Galaxy Notebook: LA faces pressures of hosting Cup, Magee on fire and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy will get to enjoy one of the greatest luxuries in professional sports. They'll get to play the final, at their own stadium and in front of their own fans. 

The Galaxy will face the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center on November 20th. The HDC has been the Galaxy's fortress this season as the club has gone unbeaten at home this season with an impressive 17-0-5 record in all competitions. 

One of those wins being against the Dynamo, who they defeated 1-0 on May 25th Despite their strong record, the Galaxy admit that there was a great deal of pressure on them to reach the final at their home venue. 

"It wasn’t the most comfortable feeling knowing we were going to host the final and go through this season," said head coach Bruce Arena. "This has been one heck of a battle…and now to move into the final, which I must tell you there was a little bit of pressure on us to get there which is kind of a remarkable feat by this group. They deserve to be in the final and now we know that we’ve got to bring it and play our best if we want to hold the trophy on the 20th."

MAGEE CONTINUES HOT STREAK

His own head coach attributed his success to the "luck of the irish", but Mike Magee has simply been getting the job done with well-timed runs and clinicial finishing.

Magee will take part in his third final in four years after scoring the game winning goal — his third goal in three games — to help the Galaxy advance to the league championship. For all three of his playoff goals, Magee has been the recipient of service from David Beckham, whose crosses have found the Galaxy midfielder each time. 

Enjoying the finest season in his career, one that has seen him rise from squad player to cult hero among the Galaxy faithful, even Beckham can't help but dispense his praise to Magee for his current run of form. 

"He's on fire. His dad said to me the other night, 'you keep finding his head' and he is right," said Beckham of Magee. "Hopefully it continues. We got, obviously, one more game to go and hopefully it continues. Mike knows how to get into positions, at the right places at the right times and he's done that so far." 

 KEANE AND BIRCHALL HEAD OUT FOR INTERNATIONAL DUTY

While most of the Galaxy enjoy some time off ahead of the Cup Final, two members of the club will head abroad on international duty.

Robbie Keane (Ireland), Chris Birchall (Trinidad and Tobago) will each head off to join their respective national teams ahead of matches this week. Birchall and Keane are expected to be gone until at least Nov. 16th.

Keane will join Ireland ahead of their vital fixtures with Estonia as the Irish look to qualify for the European Championships for the first time in nearly two decades. The forward flew on Monday morning to re-join the Ireland squad, who begin their two leg playoff on Friday in Talinn before hosting Estonia just four days later in Dublin. It is something of a shock for Keane to be heading off to join Ireland after appearing set to miss the countries' vital playoff when he injured his left adductor during a game in October against Andorra.

“It’s a massive, massive week,” Keane said. “My focus now is 100 percent on the Irish team as soon as I leave this dressing room, and it’s always been like that. I look forward to it and I’ll hopefully come back for the final with the Irish team in the European Championship.”

Meanwhile, Birchall will join Trinidad and Tobago for their World Cup qualifiers against Guyana as the Soca Warriors try to earn a spot in the semi-final round of CONCACAF qualifying. 

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12 Responses to Galaxy Notebook: LA faces pressures of hosting Cup, Magee on fire and more

  1. MLSrigged says:

    I wonder whose gonna win the AEG Cup this year?

  2. Limey says:

    Not Seattle

  3. blag says:

    We know who AEG wants to win the cup. I mean isn’t it obvious, the team that gets all the money is obviously not supposed to win. I mean seriously, who would think that the owners favorite team would be the owners choice to win this. WHAT NONSENSE

  4. Kishan Jeter says:

    Even though AEG owns the LA Galaxy and is half owner of the Houston Dynamo and the fact that the Galaxy are undefeated at Home Depot Center this year I can honestly say that even without Brad Davis, the Houston Dynamo will win a 3rd trophy by winning the 2011 MLS Cup. Go Dynamo!

  5. dynasaur says:

    Wishful thinking is not going to help. I can honestly say you must have spent 50 minutes staring at the keyboard getting the guts to post this nonsense.

  6. boyton says:

    The Dynamo have a great chance to win. Don’t be too confident Galaxy fans!

  7. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    I’ll be cheering on Ireland…that would be massive to see Keane help his country qualify for the Euros… hopefully the games will be on television.

  8. Brent McD says:

    Did any of the Dynamo internationals get call-ups? Canada (Hainault) have a qualifier but pretty sure they’re through to the next round. Not sure about Honduras (Costly) and Jamaica (Watson/Taylor).

  9. Brent McD says:

    Also, anyone know if there are seats at the HDC set aside for Dynamo supporters? Ticketbastard is showing the game as sold out already.

  10. Colin says:

    They’ve set up remote viewing zones across the 91 in Compton. Wear orange!

  11. Louis Z says:

    not sure if you are serious or kidding around :|

  12. Santino says:

    The 1000 tickets released to Dynamo fans sold out quickly…HDC is going to be wild