No matter the competition or what what is in stake, MLS vs. Liga MX matches are always intriguing. On Tuesday, the LA Galaxy host their second exhibition match of the 2016 preseason as they take on Xolos de Tijuana.
Having already played FC Shirak and Toronto FC in a closed-door scrimmage, the Galaxy continue their preparation ahead of their February 24 match against Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
Xolos are fives games into the Liga MX season and currently sit 12th in the table. While consistency has evaded them, led by former Mexico national team manager Miguel Herrera, the team has shown to be far and away a better side than last season.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena admitted it will be touch to take away the edge off Xolos but reminded everyone it is just preseason.
"First off all it's an exhibition game," he said. "Result's don't really matter. It's another game to get us ready as we get closer to the Champions League and the regular season."
Tuesday's match also promises to feature new signings Jelle Van Damme and Ashley Cole in some capacity after both were presented last week.
Finally, former LA Galaxy midfielder and three-time MLS Cup champion Juninho will make his first return to the StubHub Center after joining Xolos in December.
Key Galaxy player -- Ashley Cole
They say first impressions matter. It's premature to say what Ashley Cole can do for Galaxy's season, though, with the problems the team faced last campaign, they might just found one of their guys. Cole spoke of winning fans over in his presentation, and this is where it starts.
Key Xolos player -- Juninho
It took some time for Juninho to win Miguel Herrera's trust, but now the Brazilian looks to have wrapped up a starting spot in the midfield. Tireless as ever, Juninho's work largely consists of chasing the midfield and teeing attackers up. None of us should be remotely surprised by his talent and it will certainly be bittersweet for Galaxy fans as he makes his return to Stubhub Center.
Match date/time: Tuesday, 7 p.m. PST
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Online: : LA Galaxy YouTube Channel