American soccer clubs pay tribute to Israel

During the half-time show, the field was draped with Israeli flags as the Israeli dance ensemble. The Sunflower Dancers put on a performance to the sound of “Hava Nagila.”

October 5, 2010 05:57
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Chivas USA cheerleaders with Israeli flags

311_MLS Israel game flags. (photo credit: Peter Halmagyi)


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Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA vs Los Angeles Galaxy mega-match on Sunday night was billed as “A Night to Honor Israel,” a gesture of support and friendship from Chivas USA for the State of Israel.

Aside from an exciting game, in which Galaxy beat Chivas 2-1, there was a strong and vibrant representation of the Israeli and Jewish communities from all around Los Angeles.

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“We are honored to be a part of another successful event with the athletic community and the Latino community. It is wonderful to see support for Israel stemming from the various cultural groups in the region,” said Consul-General of Israel Jacob Dayan.

“Thank you to Chivas USA for hosting this night and for being a great partner. We look forward to many more collaboration in the future.”

Prior to the start of the game, Consul-General Dayan presented the team captains of Chivas and Galaxy with the Israeli emblem, a sign of goodwill and friendship.

During the half-time show, the field was draped with Israeli flags as the Israeli dance ensemble. The Sunflower Dancers put on a performance to the sound of “Hava Nagila.”

The consulate hopes that this is the beginning of a flourishing relationship between Chivas USA and Israel, and the continuation of a long-lasting friendship with the Latino community.

In the match itself, David Beckham and Edson Buddle scored in the first half to propel the Galaxy to victory.

The Galaxy (16-6-5) used their third victory in four games to move back into first place in MLS’s Western Conference by two points over Real Salt Lake.

Alan Gordon scored for Chivas USA (7-15-4), which has lost three consecutive games and four of five.

Beckham’s goal was his first since September 9, 2009, against Toronto. The English star was making his second start and fourth appearance of the season after missing six months because of a torn left Achilles’ tendon. Eddie Lewis replaced Beckham in the 64th minute.

Buddle’s goal made him the first player in MLS history to score 40 goals for two different teams. Buddle scored 42 for Columbus from 2002 through 2006.

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