Ladies and gentlemen of the View and of Bleacher Report, I have some interesting news to tell you on this wonderful Tuesday. We now have a new combination that will take the slack off the Buddlevan Connection.
I like to call it...drumroll please...the BK Double.
Now, with all due respect to Burger King, I did not mean their sandwich (which is actually called the BucK Double, and yes, that's how the phrase is actually spelled). B stands for Buddle, but K stands for Kirovski.
As in Jovan Kirovski.
Edson Buddle scored his 14th goal of the season while Kirovski added a goal and an assist in LA's 3-1 rout of Columbus. The goal was Kirovski's fifth of the season.
Now there's a tasty combination for you.
“Obviously, Edson is not a surprise there and Jovan has played there a fair amount,” Arena said after Monday’s training session at the Home Depot Center. “We just felt in training Jovan was going to be the best choice for the week.
“Wherever we play Jovan he brings us experience, a brain on the field. My analysis of our team is we needed that. We’ve needed smarter players on the field, and Jovan brings us that. We know that he’s probably not going to win a lot of foot races, but to have another smart player on the field who understands what needs to be done each and every game is critical.”
Kirovski had noteworthy praise when asked about Buddle's work ethic.
“He’s good on the ball, he’s clever, and both of us have pretty good size,” Kirovski said after the training session. “It’s great when we get the ball wide and we both get in the box.
“Bruce knows what he’s going to get out of us. It worked out well.”
Meanwhile, Buddle cited experience as a factor for Jovan's impression on the team's success.
“He’s confident on the ball,” Buddle said after training. “When I have the ball, I know I can play him the ball in any position, whether he’s open or in tight space, I know he can handle himself well, and that gives a player like myself a lot of confidence.
“He’s played a lot of games and he’s not intimidated by anyone. One of our strengths as a team is we feel confident with whoever is on the field. We’ll see, but things can change.”
The Galaxy take on D.C. United on September 18, 2010. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT and can be seen on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español.
Ins and Outs
Lucky 13 for Dema
Dema Kovalenko became the 13th Galaxy player to score this season in LA's 3-1 victory while becoming the second to score under the No. 21 jersey. Thus, only six field players and the three goalkeepers have not scored a goal for LA in an MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, or Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game, or one of the club’s four international friendlies (better step it up, the rest of you...Birchall?).
The goal was also Kovalenko's first in the regular season since May 31, 2008, when he was playing under the red, blue and gold of Real Salt Lake.
On the verge of more superlative for the American Pele
With his league-leading 14th of the season, Edson Buddle is now one goal away from tying his personal best of 15 goals set in 2008 and one away from becoming the first in Major League Soccer history to score 40 goals with two teams.
Buddle scored 42 goals in 106 matches for the Crew from 2001-2005. His 87 goals are eighth-most in league history, behind Roy Lassiter, who is seventh with 88.
On the next exciting episode of "The Provider..."
Landon Donovan extended his lead over the Philadelphia Union's Sebastian Le Toux with 14 assists on the campaign, breaking his old career high of 13 assists in 2007. Furthermore, Donovan ties Martin Machon for second-most in a single season. Machon tallied his 14 assists during the 1999 MLS season.
The club record for most assists in a season is currently held by Mauricio Cienfuegos, who set the record in 1999. Donovan is currently third on the all-time club assists category with 60, behind assistant coach Cobi Jones (91 assists) and Cienfuegos (80 assists).
Welcome back, Marshall
After five months on loan to the Austin Aztex of the USSF Division 2 Pro League, defender Yohance Marshall returns to the club. Marshall appeared in 24 matches for Austin, tallying three goals en route to the second-best record in the league and their first-ever postseason berth.
Marshall was signed by the Galaxy as an undrafted free agent in March 2009 after playing four years at the University of South Florida. He has not appeared in a regular season game for the club, but he did appear in a U.S. Open Cup Play-In Game against the Colorado Rapids in April 2009.
Two yet to gain some time
Marshall is one of two players that has yet to see playing time as a member of the Galaxy. The other player is backup goalkeeper Brian Perk, who was claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Union in early August.
Don't be surprised if you get to see those two in the regular season finale against FC Dallas. That is, if the race for the Supporter's Shield is no longer in the air and the G's end up on top of it all...
Here's to you, Jaime Moreno
With the retirement of the all-time leading goal scorer in MLS history, the Los Angeles Galaxy will honor D.C. United's very own Jaime Moreno in a pregame presentation before kickoff on Saturday at Victoria Street.
The 1997 MLS Golden Boot award winner, Moreno was also named to the MLS Best XI four times, seven MLS All-Star teams and was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI in 2005. Moreno was also a member of all of D.C.'s sides that won 12 major domestic and international championships.