MLS Cup 2011 Champion LA Galaxy headline second annual FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, December 8, 2011) –The MLS Cup 2011 champion LA Galaxy will take part in the 2012 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, a four-team preseason tournament that will be held from February 22 – March 3. The Galaxy will be joined in the tournament, which will be held at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., by the New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake.

The Galaxy will take on the Revolution in the opening game of Desert Diamond Cup on February 22 at 5 p.m. (PT). Three days later, the club will return to action against Real Salt Lake on February 25, again at 5 p.m. (PT) before facing the New York Red Bulls on February 29 at 7 p.m. (PT). A championship match and a third place match will be held on March 3 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (PT), respectively.

All games will be played at the Kino Sports Complex, a 155-acre multipurpose venue that includes the 11,000 seat main stadium, as well as 12 additional fields, clubhouses, and other amenities.

"The LA Galaxy are excited to participate in the 2nd annual FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup,” LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena said. “Tucson is an outstanding venue for our preseason as we prepare for the CONCACAF Champions League and the MLS regular season. We look forward to the outstanding weather, facilities and hospitality that Tucson has to offer and look forward a challenging competition."

The Galaxy resume CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday, March 7 with the first leg of their quarterfinal series on the road against Toronto FC. The club will then open the 2012 MLS season on Saturday, March 10 at The Home Depot Center.

Tickets for the Desert Diamond Cup go on sale on Monday, December 12 at 11 a.m. (PT) at www.ticketreturn.com. Prices for tickets start at $20. Fans can also purchase the tournament’s Fantastic Four plan, which includes tickets to all eight games, starting at just $72. For more information about the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, please visit www.fctucson.com.

For more information about the Galaxy, or to purchase 2012 Season Tickets, please call 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or visit www.lagalaxy.com.