MLS update: the cup in Canada & more

i-33efe769b83442264cd2bbcead4b2ea5-RCMPcup.jpgRoyal Canadian Mounted Police officers carry the MLS Cup trophy Wednesday to kick off the countdown for Sunday’s championship game between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids in Toronto (AP Photo).

*The Galaxy announced today their post-season friendly against the Newcastle Jets of the Australian A-League will air at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, November 27 on Fox Soccer Channel. A pre-game show begins at midnight.

From the Galaxy press release:

This is the Galaxy’s second trip to Australia in the last four years, with the club also playing Sydney FC in front of more than 80,000 fans at Telstra Stadium in November 2007.

This time around, they will face the 2008 Hyundai A-League Grand Final champion Newcastle Jets. The Jets, led by former England international forwards Michael Bridges and Francis Jeffers, sit in ninth place in the A-League with a 2-5-5 record for 11 points from their first 12 games of the season.

The Jets have allowed just 10 goals in 12 league games and earned their best result of the season on Saturday, a 3-1 win over second place Adelaide, which saw Australian forward Marko Jesic scored his first two goals of the season, with Jeffers setting up one in his debut for the club.

Incidentally, the Galaxy are right, Jeffers did play for England – once – in what was a largely disappointing pro career after he showed early promise with Everton that he never duplicated with Arsenal and a procession of other clubs.

*Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts today lost out on the MLS Save of the Year Award to Kasey Keller.

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