LA Galaxy to play Manchester United at Rose Bowl


CARSON,CALIFORNIA (BDCi) — The LA Galaxy in conjunction with Manchester United and Relevant Sports, announced on Tuesday that the LA Galaxy will play Manchester United in what will be the first encounter between the two clubs at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Wednesday July 23 at 7:30 p.m. P.T.

“We are excited to take on Manchester United at the Rose Bowl this summer,” said LA Galaxy president Chris Klein. “We look forward to playing a storied club at a storied venue. As the top club in North America it is important for us to play big games and bring big events to the city of Los Angeles.”

Led by Scottish manager David Moyes, Manchester United is one of the world’s most recognized clubs due to their success in England and in European competition. United has amassed 20 English First Division titles, a record 11 FA Cup titles, four Football League Cups, three European Cups, one UEFA SuperCup and one FIFA World Cup.

“Playing LA Galaxy at the world famous Rose Bowl Stadium will be an important part of the team’s preparations for the 2014/15 football season. The club has been visiting Los Angeles since 1950 and this match provides a great opportunity for us to engage with our fans in this region,” said Manchester United Group Managing Director Richard Arnold. “The popularity of soccer in the US continues to strengthen and Major League Soccer and LA Galaxy have been fundamental to this. Our previous matches against MLS competition have proved popular with fans and players alike, and we are delighted to be returning to the US.”

United will visit the Unites State this summer as part of their 2014 preseason tour ahead of their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign. United currently boasts more than a dozen players who could be on international squads in this summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil including Mexican National Team star Javier Hernandez, England international Wayne Rooney, the Netherlands striker Robin van Persie, Spanish international Juan Mata, Belgian midfielder Maroune Fellani and Japan’s Shinji Kagawa.

The LA Galaxy last played at the Rose Bowl in 2010 in a match against Spanish side Real Madrid. The two sides played in front of more than 89,000 fans with the Galaxy jumping out to a 2-0 halftime lead behind goals from Todd Dunivant and Landon Donovan before Madrid roared back to earn a thrilling 3-2 victory.