2010 Los Angeles Galaxy season

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Los Angeles Galaxy
2010 season
Owner Philip Anschutz (AEG)
Coach Bruce Arena
Major League Soccer 1st
MLS Cup Conference Finals
CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round
U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals
Honda SuperClasico Winners
Top goalscorer League: Edson Buddle (17)
All: Edson Buddle (18)
Highest home attendance 89,134 vs Madrid
(August 7, 2010)
Lowest home attendance 2,179 vs St. Louis
(June 29, 2010)
Average home league attendance 21,437
Home colours
Away colours

The 2010 Los Angeles Galaxy season was the club's fifteenth season of existence. It was also the Galaxy's fifteenth season in Major League Soccer and their fifteenth-consecutive year at the top-flight of American soccer.

The club's season was highlighted by winning their third-ever Supporters' Shield. Statistically, the 2010 MLS season was the Galaxy's strongest season on record, and the club had their strongest start ever, opening their first eleven games unbeaten before losing to the eventual second-place finishers, Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto. Some of the club's notable achievements included Edson Buddle being a runner-up for the MLS Golden Boot award, with 17 goals tallied during the regular season. Galaxy captain and United States national team star Landon Donovan led the club in assists with 12. The club finished the MLS regular season with a 17–7–8 record, their best in nearly a decade.

The club also competed in the preliminary rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League, and the early rounds of the U.S. Open Cup.

In Champions League play, the Galaxy, considered at one point to be favorites to win the entire tournament suffered a shocking blow, when the club suffered a 4–1 home defeat to confederation minnows, Puerto Rico Islanders, who were 11th place at the time in USSF D2 Pro League, the then-second tier of U.S. soccer. Although the Galaxy would defeat the Islanders 2–1 in Puerto Rico, it was not enough on aggregate to see the club advance into Group play. In the tournament, the Galaxy were the only club to defeat the Islanders in Puerto Rico. However, the Galaxy will return to Champions League play next year by winning the Supporters' Shield title.

The Galaxy made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup with a convincing 2–0 win over second-tier AC St. Louis, before losing to Seattle Sounders FC by the same score line.

Background[edit]

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

March[edit]

Los Angeles began their fifteenth Major League Soccer regular season at home with a 1–0 win against the New England Revolution on March 27, 2010. Edson Buddle scored the only goal for the Galaxy in the sixth minute.[1]

April[edit]

David Beckham, with a torn left Achilles tendon injury, was ruled out for the season on April 26. He suffered the injury in a Serie A match for AC Milan against ChievoVerona on March 13,[2] and as a result, will also miss the entire MLS season.[3]

After scoring a league-leading 7 goals, Edson Buddle was named MLS Player of the Month for April[4]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

After a quick and incredible recovery, David Beckham returns to the LA Galaxy. He is brought in as a late sub for Juniho during the 70th minute of the September 11 L.A Galaxy vs Columbus Crew match, amidst the roaring cheers and applauds of Galaxy fans. The Galaxy go on to win the match 3–1.

October[edit]

Club[edit]

First team roster[edit]

The first squad against Chivas USA on Oct. 3, 2010.

As of August 10, 2010.[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Jamaica GK Donovan Ricketts
2 United States DF Todd Dunivant
4 United States DF Omar Gonzalez
5 Trinidad and Tobago DF Yohance Marshall
6 United States MF Eddie Lewis
7 United States MF Chris Klein
8 Ukraine MF Dema Kovalenko
9 United States MF Jovan Kirovski
10 United States FW Landon Donovan (captain)
11 Trinidad and Tobago MF Chris Birchall
12 Puerto Rico GK Josh Saunders
14 United States FW Edson Buddle
No. Position Player
16 United States DF Gregg Berhalter
17 United States FW Tristan Bowen
18 United States MF Mike Magee
19 Brazil MF Juninho
20 United States DF A. J. DeLaGarza
22 Brazil DF Leonardo
23 England MF David Beckham
24 United States GK Brian Perk
26 United States MF Michael Stephens
27 United States FW Bryan Jordan
28 United States DF Sean Franklin
88 Brazil DF Alex Cazumba

Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach/General Manager United States Bruce Arena
Associate Head Coach United States Dave Sarachan
Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development England Trevor James
Assistant Coach United States Cobi Jones
Goalkeeping Coach United States Ian Feuer
Director of Soccer Operations United States David Kammarman
Athletic Trainer United States Armando Rivas
Assistant Athletic Trainer United States Cecelia Gutierrez
Equipment Manager Mexico Raul Vargas
Equipment Coordinator Guatemala Rafael Verdin
Team Administrator United States Shant Kasparian
Strength & Conditioning Coach United States Ben Yauss
Active Release Specialist Japan Shunta Shimizu

Last updated: October 20, 2010
Source: LA Galaxy

Management[edit]

Owner/Chairman United States AEG
President of Business Operations United States Tom Payne[disambiguation needed]
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Home Depot Center (27,000 / 109x68 meters)

Last updated: October 26, 2010
Source: Los Angeles Galaxy

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Previous Club Fee Ref
December 23, 2009 Brazil Leonardo Brazil São Paulo Loan [6]
December 23, 2009 Brazil Juninho Brazil São Paulo Loan [6]
December 23, 2009 Brazil Alex Cazumba Brazil São Paulo Loan [6]
January 14, 2010 United States Michael Stephens United States Chicago Fire Premier Drafted

Out[edit]

Date Player Destination Club Fee Ref
November 27, 2009 Brazil Stefani Miglioranzi United States Philadelphia Union Expansion Draft [7]
August 5, 2010 United States Alan Gordon United States Chivas USA Trade

Loan[edit]

Player Loaned to Start End Ref
England David Beckham Italy Milan December 28, 2009 May 16, 2010 [8]
United States Landon Donovan England Everton January 1, 2010 March 15, 2010 [9]

Statistics[edit]

Games played 37 (30 MLS, 3 MLS Playoffs, 2 CONCACAF Champions League, 2 U.S. Open Cup)
Games won 22 (18 MLS, 2 MLS Playoffs, 1 CONCACAF Champions League, 1 U.S. Open Cup)
Games drawn 5 (5 MLS)
Games lost 10 (7 MLS, 1 CONCACAF Champions League, 1 MLS Playoffs, 1 U.S. Open Cup)
Goals scored 52
Goals conceded 38
Goal difference +16
Clean sheets 13
Yellow cards 50
Red cards 1
Worst discipline United States Omar Gonzalez 8 Booked 0 Red card
Best result(s) W 4 – 0 (A) v SeattleMajor League Soccer – July 2, 2010
Worst result(s) L 4 – 1 (H) v Puerto RicoCONCACAF Champions League – July 17, 2010
Most appearances Jamaica Donovan Ricketts (32)
Top scorer United States Edson Buddle (19)
Points Overall: 59/90 (65.55%)

Last updated: November 18, 2010
Source: Competitions' Wikipedia articles.

Match results[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Major League Soccer[edit]

League Table[edit]

Conference

Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18
2 Real Salt Lake 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25
3 FC Dallas 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14
4 Seattle Sounders FC 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4
5 Colorado Rapids 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12
6 San Jose Earthquakes 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1
7 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
8 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs


Overall

Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy2 (W1) 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18
2 Real Salt Lake3 (W2) 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25
3 New York Red Bulls3 (E1) 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
4 FC Dallas2 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14
5 Columbus Crew3 (E2) 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6
6 Seattle Sounders FC2 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4
7 Colorado Rapids2 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12
8 San Jose Earthquakes3 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1
9 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
10 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
11 Toronto FC1 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8
12 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
13 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
14 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
15 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
16 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 U.S. Open Cup, 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League2
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 U.S. Open Cup
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • ^Note 1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team. If they qualify for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team not already qualified will be given a berth. Similarly, they cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Soccer Championship. If they qualify for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified will qualify.
  • ^Note 3 - 2011 SuperLiga berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.


Results Summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 59 18 7 5 44 26 +18 9 4 2 27 19 +8 9 3 3 17 7 +10

Last updated: October 25, 2010
Source: MLSNet.com
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground H H A H A H A A H A A H A A H A A H H A A H A H H H A A H H
Result W W W W T W W W T W W W L T W L W T L W L L T W W L W W L W
Position 5 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: October 25, 2010.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Regular season[edit]






























Playoffs[edit]



U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Finishing in second place overall in 2009,[11] the Galaxy were one of the six MLS clubs guaranteed a Third round spot in the 2010 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Galaxy were paired against the USSF Pro League's AC St. Louis. Hosting the Saints at Home Depot Center on June 29, a pair of goals from Chris Klein and Juninho gave the Galaxy a 2–0 victory over visiting St. Louis.

On July 7, 2010; the Galaxy traveled up northwest to take on the defending Open Cup champions, Seattle Sounders FC in Tukwila, Washington. In front of a sold-out crowd of 4,500 at Starfire Complex, the Galaxy would lose 2–0, the loss to the eventual champions ended their brief Open Cup campaign.[12]


2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League[edit]


Puerto Rico Islanders won 5–3 on aggregate.

International friendlies[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "MLS clubs' 2010 Home Openers unveiled" (Press release). Major League Soccer. September 24, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ "England's David Beckham is injured playing for AC Milan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). March 14, 2010. Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "David Beckham says he won't be able to play soccer until November". LA Times. April 26, 2010. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Galaxy's Buddle is MLS Player of the Month". ESPN Los Angeles (ESPN). April 29, 2010. Archived from the original on May 9, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/players/los-angeles-galaxy
  6. ^ a b c "Galaxy Sign Three On Loan From Sao Paulo". Yahoo Sports. December 23, 2009. Archived from the original on December 30, 2009. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ "D.C. United resigns Emilio". Yahoo! Sports. January 11, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ guardian.co.uk (November 9, 2010). "David Beckham's loan move to Milan from LA Galaxy is confirmed". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Friday Kickaround". The Washington Post. December 11, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.lagalaxy.com/news/2010/07/recap-la-galaxy-top-dc-united-2-1
  11. ^ http://www.sbnation.com/2009/11/23/1645293/major-league-nightmare-galaxy-lose
  12. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter-recap/usoc-two-goal-jaqua-praises-team-effort

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