Galaxy to host Boca Juniors of Argentina

Tickets on sale now to see Riquelme, Palermo and the rest of the 23-time Argentine Champion in

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The LA
Galaxy announced today that the club will host Club Atlético Boca Juniors, one
of the world’s most recognizable clubs, in an international friendly on Sunday,
May 23 at The Home Depot Center. The Argentine giants’ honors comprise of 23
Primera División de Argentina domestic championships and 18 international
trophies, a record which is equaled only by A.C. Milan and includes six Copa
Libertadores titles.

The game will kick-off at 5 p.m. and
Galaxy full Season Ticket Holders will be able to use their Bonus Game B tickets
for the match. Additionally, there will be a special pre-sale for all full
season ticket holders beginning on Wednesday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets will
then go on sale to the general public starting on Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m.
with tickets starting at just $20 by calling 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or by
visiting www.lagalaxy.com and at all Ticketmaster
locations.

“We are very excited to be hosting
Argentina’s Boca Juniors, who are one
of the most prestigious clubs in the world with an incredible tradition of
winning championships,” said LA Galaxy President of Business Operations Tom
Payne. “It is a thrilling game for our fans and one that will feature
Argentina’s Riquelme and
Palermo, and
continues our commitment to provide our fans the chance to see the Galaxy face
off against some of the best international
competition.”

Boca Juniors’ roster always includes
some of the best players in Argentina and South America and this season is no
exception with the likes of midfielders Juan Román Riquelme and Sebastián
Battaglia and forwards Martín Palermo and Nicolás Gaitán of Argentina,
midfielder Gary Medel of Chile and defender Claudio Morel of Paraguay leading an
attack that is currently third in the Primera División in goals scored.

Riquelme, who made his professional
debut with Boca Juniors at the age of 18, has long been considered one of the
best footballers of his generation. In 1997, he captained Argentina to the FIFA U-20 World Cup
championship, setting off an international career that includes three World
Cups, a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and six years in Spain’s
La Liga, where during the 2005/06 season he helped Villarreal reached the UEFA
Champions League semifinals. Riquelme returned to Boca Juniors in 2008 and
promptly captained the squad to that year’s Apertura
title.

Known for being a club that plays an
attractive style of soccer, Boca Juniors have helped to produce some of the
greatest players in the history of Argentine soccer, including Diego Maradona,
Carlos Tevez, Riquelme and many more. Their game against the Galaxy – the first
ever meeting between the two sides – is the first of their U.S. Tour, details of
which will be announced shortly.

The Boca Juniors USA Tour is being
organized by the Professional Soccer Network. The Los Angeles-based PSN is a
sports management company that specializes in producing soccer matches with
National Teams and professional soccer clubs in 20 countries. They also manage
talent in the sports agency side of their business, with players in MLS and
across the globe.

This weekend, a new chapter in
Galaxy history will be written when the club hosts the Philadelphia Union for
the first time in club history on Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at The Home Depot
Center. The Union, Major League Soccer’s newest
club, features ex-Galaxy players Danny Califf, Stefani Miglioranzi and Alejandro
Moreno. Tickets for the game against the Union
and all other Galaxy games, including the one against Boca Juniors, can be
purchased by visiting www.lagalaxy.com or calling 1-877-3GALAXY
(342-5299).