The International Champions Cup will kick off its North American leg of games on Saturday, July 11, and will involve 10 teams: Manchester United, Chelsea, New York Red Bulls, SL Benfica, Club America, PSG, Los Angeles Galaxy, Fiorentina, Barcelona and the San Jose Earthquakes.
On this first day of the tournament, the Los Angeles Galaxy will face Club America with a new addition to the Galaxy team that is bringing the most excitement ever since David Beckham hopped aboard. Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who spent 17 years playing at Anfield, will suit up for the Galaxy for the first time, rivaling Beckham’s departure from Real Madrid back in 2007.
Gerrard compares making the switch, “a bit like going to a new school,” according to an interview on EspnFC.com.
According to TiqIQ.com, Los Angeles Galaxy tickets for their game against Club America have an average ticket price of $103.04 and a get-in price of $62 on the secondary market. The game is being played at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, home of the Galaxy and Chivas USA. Flights to Long Beach can be booked through Hipmunk.com for fans looking to see Gerrard in his first action for the Galaxy. Long Beach hotels can be booked through Hipmunk as well, starting from $53. The city of Carson is less than a half-hour drive (10 miles) from the Long Beach Airport.
The Galaxy have been playing well, winning three out of their last four games and are sure to receive a boost from the play-making English midfielder. Gerrard has won two FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Champions League trophy and two UEFA Super Cups throughout his decorated career. His resume on the field rivals any midfielder of his generation.
The International Champions Cup also has an Australian leg that features Real Madrid, Manchester City FC and AS Roma from July 18-24. Lastly, there’s a leg hosted in China with Real Madrid, AC Milan and FC Internazionale, lasting July 25-30.
For the MLS season, Los Angeles is currently in fourth-place in the Western Conference standings with 31 points. The Portland Timbers have 31 points, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC have 32 points and the Seattle Sounders FC have 32 points, but have all played 19 games compared to the Galaxy’s 21 games played.