LA Galaxy To Return To Australia To Play Newcastle United Jets FC On November 27

CARSON,
Calif.
– The LA Galaxy announced today that
the club will play Newcastle United Jets FC of the Hyundai A-League in an
international friendly on Saturday, November 27 at EnergyAustralia Stadium in
Newcastle, Australia. Local broadcast information and a complete schedule of
events for this game will be announced at a future
date.

“We are very excited to be returning
to Australia, the site of one of our
most memorable postseason matches, to play a friendly against Newcastle United
Jets FC,” LA Galaxy President of Business Operations Tom Payne said. “Newcastle are a club with a
long tradition of success in the Hyundai A-League and are making great strides
at strengthening their ties to the local community. We believe that this match
will help the Jets further those ties while also providing all of their fans in
the Hunter Region with memories that will last a
lifetime.”

This will be the first-ever game
between the Galaxy and Jets, who play their home games at EnergyAustralia
Stadium, a 26,000 seat venue that opened in 1970. One of the A-League’s original
clubs, Newcastle began play during the 2005-06 season and qualified for the
Finals series, the A-League’s equivalent of the MLS Cup Playoffs, in each of
their first three seasons. That run culminated with the club defeating their
rival Central Coast Mariners 1-0 in the 2008 Grand Final, giving the club their
first-ever championship.

The Jets returned to the Finals
series last year, reaching the semifinals before being eliminated by the
Wellington Phoenix. This season, the club sits in 10th place in the
A-League with a 1-3-5 record for eight points through their first nine games of
the season. Under the leadership of manager Branko Culina, the Jets have allowed
the least goals in the league this season, conceding just six through their
first nine games. Captained by former England international forward Michael
Bridges, the club has been led this season by goalkeeper Ben Kennedy and former
Australian international defender Ljubo Miličević. The club also features
forward Sasho Petrovski, who is one of the leading goalscorers in the history of
the A-League.

This will be the Galaxy’s third trip
to Oceania in the last four years, having played once in Australia and twice in New
Zealand. In November 2007, the club lost 5-3 to
Sydney FC in front 80,295 fans at Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia. A few days later, the
Galaxy defeated Hyundai A-League side Wellington Phoenix 4-1 at Westpac Stadium
in front of a then-record crowd of 31,853, which was the biggest ever to see a
soccer game in New
Zealand. In 2008, the Galaxy returned to
New Zealand, travelling this
time to Auckland, where they defeated a team of Oceania
All-Stars 3-0 at Mt. Smart
Stadium.

The LA Galaxy are presented by
Herbalife, a global network marketing company that sells weight-management,
nutrition, and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle.
Herbalife will also be an official sponsor of the match between the Galaxy and
Newcastle.

For more information about this
game, please call 1-877-3-GALAXY or visit the club’s official website at www.lagalaxy.com.

 

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