Greetings from Manchester
While the first team off this Easter weekend, the Galaxy's Youth Academy
teams are taking part in a once in a lifetime experience. The Academy teams
arrived in England
today, beginning a 10-day training stay for the club, during which the will
playing four games and attending two others. Needless to say, they will get a
complete taste of footballing culture in this nation.
The boys, as well as the coaches and staff, flew from LAX to London Heathrow over night on Friday, landing in the
capital city around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. But London was not calling
quite yet as we jumped straight onto the team bus for the multi-hour drive
north to Manchester, a journey that was made nearly an hour longer when
maintenance was required on one of the side view mirrors.
On the bus, the entire travelling party got a small taste of
just how soccer-crazy this country is as we were able to listen to the live
radio broadcast (and nearly hour-long pregame show) of the all-important
Chelsea-Manchester United battle at Old Trafford.
The real work kicks off on Sunday morning when the teams
make their way to Everton's training ground at Finch Farm for a training
session that will be run by some of the Everton academy coaches. After
training, lunch and a tour of the complex, the teams will jump back onto the
bus and head over to Goodison
Park for Everton's
Premier League encounter with West Ham United.
Games against the Academy teams from Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City,
Ipswich Town and West Ham will follow over the
coming days, as will a trip to Wembley for the FA Cup semifinal between Chelsea
and Aston Villa.
It will be a trip that the kids, and those of us who are
lucky enough to tag along will never forget. And we will bring you all of the
inside stories throughout the trip.
We'll have video and audio interviews, photos of everywhere
we go and of course a series of written articles, all of which will be able to
be found on the all new lagalaxy.com.