Dealing with altitude one of challenges facing Galaxy this weekend

To get through the second leg of their Western Conference Semifinals, the Galaxy has to deal with their No. 1 nemesis.

Tim Howard? The Colorado defense? Sure, they’re both concerns, but for the Galaxy, how

Photo by Steve McCrank // Staff Photographer

Photo by Steve McCrank // Staff Photographer

it deals with the altitude will determine how things go Sunday afternoon.

“Right now, we have a 1-0 lead and we know it is going to be tough,” Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme said. “This is going to be my second time. I struggled (the first time) after 20-30 minutes, so we have to be prepared, rest our body and just deal with it.”

The Galaxy’s first trip to Colorado this season (Mar.12) was Van Damme’s first time playing at altitude. .

“They told me it was going to be tough,” he said of that first game. “I thought it was just a mental thing, but it came true.”

Colorado went undefeated during the regular season (11-0-6). One of those victories came against the Galaxy (1-0) on March 12.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is no stranger to dealing with altitude, whether in Colorado or Mexico City with the U.S. national team.

Is there an easy way to prepare? The Galaxy is scheduled to arrive in Colorado Saturday, a day before the game, which has been reported could lessen the impact that the altitude could have on a team.

“There’s not a whole lot you can do,” Arena said. “Make sure your team is hydrated. If you’re fit, you can deal with it. The fitter you are, the better you’re able to cope with it.

“I’ve done this for years, talking to specialists on altitude, getting the U.S. team ready for Mexico City …nobody knows. The only way to acclimated to altitude is to live there and to live there for three weeks or so in Denver, three months in Mexico City …nobody knows.”


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LA Galaxy to host Stadium Club viewing party Sunday at StubHub Center for Western Conference semifinal against Colorado

stadiumclub (Photo courtesy StubHub Center).

Galaxy fans can watch the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal against the Colorado Rapids that kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday on the largest video screen in MLS from the newly-renovated Stadium Club at StubHub Center.

From the Galaxy press release:

Doors for the watch party will open at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. kickoff, with free parking available for all guests in attendance.

There will be various food options featured, with drink specials available for guests, including $2 beers, $5 Bloody Marys, $5 mimosas, coffee and soft drinks. The watch party will feature various prizes and giveaways for fans, with Cozmo and the LA Galaxy Star Squad set to be in attendance. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photographs with all five of the LA Galaxy’s MLS Cup trophies, which will be inside the Stadium Club. In addition to the LA Galaxy-Colorado Rapids match on GalaxyTV, there will also be NFL games shown on televisions inside the Stadium Club.

The Galaxy lead the two-game, aggregate score series 1-0.

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Jelle Van Damme selected finalist for two awards

Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme has been a savior in the back for the Galaxy this season in his first year in MLS.

Tuesday, it was announced that Van Damme was a finalist for both the MLS Defender and galaxyNewcomer of the Year awards.

Van Damme joined the Galaxy from Standard Liege of the Belgian first division. He made 28 appearances during the regular season, helping the Galaxy become one  of the league’s stingiest defenses, allowing just 39 goals.

The Defender of the Year award will be announced Nov. 11. The Newcomer of the Year will be awarded Nov. 21.


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