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LA Galaxy captain Gregg Berhalter with the challenge on Chivas USA's Juan Pablo Angel.
While Kasey Keller's contributions to football were being recognized up in Seattle, down at the Home Depot Center, it was Gregg Berhalter night. The defender announced this past week that he would also retire from the game and resume his obligations to Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy as an assistant manager.
Donning the captain's armband in place of Landon Donovan, Berhalter helped lead the Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA before another sellout crowd at Victoria Street. Chad Barrett, the hero in the first leg, was the hero again with the game-winner in the 53rd minute of play.
“It was emotional, it definitely was, just to think that this is my last regular season game in a Galaxy uniform," Berhalter said. "I had a lot of good times here, met a lot of nice people, my teammates are great, the coaching staff, the front office, everyone involved has been great. To know you’re closing an 18-year career is something emotional and I started to feel it, for sure.”
Of course, for the Galaxy, the job is far from done, as a must-win game against C.D. Motagua looms large for Los Angeles. A victory over the Tegucigalpa powerhouse in CONCACAF Champions League play will send them through to the knockout rounds.
Kickoff at Estadio Nacional in Tegus is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.
The Galaxy wrap up the MLS regular season on Sunday, Oct. 23 against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports West and Galavision.