The Galaxy will face England’s most storied club, Manchester United, at 7:30 p.m. July 23 at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl for the first time ever in the club’s inaugural game of its U.S. tour, the club’s announced today.
“The club has been visiting Los Angeles since 1950 and this match provides a great opportunity for us to engage with our fans in this region,” said Manchester United Group Managing Director Richard Arnold. “The popularity of soccer in the US continues to strengthen and Major League Soccer and LA Galaxy have been fundamental to this.”
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. April 22.
United last visited the LA area in 2003 (was it really that long ago?) when two goals by Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan and another by Ruud van Nistelrooy was enough to see off Club America 3-1 at the Coliseum.
The club will also play Roma July 26 in Denver, Inter Milan July 29 in Washington D.C. and Real Madrid Aug. 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Galaxy haven’t played at their old home since 2010 when they played Real Madrid.
Last Sunday’s Manchester-United clash was the fifth most-watched EPL game ever on cable, according to NBCSN.
The sports network announced that an average of 779,000 viewers watched Liverpool dismantle once-mighty United 3-0.
NBCSN has had four of the top five most-watched EPL games in cable history in the two years since it began broadcasting.
The game was part of a doubleheader with the north London Arsenal-Spurs derby and an average of 725,000 viewers watched both games, making it the top-viewed cable doubleheader in EPL history.
To put all these figures in perspective, consider that the 37 MLS games on NBCSN in 2013 averaged a puny 112,000 viewers, according to Wikipedia.
And, just to get you ready early for the upcoming slate of games this coming weekend in the EPL, which includes a match between first-place Chelsea and third-place-Arsenal Saturday, check out the comprehensive, stat-packed preview to all the games here.
The pick of the EPL games this weekend are both on Sunday, making for an engrossing morning doubleheader on NBCSN: at 6:30 a.m. its Manchester United-Liverpool and at 9 a.m. it’s the north London derby between Spurs and Arsenal.
The Galaxy play their first preseason game at 6 p.m. Saturday at StubHub Center against reigning Armenian champions FC Shirak. Tickets start t $17, while parking is free. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Deportes.
The indoor Ontario Fury wrap up their season Sunday against the Las Vegas Legends.
If the EPL is your thing, note that fourth-place Liverpool hosts first-place Arsenal at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on the USA Network because the Winter Olympics is hogging the airtime over at NBCSN. Click here to find your EPL game this weekend. And click here for a comprehensive preview of all the weekend games.
You don’t want to go to the mall this weekend. Trust me.
Stay inside and watch Cardiff City-Liverpool (live at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN) and see if striker Luis Suarez is worth $400,000 (or thereabouts) a week or Fulham-Manchester City (live at 7 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN).
Of course, the game of the “weekend” is undoubtedly Arsenal-Chelsea (live at noon Monday on NBCSN).
A full preview of all the Barclay Premier League games is here.
It’s been a busy day for soccer news. Here’s what else has fallen through the cracks lately:
The Galaxy’s open house from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday is all about selling fans a season ticket, but there’s lots of cool, free stuff going on, too, including a town hall meeting with Galaxy exec Chris Klein and playmaker Landon Donovan, on field coaching clinics and stadium tours. Full details here.
Former AEG president Tim Leiweke, now trying to resurrect Toronto, has returned to his old stomping grounds and scooped up Galaxy Academy U-14 coach Greg Vanney as assistant general manager and Academy defender, replacing former Chivas USA coach Thomas Rongen in that post.
U.S. Soccer is asking fans to vote on the best male and female players for the all-time U.S. teams. Details here.
There’s some big games in the EPL this weekend with the pick of them seeing league leaders Arsenal visiting Manchester City (4 a.m. NBCSN). A complete preview is here.
UniMás’ broadcast of MLS Cup outdrew ESPN by 14 percent, drawing 514,000 total viewers.
College seniors with local ties invited to the annual MLS Combine as announced today are UCLA’s Victor Chavez from Fontana and his Bruin teammate midfielder Victor Munoz, who is from Spain.
Former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra is a guest at 12:30 p.m. Friday on Fox Soccer Daily (Fox Sports 1). He will break down the U.S. World Cup draw with former U.S. forwards Brian McBride and Cobi Jones.
The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton gets the weekend’s games under way at 4:45 a.m. on NBCSN (ulp), title contenders Arsenal face Southampton at 7 a.m., while at 9:30 a.m. on NBC it’s West ham united taking on Chelsea.
At 5:30 a.m. Sunday it’s Manchester City-Spurs, while Cardiff City-Manchester United follows at 7 a.m. Both games are on NBCSN.