Notable: Whitney Engen’s goal meant exactly half the USWNT goals were scored by Palos Verdes Peninsla Products; she grew up in Rolling Hills Estates, Christen Press was raised in neighboring Palos Verdes Estates.
Mexican star Giovani Dos Santos will be introduced to fans and the media at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a press conference from the club’s plush Stadium Club that will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.
The press conference follows the former English Premier League player’s first practice session with the club.
Dos Santos “will be available for selection” Thursday for the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign opener against Central FC of Trinidad & Tobago, Galaxy officials said today
Think Steven Gerrard had a great MLS debut for the Galaxy the other week? Then check out the second half eight-goal explosion that occurred when former Juventus midfielder played his first game Sunday for NYCFC:
As for the Galaxy, LA lost on the road 3-0 to Houston. It’s now about 10 months since the Galaxy won away from home if I recall correctly. And no, you don’t want to see highlights.
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.
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.