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Video Highlights: Barcelona fans subsidize MLS as LA Galaxy lose another meaningless, expensive exhibition game

GerrardheaderOver their heads: Steven Gerrard needed the minutes Tuesday (Photo by Staff Photographer Keith Birmingham).

Can you hear Galaxy fans now: Thanks, Eurosnobs!

Hey, someone has to pay those massive contracts to the likes of Steven Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos.

Game story.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena put the exhibition game in perspective, observing that unlike last year’s crushing loss to Manchester United, “we are not embarrassed at all by our performance.”

“I think us playing our full team for 90 minutes doesn’t mean a thing and a win in these games as opposed to a loss is insignificant, I don’t think it matters,” he said. “Did you see us play Juventus two years ago? Were you standing up and shouting that our league is great because we won an exhibition against Juventus? It is an exhibition, relax. It is good for both teams. I think tonight was good for the fans, mission accomplished. We have a more important game on Saturday; we are trying to get our team ready for that.

The Galaxy play the Dynamo in Houston Saturday.

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Whittier artist-illustrator Dave Walston captures LA Galaxy players in caricature

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Whittier artist Dave Walston kindly allowed us to feature some of his excellent work here. Check out his website for more.

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I’ll let you decide who the last two are of after the jump.

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Video Preview: 2015 MLS All-Star Game features LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane against former club Tottenham Hotspur at 6 p.m. July 29 on Fox Sports 1

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Capital Cities will play a free concert in Denver Sunday ahead of the MLS All-Star Game the following Wednesday. The roster for that game was announced Saturday with Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Steven Gerrard (a Commissioner’s Pick along with NYCFC’s Frank Lampard, natch) representing the Galaxy.

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Video Highlights: Robbie Keane hits hat trick as rampant LA Galaxy overwhelm San Jose Earthquakes 5-2 at Stubhub Center as Steven Gerrard makes MLS debut

Galaxy's Steven Gerrard, left, celebrates his first MLS goal with Robbie Keane, right, against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard, left, celebrates his first MLS goal with Robbie Keane, right, against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

See more images from the game by Staff Photographer Steve McCrank here.

And this all improbably occurred as the Galaxy fell two goals behind in the opening 25 minutes. Staff Writer Chris Trevino has the game story.

Galaxy's Steven Gerrard celebrates his first MLS goal against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard celebrates his first MLS goal against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

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Surprise, surprise: Neymar and Messi Barcelona no-shows for Galaxy game Tuesday at Rose Bowl

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Staff Writer Jaime Cardenas has the details.

You could see this coming (or at least this soccer blogger/columnist did).

Now, the Galaxy will say they didn’t guarantee appearances by any player, the implication as the Galaxy ad for the game shows (we added the crosses) is those two massive stars will play.

Incidentally, wonder what this will do to the secondary market for tickets?

We received the following information from Seatgeek.com before Barcelona made the announcement:

Tickets to the July 21 match between the LA Galaxy and FC Barcelona are currently averaging $113 on the secondary market, making this the most expensive soccer match in Los Angeles since 2012.

The Galaxy’s most expensive regular season MLS game this year, against New York City FC, averaged $52 on the secondary market. That means that the average ticket price to the Galaxy-Barcelona match is more than double the price of the Galaxy’s most expensive non-exhibition game this season. In fact, the ICC match is almost triple the average ticket price to a regular season Galaxy match of $38.

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And I would love to hear what the Galaxy has to say about this.

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Weekend TV Video Preview: Steven Gerrard to make LA Galaxy MLS debut live at 8 p.m. on UniMas and more on Uni

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes of Hawthorne emerging as quality offensive threat for USMNT, while Steven Gerrard makes MLS debut Friday

GerrarddiffDifference maker: New Galaxy signing Steven Gerrard, seen here at an adidas event in Los Angeles, is expected to make his MLS debut Friday against San Jose in Carson (Photo courtesy adidas).

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