Monday Kicks: Friday’s Galaxy-NYRB game heading toward a sellout & more

*The Galaxy announced today that general admission seating for the grass berm at Home Depot Center has gone on sale for Friday’s eagerly anticipated game against the New York Red Bulls in Carson with tickets priced at $24.

From the Galaxy press release:

In addition to the Grass Berm, a limited number of tickets remain in Corner ($50), Sideline ($75) and Club ($125) sections for the game against the Red Bulls, so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now. Seating in the General Admission, Endline, Upper Corner, Upper Sideline and Fieldside sections are sold out.

The game is, as Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena observed Saturday, one that MLS has awaited for years: a face off between the two teams in the nation’s largest TV markets, both doing well in the league at the same time (for once), featuring star-studded lineups of World Cup players as well as the league’s two leading scorers (Edson Buddle and Juan Pablo Angel) on national television.

And yes, the hype is for a regular season game. I’ll do my part to pump things up in Tuesday’s column.

Call 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299) for tickets.

*Before I go write let’s wrap up Sunday’s local college action briefly:

Pepperdine (5-3-1) beat host Hawaii 2-0 at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic after suffering a 1-0 loss to Washington State on Saturday night.

The No. 17 UCLA men (4-1-1) beat San Diego 3-2 in overtime at Drake Stadium. The No. 10 UCLA women (5-2-1) lost 1-0 to host Colorado in double OT.

The LMU men (3-3) battled back from a goal down, but hosts San Jose State took advantage of playing a man up to score the game-winner three minutes from time in a 2-1 victory that handed the Lions their third straight defeat at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The LMU women beat Penn 1-0 at at Sullivan Field.

The Cal State Northridge men (0-5-1) remained winless on the season, conceding two unanswered goals to University of Illinois-Chicago and losing 2-1 with the winner for their opponent coming in the 84th minute in Northridge.

Long Beach State (6-3-1) beat Akron 4-1 at the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas.

Junior Greg Piechota (San Diego) scored twice and the ref handed out 10 yellow and two red cards in a 2-2 double-overtime draw between the CSUDH men (4-0-2) and visiting San Francisco State. One year after scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over San Francisco State, now junior Jessica Murphy (West Torrance High) snatched another brace as the Cal State Dominguez Hills women (5-1) won again 2-1 over the Gators in Carson.

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  • Studs Up

    Could include attendence figures for men’s soccer games?
    SA reported some big crowds around the nation with Cal poly SLO getting over 8000 for their season opener against UCLA. Amazing what’s happening up there. Talk your editor in sending you up there for a report, with a stop over at UCSB of course.

  • Actually, I already mentioned it here Saturday: (at the end of the post).

  • Studs Up

    Thanks but I meant the attendence figures for all the games you report on. Like to know if anyone is paying attention to these games besides the parents.

  • Ah, sorry, misunderstood.

    It’s not always easy to get attendance figures for college games because schools don’t routinely provide it – not even in box scores – I suspect because attendance is often very low.

    Moreover, I have significantly reduced my coverage of college soccer this season because as you have apparently noticed few people other than proud parents seem to really care – I didn’t really get an increased number of hits or comments when I wrote about college soccer, nor do I get fewer because I have decreased coverage.