For the second consecutive year the Galaxy will face Armenian club FC Shirak in a pre-season game in Carson.
Last year’s game drew a crowd of more than 12,000 with many from Southern California’s large Armenian community; the Galaxy won 2-1.
Tickets details for the 7 p.m. Jan. 30 game have yet to be announced.
Here’s more on FC Shirak:
Under head coach Vardan Bichakhchyan, Shirak are currently in third place (3-1-3, 21 points) through the first half of the 2015-16 Armenian Premier League season. They are led in goals by Armenian Davit Hakobyan and Ivorian Konan Odilon, who have each scored four goals during the campaign. Shirak, who won the 2013 Armenian Super Cup and reached the Second qualifying round of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, will appear in Los Angeles ahead of the start of the second half of their season, which is scheduled to being in early March.
Galaxy spokesman Brendan Hannan dismissed the criticism in a brief email:
“It was a one-off ticket sales partnership with the Air Force,” he wrote. “Similar to any partnership with any business. … The Air Force is a business. They are in the business of recruiting talent and they pay for advertisements for that exposure.”
It was unclear why Hannan didn’t appear to see the distinction between a private business and a taxpayer-funded government agency. He said the club would not be donating the money to veteran’s groups as McCain suggested.
He declined to add more in an off the record telephone conversation, but did go out of his way to note that:
“We invite a member of the military to attend each home game and provide them with four (4) tickets, a jersey, dinner, goodie bag, and on field recognition for their service. We have never received funds from any outside source for this recognition program.”
The Los Dos friendly kicks off at 4:45 p.m. with the main event following at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.
From the Galaxy press release:
LA Galaxy II will face Sacramento after earning a 1-0 road victory in the USL Western Conference Quarterfinal match over defending USL champions in September during the 2015 USL Playoffs. Los Dos have now won in two-straight matches against their Northern California rivals, also recording a dominant 4-0 win behind goals from Jack McBean, Ariel Lassiter, Jaime Villarreal and Andre Auras during the 2015 USL Regular Season.
In the club’s second season, LA Galaxy II won the 2015 USL Western Conference Championship with a victory over OKC Energy FC in October to advance to the team’s first ever appearance in the USL Championship.
Steven Gerrard’s first MLS season ended with a flop in a 3-2 loss to Seattle, and since the Galaxy bounced out of the playoffs, the 35-year-old midfielder’s name has been linked to his old club Liverpool.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp denied a potential coaching position for Gerrard with Liverpool, telling the Guardian he has talked with Gerrard, but that only training is on the table.
“He is a legend,” Klopp said. “If he’s in Liverpool and wants to train ahead of next season in L.A. that’s absolutely no problem. Nothing else.” Continue reading →
The Galaxy season officially ended Wednesday night, and it was the first time since 2008 that L.A. failed to reach the conference semifinals.
“In seven years, to be out this early, it’s disappointing,” Omar Gonzalez said. “It feels different. We wanted more. But we put ourselves in this situation. We didn’t finish out the year the way we wanted to.” Continue reading →
I want to preface this by writing that I, like Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos and Donovan Ricketts, was a midseason addition to the Galaxy. I took over the Galaxy/soccer beat in August and since then, I’ve been frantically trying to learn as much about this team as possible. There’s still much for me to learn.
I can’t wrap up the entire season, because to be honest, when this season started, I was still in college. But here are some of the things that stood out to me as the season came to a close: Continue reading →