Later this month, on July 23rd to be exact, the LA Galaxy will host a friendly against Manchester United at the Rose Bowl. The event has been branded the Chevrolet FC Cup and will be the first time United wears their Chevrolet sponsored shirts in competitive play. It also serves as a warmup for United who will then participate in the International Champions Cup.
While certainly AEG is getting some benefit from the deal, it looks to an outsider like the Galaxy are caught fulfilling the desires of several different corporate interests.
Parking at the Rose Bowl will start at $30, with tickets starting around $50. The Galaxy play on Wednesday the week before, travel to Kansas City for a match the weekend before, then have to travel to Seattle to play the Sounders on week's end.
How many starters should fans expect to be called on to take on the red devils? Certainly the risk for injury is high playing four matches in one and a half weeks. If Bruce Arena does use more of an LA Galaxy II squad against United, how do they stand a chance against a roster heavy on World Cup players?
LA managed to get out of the summer friendly racket this year with just the one against United and not a whole International Champions Cup as was asked of them last season. Hopefully we're starting to move in a direction where MLS clubs are venue hosts for international teams warming up for their seasons and not active participants.