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Galaxy open title defense April 1

December 5, 2005 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - LA Galaxy News Release

CARSON, CA (Monday, December 5, 2005) - The 2005 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy will open their 2006 season against the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 1 at 8 pm (PT) at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills, the club announced today.

The game will be a hotly contested rematch of MLS Cup 2005, where the Galaxy defeated Revs by a 1-0 scoreline in overtime.

"We are extremely excited to be facing the Revolution in our 2006 home opener," said Los Angeles Galaxy President and General Manager Doug Hamilton. "We look forward to beginning the defense of our MLS Cup title and to getting the 2006 campaign underway in explosive fashion."

The Los Angeles Galaxy have compiled an impressive all-time record of 8-2-0 in their 10 previous MLS home openers and are unbeaten since a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at the Rose Bowl on April 7, 2001.

The 2006 home opener will be the Galaxy's second under coach Steve Sampson, who guided the team to the 2005 MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles. The club previously defeated Real Salt Lake, 3-1, on April 9, 2005.

The club also made it known that, for the eleventh consecutive season, they will be hosting a game on July 4 (with the opponent to be determined), continuing the tradition of "Football and Fireworks" in the Southland. The remainder of the 2006 schedule will be announced at a later date.

Tickets to the 2006 home opener are only available by purchasing a Galaxy Holiday Pack. These packages include four (4) tickets to the Galaxy's 2006 home opener, two (2) endline tickets to the 2006 home opener of Los Angeles Riptide lacrosse team (May 2006), two (2) Galaxy "Go Gold!" knit caps, one (1) Galaxy gold soccer ball (size 5) and one (1) Galaxy holiday card, all starting at just $90. For more information or to order yours today, call the Galaxy ticket office toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY or log on to www.lagalaxy.com .


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