Galaxy to host Boca Juniors at HDC

Storied Argentine club adds to growing list of friendlies

Add Argentina’s most storied club to the growing list of high-profile
international friendlies coming to MLS stadiums league-wide in the near future.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Tuesday that the club will
host an international exhibition against Club Atlético Boca Juniors at the Home Depot
Center on May 23.

The
Argentine giants’ honors comprise 23 Primera División de Argentina domestic
championships and 18 international trophies, a record which is equaled only by
AC Milan and includes six Copa Libertadores titles.

“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 in a statement. “It is a thrilling game for our fans and one
that will feature Argentina’s
[Juan Román] Riquelme and [Martín] Palermo,
and continues our commitment to provide our fans the chance to see the Galaxy
face off against some of the best international competition.”

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 Tévez, Riquelme and
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 announcement comes on the heels of a flurry of international exhibition
news involving some of the world’s most prominent clubs playing on American
soil this summer. Already booked in East Coast and Midwest markets are clubs
like AC Milan, Manchester City, Juventus and Paris St. Germain, but the Boca
Juniors announcement is the first this year Los Angeles.

EPL
side Tottenham Hotspur are also booked to play the San Jose Earthquakes.