Hey, someone has to pay those massive contracts to the likes of Steven Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos.
Today's attendance at the Rose Bowl is a massive 93.226 pic.twitter.com/mCiFVUU8im
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 22, 2015
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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— Pancho Villa's Army (@VillasArmy) July 20, 2015
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 13, 2015
I’ll let you decide who the last two are of after the jump.
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.
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.
— Rafael Ramos (@rafaramosESPN) July 17, 2015
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 18, 2015
Fantastic and a joy to watch. Glad I braved the LA traffic to be there https://t.co/soyyiYGK4s
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) July 18, 2015
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 18, 2015
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.
And I would love to hear what the Galaxy has to say about this.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 17, 2015
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) July 17, 2015
— Gold Cup 2015 (@GoldCup) July 17, 2015