Manchester United to face Galaxy at Rose Bowl tonight
PASADENA (CNS) – More than 80,000 fans are expected to attend tonight’s exhibition soccer game between England’s famed Manchester United and the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl.
The game is United’s first in the Los Angeles area since 2003 and first in the United States since 2011. It is also its first game under manager Louis van Gaal, who guided The Netherlands to a third-place finish in the 2014 World Cup.
Manchester United’s 26-player roster includes nine players who played in the 2014 World Cup — forwards Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welback; midfielders Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata, Nani and Antonio Valencia; and defenders Phil Jones and Chris Welling.
Goalkeeper David De Gea was a member of the Spanish team that failed to reach the knockout stage, but did not play.
The Galaxy’s lone 2014 World Cup player, defender Omar Gonzalez, is available to play after being sidelined since suffering an ankle injury in the U.S.’ 2-1 loss to Belgium July 1, resulting in its elimination.
Soccer’s customary three-substitute limit per team has been increased to 11 for the game, but substitutions are only permitted at any three points in the game. As usual, substituted players may not return to the game.
Because the game is an exhibition, the top players on both teams are not expected to play a full game.
Manchester United will play at least three more times in the United States this summer as it prepares for the Aug. 16 start of the Premier League season.
Manchester United is entered in the International Champions Cup and will play Saturday in Denver against Italy’s AS Roma, Tuesday against Italy’s Inter Milan in Landover, Maryland, and Aug. 2 against Spain’s Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
If Manchester United makes the final of the tournament, it will conclude its U.S. tour Aug. 4 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Manchester United finished seventh in the Premier League last season, its lowest finish since 1990, which resulted in the firing of first-year manager David Moyes with four games remaining in the season. Van Gaal’s appointment as his successor was announced on May 19.
The Galaxy are 7-4-6, putting it in a tie for fourth in Major League Soccer’s nine-team Western Conference.
Fans are advised to arrive early so they can avoid having to park in a lot as far as a mile from the stadium, putting them in danger of missing the 8 p.m. opening kickoff.
In addition to parking adjacent to the Rose Bowl, which is priced at $30 and $40 for cars and $50 for recreational vehicles, parking will be available for $15 at the Parsons lot in Old Town Pasadena. Shuttle bus service from the Parsons lot will begin running at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.
A Fan Fest will begin at 2 p.m. in Area H and will include live musical performances by Fathers & Suns (3:30 p.m.); Saint Motel (4:30 p.m.) and Sweet and Tender Hooligans (5:30 p.m.); interactive games and prize giveaways; and Galaxy defenders Todd Dunivant and James Riley signing autographs from 5:30-7 p.m.
The game is officially known as the Chevrolet FC Cup in connection with Chevrolet’s seven-year shirt sponsorship of Manchester United, which will wear its jerseys with the Chevrolet logo for the first time in competition.