LA Galaxy to honor club legends at tonight’s game

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L.A. logo at the David Beckham/LA Galaxy press conference at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Friday, July 13, 2007. Photo by Michael Janosz for ISI.

During Legends Night tonight, the LA Galaxy will honor multiple legends during their game against the Montreal Impact at StubHub Center.

Former LA Galaxy players, Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Carlos Ruiz, Pete Vagenas, and Clint Mathis will be recognized at halftime of the contest, which starts at 7:30 PM PT. It will be broadcast live on Spectrum SportsNet.

Three LA Galaxy Season Ticket Members will also receive recognition during the game. Tom Schoeny, Joanie Schoeny, and David Hoy have had memberships since the team’s first match in 1996 and will be celebrated for their loyalty. Ron Hirt, another seasoned member, will perform the opening coin toss before the game.

Landon Donovan is the number one leader in goals and assists for MLS and the LA Galaxy. He played a vital role in leading LA to four of the club’s record five MLS Cup titles in 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2014. He retired in 2014, but made another appearance with the Galaxy for the second half of last season.

Cobi Jones is the LA Galaxy’s top player in terms of games played, games started and minutes. He was with the club from the team’s first season in 1996 to 2007, winning two MLS cups in 2002 and 2005 and two U.S. Open Cup trophies in 2001 and 2005. He is currently still with the Galaxy, but as the lead analyst on Spectrum SportsNet.

Carlos Ruiz made over 60 goals for the Galaxy in three seasons (2002-2004) and helped the club achieve its first MLS Cup in 2002. He scored 24 goals during the MLS Regular Season, becoming the LA Galaxy player to score the most goals during a season. He also scored the goal in the 113th minute of a 1-0 victory against the New England Revolution in the 2002 MLS Cup, leading the club to victory.

Pete Vagenas, the current General Manager of the LA Galaxy, is a former player for the club. He was a midfielder for the Galaxy for nine of this 13 years in MLS and was a part of the team during the club’s 2002 and 2005 MLS Cup championships. He started in 164 of 183 regular season games and made 14 goals with 25 assists. He was appointed club captain at the start of the 2005 season and led the Galaxy to MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup wins.

Last but not least, Clint Mathis, the current studio anayst for Spectrum SportsNet, is a former player who was with the club from 1998 to 2000 and is notable for making over 60 appearances with 15 goals. He made

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