The Galaxy will face ex-Coach Frank Yallop and expansion team the San Jose Earthquakes in their Thursday, April 3 home opener, the team announced today.
Also, Chivas USA said today they will open their 15-game home season (there are 30 regular season games in total next year) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 against Real Salt Lake.
As noted Tuesday, both Home Depot Center-based teams open their MLS schedules the weekend before on the road, the Galaxy facing the Colorado Rapids at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 and Chivas USA playing at noon Sunday, March 30 in Dallas.
Unusually, there are two Thursday night games April 3, but reliable sources tell me it is the David Beckham-led Galaxy that wll see their game nationally televised on ESPN2. The full broadcast schedule is not yet finalized.
As the Galaxy press release observes, the Galaxy game against the Earthquakes marks the resurrection of a fierce intrastate rivalry that ended two years ago when the previous incarnation of the ‘Quakes moved to Houston and became the Dynamo.
From the (edited) Galaxy press release:
In their past 12 season openers, LA has a record of 6-4-2 including a 0-0 draw with the MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium last season. Despite a 2-1 loss to FC Dallas last season, the Galaxy are even better in their first 12 home openers, compiling an 8-4-0 record, including a 1-1-0 mark against San Jose.
Fans looking to attend the Galaxys home opener on April 3 against San Jose can purchase the LA Galaxy Holiday pack which, for as little as $88, gets you four tickets to the game, two Galaxy scarves, two tickets to an LA Riptide game and a holiday card courtesy of the Galaxy.
Chivas USA beat Real Salt Lake all three times the teams met last season by a combined score of 8-2.
The Chivas USA press release has yet to hit my e-mail inbox, but I’m sure the team will have ticket deals, too.