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GALAXY: Fourth of July history

7/4/2012

CARSON -- The Galaxy have played at home, followed by a fireworks show, every Fourth of July since their inception. That makes Wednesday night's Independence Day clash with the Philadelphia Union their 17th such encounter.

The first seven were at the Rose Bowl, with the Galaxy going 4-3-0. It's been better at Home Depot Center, their home since 2003, with just one loss in nine matches.

The New England Revolution have been the foe on six occasions -- at 2-2-2, they're responsible for half of L.A.'s losses on the Fourth -- and the Galaxy have played Columbus, San Jose and Seattle twice. This is the first time Philly has played in this game.

The Galaxy's top Independence Day scorers? Carlos Ruiz is No. 1, with five, and Landon Donovan has three, none since scoring twice in 2007. Cobi Jones tallied twice in the 1990s.

Here's a quick game-by-game summary of the Galaxy's Fourth of July clashes:

1996

New England Revolution 1, Galaxy 0

Att.:
62,703

1997

Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 0

Galaxy goals:
Cobi Jones, Welton

Att.: 51,704

1998

Galaxy 2, Kansas City Wizards 0

Galaxy goals:
Cobi Jones, Clint Mathis

Att.: 53,655

1999

Miami Fusion 2, Galaxy 1

Galaxy goal:
Roy Myers

Att.: 60,433

2000

Galaxy 1, Columbus Crew 0

Galaxy goal:
Mauricio Cienfuegos

Att.: 53,844

2001

Columbus Crew 2, Galaxy 0


Att.: 52,634

2002

Galaxy 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

Galaxy goals:
Carlos Ruiz 2

Att.: 55,234

2003

Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 2

Galaxy goals:
Carlos Ruiz, Alejandro Moreno

Att.: 27,000

2004

Galaxy 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

Galaxy goals:
Carlos Ruiz 2

Att.: 27,000

2005

Galaxy 1, New England Revolution 1

Galaxy goal:
Mike Enfield

Att.: 27,000

2006

Galaxy 1, New York Red Bulls 0

Galaxy goal:
Landon Donovan

Att.: 23,027

2007

Galaxy 2, Chicago Fire 0

Galaxy goals:
Landon Donovan 2

Att.: 24,333

2008

New England Revolution 2, Galaxy 1

Galaxy goals:
David Beckham

Att.: 27,000

2009

Galaxy 1, New England Revolution 0

Galaxy goal:
Alecko Eskandarian

Att.: 20,609

2010

Galaxy 3, Seattle Sounders 1

Galaxy goals:
Edson Buddle, Juninho, own goal James Riley

Att.: 27,000

2011

Galaxy 0, Seattle Sounders 0

Att.:
27,000

GALAXY RECORDS

Rose Bowl:
4-3-0 (8-6 GF-GA)

HDC: 5-1-3 (13-7 GF-GA)

Total: 9-4-3 (21-13 GF-GA)

ATTENDANCE

Rose Bowl:
390,207 (55,744 average)

HDC: 229,969 (25,552 average)

Total: 620,176 (37,761 average)