Weekly Soccer Column: Guinness International Champions Cup at Dodger Stadium Preview

guinnessThe eight-team tournament started this past weekend and comes to Los Angeles this Saturday night with a doubleheader involving for of the participating teams.

For more, read today’s column.

It should be noted that tickets started at $25 (and there weren’t many at that price), but are considerably more expensive today.

Dodgers beat writer J.P. Hoonstra has more on the transformation of Dodger Stadium for soccer.

BTW, assistant Galaxy head coach Dave Sarachan always told me Monday that:

The club hopes Robbie Keane is fit enough to participate in one of these games in the tournament as he returns from injury.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena often complain about these kinds of friendlies (never mind that its the club who schedules them tomake extra money), but in this instance could do with a bit of a break so that key players like Robbie Keane and Robbie Rogers (hamstring) have a chance to recover from injuries:

“You can always justify it being good or not so good: the heat of summer, coming off  a grind, how (the tournament) is thrown in the middle of important upcoming games, but given the options I think it’s a good break in some ways for us from the league at this stage and getting some of our guys wo have been hurt back, the Robbies  and Omar (Gonzalez) and Landon (Donovan)…  I think all in all its pretty good.”

 

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