The LA Galaxy will donate match proceeds for their Feb. 15 match in Santa Barbara towards United Way of Santa Barbara County to support the Thomas Fire & Flood Fund. In support of the effort, the Galaxy will host a meet up with first responders and those affected by Thomas Fire and Mudslide on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Santa Barbara.
The LA Galaxy will face USL side Fresno FC on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, California, as part of the team’s 2018 preseason campaign.
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“This is an extremely important cause for something that affected so many people in Santa Barbara County,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “Playing in this area on Feb. 15, we wanted to ensure a way to support these relief efforts and honor those who have been affected by these tragedies. We are thrilled to meet these brave men and women in Santa Barbara.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 75 first responders and individuals affected by the natural disaster will be hosted by the Galaxy to meet the entire first-team roster and coaching staff. All 75 guests will attend the team’s match on Thursday, Feb. 15 at Harder Stadium.
During halftime of the match, the LA Galaxy will present a check to United Way of Santa Barbara County for the United Way Thomas Fire &Flood Fund. Additionally, a first responder honoree from the Thomas Fire & Mudslide will be honored in a match coin-toss ceremony.
Tickets to the friendly are available online at www.X-Oversoccer.com or in person at various outlets in the Santa Barbara area. Pricing starts at $10 for youth and $15 for adult general admission. Ticket prices increase on match day to $15 and $20, respectively. The evening will also feature a preliminary match between the UCSB Gauchos Men’s soccer program and the Ventura County Fusion of the Player Development League (PDL) with a kick-off time of 5 p.m. PT.