Monday, May 24, 2010

Galaxy to Host Champions League Winners Inter Milan on August 7

The LA Galaxy announced today that the club will host newly crowned European champions Inter Milan in an international friendly at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, August 7. This is the second consecutive season in which the Galaxy will host the reigning UEFA Champions League winners. In August 2009, the club fell 2-1 to FC Barcelona in front of 93,137 fans at the Rose Bowl.

The match against the Nerazzuri (the black and blues) will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. and is included in all Galaxy full season ticket plans as Bonus Game C. A special ticket pre-sale for all full season ticket holders is underway now, with a ticket package pre-sale for all fans beginning this Thursday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at a future date, with tickets starting at just $50.

“We have always said that it is our ambition to give our fans exciting games that further enhance the experience of being an LA Galaxy fan and bringing the champions of Europe to The Home Depot Center certainly fits that vision,” Galaxy President of Business Operations Tom Payne said. “This is the second consecutive season in which we have brought the Champions League winners to Southern California and just like last year, we are anticipating another unbelievable evening for our team and our fans.”

Inter, who have won each of the last five Serie A titles, are one of the world’s most popular and accomplished clubs. They are coming off the most successful season in club history, capturing both the Serie A and Coppa Italia championships. On Saturday, they completed the treble, becoming just the sixth team in European history to accomplish the feat, by defeating Bayern Munich 2-0 at the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid.

Inter Milan will travel to Los Angeles with their complete squad of stars, which currently includes many World Cup-bound superstars such as Argentina’s Diego Milito, who scored both Inter goals in Saturday’s Champions League Final, and Walter Samuel, Brazil’s Julio Cesar, Lucio and Maicon, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Ghana’s Sulley Muntari, Holland’s Wesley Sneijder, David Suazo of Honduras and Serbia’s Dejan Stankovic. They also feature 2006 FIFA World Cup winner Marco Materazzi, former Italian international goalkeeper Fracesco Toldo, Argentina internationals Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti, the current Inter captain, as well as a host of additional international stars.

The match against Inter will be the Galaxy’s third international friendly played The Home Depot Center this year. They played to a 0-0 draw with CD Aguila of El Salvador on March 21 and defeated Boca Juniors of Argentina 1-0 on Sunday evening. LA also defeated Puntarenas FC of Costa Rica 1-0 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. on March 10.

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