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.