Following Friday's training sessions, both FC Barcelona and the LA Galaxy are ready for Saturday's international friendly at the Rose Bowl. Even though kickoff is not until 8 p.m., fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic and/or delays getting into the stadium.
The big news out the Galaxy camp was the return of David Beckham and Landon Donovan to training. David returned to the field after working out inside by himself on Thursday. Landon rejoined the squad after having participated in Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium.
With both back on the field, Landon told MLSnet.com's Larry Morgan that the club's goal for Saturday is to put on a good show for the fans.
"The reality is, should we expect to beat Barcelona? No. But we want to play well. Soccer is a funny game; if we play well and put in a good effort we have a chance to compete with them, and that's all we need," Landon said. "It will be a fun night."
Barcelona trained twice, at UCLA in the morning and then in the evening at the Rose Bowl, in front of LA Galaxy season ticket holders.
As you can see from the picture below, despite the short notice, a lot of people came out to see Barca do some light drills.
The fans enjoyed the opportunity to witness some of the best players in the world up close and had a lot of fun.
Some were more close than others, like the children that created a human tunnel for the players to enter the field through.
A special thank you goes out to LA Galaxy photographer German Alegria for providing us with these photos from Barcelona's evening training session.
Ticket booths and will call at the Rose Bowl will open tomorrow at 10 a.m. Be sure to arrive early and avoid the traffic.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Posted by LA Galaxy at 12:07 AM