In the category "records you didn't know were being kept" the Los Angeles Galaxy extended their Fourth of July streak last night. Since the Rapids chose to have their Independence Weekend match on Sunday, that meant the Galaxy were alone in being the only team to host a Fourth of July match since MLS launched in 1996. Not only is the Galaxy's streak the longest in MLS history, it's the longest in US Sports history. In 136 years of Major League Baeball, no team has hosted 16 straight Fourth of July games.
The longest baseball streak is 12 games, which was set in the 1800s by the Chicago Cubs (nee White Stockings/Colts) in three different stadiums. The Galaxy began their streak in the Rose Bowl (averaging 55k per match) and have continued it in the Home Depot Center (25k+ per match).
- The Galaxy reserves squared off today against the Sounders reserves. The match ended 1-2 in favor of the Sounders, with Adam Cristman putting in the lone Galaxy goal. Saunders started in goal for the LA Galaxy. AJ DeLaGarza was at match, watching from the sidelines.
- The US Open match between LA and Seattle has been moved from Tuesday, July 12th to Wednesday July 13th. Those of you planning on making the trip to Washington, please adjust your schedules accordingly.
Donovan Ricketts is currently second behind Kasey Keller in All-Star voting for goalkeeper, despite his injury. Omar Gonzalez and Sean Franklin are second and third behind Matt Besler. David Beckham leads the vote for Midfielders. Landon Donovan is second for forwards behind Chris Wondolowski. Update: The All-Star Starting XI will be announced during Sunday afternoon's Timbers v. Sounders match on ESPN2.
"It was a weird game. It’s not often that you start a game with one of your DPs on the bench, your third-string goalie and within a half-hour you have to take off one of your center backs." -Landon Donovan
More quotes to come as I finish transcribing from last night.