LOS ANGELES—The LA Galaxy will be playing for a chance to finish third in the Guinness International Champions Cup against either Chelsea or A.C. Milan.
Originally, the tournament had stated that the winner of the Galaxy’s match would be playing in the fifth place game; however, the rules as noted on the bottom of the Guinness International Championship Cup site are as follows:
* POSITION IN CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND DETERMINED BY PLACE IN BRACKET:
1. 2ND AND 3RD SEEDS IN CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND DETERMINED BY BRACKET SEEDING
2. ALL MATCHES TIED AT THE END OF REGULATION DECIDED BY PENALTY KICKS
3. 2 POINTS FOR WIN, 1 POINT FOR PK LOSS, 0 POINTS FOR REGULATION LOSS
4. TIEBREAKERS a- Head to head, b- Goal differential, c- Goals for, d- Goals against
Taking those rules into account, the Galaxy advanced on goal differential of zero while Everton and Juventus had a goal differential of minus one. Therefore, the Galaxy moved up from the fifth place game on Tuesday to the third place on Wednesday.
What does all this mean? Well, the Galaxy are planning to take off for Miami on Sunday morning, so it does not change the team’s travel plans, but it will cause them to play a day later than expected.