The LA Galaxy announced today that the club will host newly crowned European champions Inter Milan in an international friendly at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, August 7. This is the second consecutive season in which the Galaxy will host the reigning UEFA Champions League winners. In August 2009, the club fell 2-1 to FC Barcelona in front of 93,137 fans at the Rose Bowl.
The match against the Nerazzuri (the black and blues) will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. and is included in all Galaxy full season ticket plans as Bonus Game C. A special ticket pre-sale for all full season ticket holders is underway now, with a ticket package pre-sale for all fans beginning this Thursday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at a future date, with tickets starting at just $50.
“We have always said that it is our ambition to give our fans exciting games that further enhance the experience of being an LA Galaxy fan and bringing the champions of Europe to The Home Depot Center certainly fits that vision,” Galaxy President of Business Operations Tom Payne said. “This is the second consecutive season in which we have brought the Champions League winners to Southern California and just like last year, we are anticipating another unbelievable evening for our team and our fans.”
Inter, who have won each of the last five Serie A titles, are one of the world’s most popular and accomplished clubs. They are coming off the most successful season in club history, capturing both the Serie A and Coppa Italia championships. On Saturday, they completed the treble, becoming just the sixth team in European history to accomplish the feat, by defeating Bayern Munich 2-0 at the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid.
Inter Milan will travel to Los Angeles with their complete squad of stars, which currently includes many World Cup-bound superstars such as Argentina’s Diego Milito, who scored both Inter goals in Saturday’s Champions League Final, and Walter Samuel, Brazil’s Julio Cesar, Lucio and Maicon, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Ghana’s Sulley Muntari, Holland’s Wesley Sneijder, David Suazo of Honduras and Serbia’s Dejan Stankovic. They also feature 2006 FIFA World Cup winner Marco Materazzi, former Italian international goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, Argentina internationals Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti, the current Inter captain, as well as a host of additional international stars.
The match against Inter will be the Galaxy’s third international friendly played The Home Depot Center this year. They played to a 0-0 draw with CD Aguila of El Salvador on March 21 and defeated Boca Juniors of Argentina 1-0 on Sunday evening. LA also defeated Puntarenas FC of Costa Rica 1-0 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. on March 10.
For more information about this game, please contact the Galaxy by calling 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or by visiting www.lagalaxy.com.
About LA Galaxy
One of Major League Soccer’s (MLS) original clubs, the LA Galaxy were founded on June 15, 1994 and play all of the club’s home games at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University - Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Boasting a host of top national and international stars, the Galaxy are one of the premier teams in MLS history, having won the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005, while also claiming the U.S. Open Cup title in 2001 and 2005 and the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup. The 16 teams that comprise MLS are: the Chicago Fire, Club Deportivo Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Galaxy, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, Red Bull New York, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC. For more information or to order tickets, please call the Galaxy ticket office toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY or visit the club’s official website at www.lagalaxy.com.
About Inter Milan
F.C. Internazionale Milan is a professional football club in Italy founded 102 years ago. They play their home game in the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as the San Siro, an 80,074-capacity venue that opened in 1926. Known as Il Nerrazurri, the black and blue, for the colors on their logo and jersey, they are the only club never to have been relegated from the Italian Serie A. Inter have won 18 Serie A titles, including each of the last five (2005-06 to 2009-10) while also claiming the Coppa Italia six times and the Supercoppa Italiana four times. Inter have also experienced great success in European competitions, winning the European Cup (now UEFA Champions League) three times, including this year’s competition and the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) three times as well. For more information about the club, please visit their official website at www.inter.it.