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Saturday, September 10, 2011
GALAXY: Another trip Down Under

By Scott French

The Galaxy officially set its postseason plans Friday night, becoming the first Major League Soccer club to clinch a playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over reigning MLS Cup champion Colorado.


Now they've finalized their post-postseason plans: another trip to Australia.

The Galaxy will face the Melbourne Victory on Dec. 6 in Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, their third end-of-season trip to Australia and fourth to the region in five years, all since David Beckham's arrival.

The Victory's roster includes Harry Kewell, one of the greatest of Australian players (and a former teammate of Galaxy forward Robbie Keane's at Leeds United and Liverpool), and former D.C. United forward Danny Allsopp.

The Galaxy's history in Australia and New Zealand:

2007
Sydney FC 5, Galaxy 3 (Telstra Stadium, Sydney; Att.: 80,295
Galaxy 4, Wellington Phoenix 1 (Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand; Att.: 31,853)

2008
Galaxy 3, Oceania All-Stars 0 (Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand; Att.: 16,600)

2010
Newcastle Jets 2, Galaxy 1 (EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle, Australia; Att.: 23,317)