Galaxy in Puerto Rico: Day 2
In the baseball loving island of Puerto
is no doubt which sport is king-- and it's the one that invovles a bat and a pelota,
word for ball. But even a broken clock is right twice a day and even soccer can get front page coverage here in Puerto
Beisbol is as much of a national pastime here as baseball is in the United States. However, there seems to be a case of soccer fever spreading through the island-- and, for better or worse, the LA Galaxy is the reason for it.
Wednesday's game between the Galaxy and the Puerto
in the closing game of the Champions' League preliminary round series
the two is expected to be a sell out, as well as get covered by every local TV station and every newspaper in town.
It could be that come Thursday morning, soccer, and not baseball, is on the front page of a newspaper here in Puerto
The game is already the talk of the town, the club found that out the moment it arrived to the hotel and a hotel employee told them the game had sold out the day after the Islanders defeated the Galaxy, 4-1, last week in Los Angeles.
"Everybody wants to be there (in the stadium) to see the Islanders (beat the Galaxy)," the employee said. "They want to celebrate."
The hotel employee wasn't the only one talking.
Screen grab of article about Galaxy arriving at Puerto
Airport;Headline reads: The Galaxy of Los Angeles is out for revenge in Puerto
show the world that Estadio Loubriel in (the city of) Bayamon ("La Islandera") is a cemetery for giant clubs, wrote one fan in the comments section on a Primera
about the Galaxy arriving to Puerto
start digging a hole and making a headstone that reads "'RIP LA Galaxy.'"
"We understand that for Puerto
is the biggest game they've had here, maybe, ever," LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan told the Puerto Rican media at the team hotel on Tuesday. "We understand how important it is for them (and) it's good (for the sport) to have people here so passionate."
But is it good for the Galaxy, who need to win by four goals or more in order to surpass
Puerto Rico in
the aggregate score and advance in the tournament?
could also advance under other scenarios, like if it wins 4-1 and forces the game to go into extra
both tams would have the same amount of goals and away goal in the aggregate
The game, which kicks off at 5 p.m., will be televised live to a national audience on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision and can also be heard in Spanish on ESPN Deportes
Below is audio of what Landon and Bruce said to the media here at the hotel in Puerto
from today's training session at "La Islandera."
It was nice and clear when we left the hotel...
Once we were on the road, it started to POUR...
By the time we got to the stadium, the rain had stopped enough for us to run around the field for a bit