3rd Place Match Set for 11pm EST
Tomorrow the Galaxy will play Sydney FC for the third place trophy in the final night of the Pan-Pacific cup competition. They are slotted into the 11pm EST timeslot. Stay tuned tomorrow for updates on how you can view the match online (ESPN360 will also carry this game, as they did the first one). Please note that it is always better to wait as long as you can to determine the p2p links; I usually have a rule of thumb of checking an hour before the match. It benefits you guys if I wait to post the links, so they have the best chance of being accurate. So keep coming back for updates! :)

Good luck to the Galaxy for achieving 3rd place. However it ends, it will be interesting to see Galaxy & Sydney meet up again. Their friendly during Galaxy’s Australasian tour was at times quite spirited!

LA Galaxy Fan Fest
Great news for Galaxy fans in the LA area: The Galaxy have announced their “Fan Fest” to celebrate the upcoming season. The celebrations will take place on March 22nd at the Home Depot Center, and will include:

Galaxy team introduction
Open team practice from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2008 team strategy presented by Coach Gullit
Entertainment and music
Interactive booths
Miss LA Galaxy autographs
Galaxy prize contests
Silent auction

…and more. The event runs from 11am – 2pm and is free to the public. A free chance to see Becks train, if he is in training that day. Bear in mind England’s next match is the 26th in France, yet the Galaxy season opener is the 29th…we can’t say for sure if Capello will call Becks, or if Gullit will make good on his promise to rest David, which greatly affects when and where David will appear during that time.

But if you’re a Galaxy fan who wants to attend the Fan Fest try calling ahead to see if David is expected to train. You never know!

Pleasing Fans in the Tropical Sun
David stopped to sign some impromptu autographs in Hawaii before the first match, and here’s a little snapshot from Kickette.com. Larger version plus more (and some shots from the game on Wednesday and prior training) coming to the gallery soon.

When You Don’t Start off the Game Well…
David made a statement the press that fairly well recaps the entire Galaxy/Osaka match:

“Obviously it’s always disappointing when you lose the game, when you don’t start off the game well and properly, then that happens. They capitalized on that first breakthrough, but we got back towards the end of the first half and we had a few chances. The second half was a lot better, we started playing football, we started playing with confidence and we created chances. But you don’t get anything unless you put them away. We had to adapt a lot to the pitch, we didn’t train on the pitch at all. It took us a little bit of time to adjust.”

Highlights from the game (insofar as there’s anything to highlight in a game where Becks himself admits his side started out “terrible”) can be seen in this new video clip, which compiles various moments of the Galaxy/Osaka match.

Posted by Dina Ely, soccer editorial/commentary writer. Blog: Eleven Men

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