The LA Galaxy announced today the club will play an international friendly against FC Barcelona, one of the world’s most popular and successful clubs – and the current UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey finalists – on Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m. at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Tickets to see the Spanish giant, whose honors include 18 La Liga trophies, a record-setting 24 Copa del Rey championships and two UEFA Champions League titles, will go on sale to the general public in the coming weeks.
This international match will be included in the Galaxy full season seat plan as Bonus Game Four (4).
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play one of the best clubs in the world, FC Barcelona. It is not often that you are able to take on a Champions League Finalist,” said Galaxy President of Business Operations Tom Payne. “This summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for Galaxy fans with AC Milan and Barcelona coming to Los Angeles, in addition to our continued quest for a third MLS Cup championship.”
With The Home Depot Center unavailable for this game as a result of the X Games, the Galaxy will be returning to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2002. During the club’s seven years at the iconic Pasadena venue, the Galaxy boasted an impressive 72-27-8 home record.
“We are looking forward to returning to our first home at the Rose Bowl, a world class venue which will forever hold a special place in our club’s history,” added Payne.
FC Barcelona, whose heralded roster of international superstars currently includes Lionel Messi, Rafa Marquez, Xavi, Carles Puyol, Thierry Henry and Andres Iniesta – who scored the goal that propelled Barca into the Champions League Final – will look to secure its third UEFA Champions League crown on Wednesday, May 27 against Manchester United, at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
Barca is in the midst of one of their best campaigns in recent history, and are in position to win all three of their major tournaments: Spain’s La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey. After defeating Real Madrid 6-2 in La Liga’s Clasico this past weekend, Barcelona is at the top of its league’s standings with 85 points, and within range of conquering their 19th domestic title. The club also advanced to the final of the prestigious Copa del Rey, where they will face Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, May 13.
Friday, May 8, 2009
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