LA Galaxy will be facing off against legendary clubs from both sides of the Atlantic this Summer as part of the International Champions Cup. The Galaxy will welcome Mexico's Club America to Stubhub Center on July 11 for their opening match of the tournament before facing Spanish giants Barcelona at the Rose Bowl on July 21. Both matches will be televised on either Fox, Fox Sports 1, or Fox Sports 2.
Luckily for LA Galaxy season ticket holders, the match against Club America comes as a free bonus match, those fans will be able to take their same seats to see the action unfold. Single game tickets are also available on the Galaxy's website. Tickets for the match against Barcelona are not yet on sale.
This will be the second time in as many years that the Galaxy square off against a world football superpower in the Rose Bowl. Last year, they faced Manchester United and were beaten by a scoreline of 7-0 while fielding a squad mostly consisting of reserves and youngsters. This year will also mark the second time that the Galaxy have faced Barcelona, after the two sides played to a 2-1 Barcelona victory in August 2009. That match, in which David Beckham scored for LA, featured the largest attendance for a soccer match in the United States since the 1994 World Cup with 93,137 fans.
While Barcelona are into the semifinal round of the UEFA Champions League, LA Galaxy's other opponent are set to face the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League tomorrow evening. Club America are Mexico's most popular and successful club, playing their home matches at the national fortress that is the Estadio Azteca and winning countless (actually 12) league titles and regional honors.
Both matches are sure to feature an electric atmosphere, as top-billed international friendlies always seem to. Which match are you most excited for? Who do you expect to see on the field? How do you think the Galaxy should approach these matches? Let us know what you think by sounding off in the comments below.