Galaxy to Play in Korea and China
Jan. 29, 2008
David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy will visit Korea and China on their pre-season tour of Asia , the club confirmed today.
The Galaxy will play two games, against FC Seoul at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul , Korea on March 1 and against China All-Star Union on March 5 at Shanghai Stadium in Shanghai , China .
'Both of these fine nations have a special place in the Galaxy's history based on our past experiences here, and we cannot think of a better time than now to renew these old friendships,' said Galaxy assistant general manager Tom Payne.
'These are important games in our club's preparation for the 2008 MLS season and I expect that fans in Seoul and Shanghai will remember the LA Galaxy visiting their cities for a very long time.'
The tour will allow the Galaxy to tap into Beckham's huge popularity in Asia . Beckham's previous two clubs, Manchester United and Real Madrid, were frequent visitors to the region during his time with them.
The Galaxy visited Australia and New Zealand at the end of last season, attracting a crowd of over 80,000 in Sydney .
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The Galaxy opened their stadium, the Home Depot Center on June 7. But in order for their home to be ready, the team had to play a record 8 games to start the season and failed to win a game. In fact, the Galaxy finish the season without a win away from home the whole season. After the season's final game, the Galaxy had the final playoff spot in the West. In their aggregate series with the Earthquakes, they seemed well on to vindication for the MLS Cup loss 2 years earlier as they held 4 goals to 0 lead midway through the 2 nd game. A thing happened as the Earthquakes scored four unanswered goals to force a tiebreaker. In that session, the Earthquakes' Rodrigo Farina score to send the Quakes onto the next round.
In 2004 Looking to return to the top, the Galaxy would go through a mediocre 1 st half of the season before 3 straight wins over the summer. But from July 14 on, the Galaxy won only 2 more games, one in September and one in October. The Galaxy had a record of 11-9-10, good enough for 2nd in the West and the playoff, remaining the only club in MLS to have a playoff spot in every year of league in the playoffs, the Galaxy withstood an early challenge from the Rapids to win the aggregate goal series, 2-1, scoring 2 times in Game 2. In the conference final, the Galaxy's season would come to an end in Kansas with a 2-0 loss to Arnaud and the Wizards.