Manchester United, one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, will compete in the first-ever LA Galaxy Cup youth tournament set for March and April 2018. The LA Galaxy Cup is the club’s inaugural international tournament that will see world-class teams from across the globe competing in Southern California with Boys & Girls Development Academy & Club teams at the U-12–U-19 level. Manchester United joins the LA Galaxy Cup alongside the LA Galaxy Academy, Premier League side Swansea City A.F.C., Mexico’s Club Tijuana, Portugal’s FC Porto and Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, among other youth sides from European, Mexican and Major League Soccer clubs.
“We’re extremely excited to add Manchester United to the LA Galaxy Cup,” said former MLS goalkeeper and current LA Galaxy Youth Development Ambassador Dan Kennedy. “Adding teams like Manchester United’s caliber will only raise the level of competition as we provide our Academy athletes with the chance to play against youth talent from world-class teams. We look forward to additional teams joining the LA Galaxy Cup as we look to raise the level of competition at the earliest possible ages.”
In addition to accepting the invitation and participating in the inaugural LA Galaxy Cup youth international tournament, Manchester United will also provide an all-encompassing youth development coaching symposium on March 29 at Hotel Irvine.
Teams can still register to participate in the LA Galaxy Cup at www.lagalaxycup.com.
LA GALAXY CUP:
- The LA Galaxy Cup will showcase athletes from Boys & Girls Development Academy & Club teams at the U-12 – U-19 level
- The LA Galaxy Cup will be held from Wednesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 1 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.
- The Great Park has 18 fields, including a soccer-specific stadium with 5,000 seats to showcase top matches all in one location.
In addition to the LA Galaxy Academy teams, which compete in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, the tournament will feature numerous LA Galaxy Alliance Clubs from Southern California. The LA Galaxy Alliance Club Program is an extensive soccer development initiative for youth clubs that gives its members the best resources to reach their soccer and community potential.
The LA Galaxy Cup, supported by Welch’s, was created to offer a premier international competition for Boys Development Academy teams. The Galaxy plan to host a mix of European, Mexican, and Major League Soccer Academy teams to increase competition and provide a unique playing experience for each participating team.