressed into action when he raced back to clear away Justin Braun's late effort and assure a 0-0 finish.

LA is now 4-0-3 in the 2010 preseason, including a 2-0-2 mark against MLS opponents.

Galaxy Lineup: Saunders; Dunivant, Leonardo, Marshall, DeLaGarza; Birchall, Lewis, Stephens, Klein; Magee, Jordan.

Enjoy these photos from today's game...