CARSON, Calif.– The LA Galaxy announced today that the club will play Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente of Mexico’s Liga de Ascenso in the “San Diego Clasico”, presented by Freeway Insurance, on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting on Wednesday, February 2 at 10 a.m. with tickets starting at just $25 by calling the University of San Diego’s JCP Ticket Office at (619) 260-7550 or by visiting www.tickets.com.
“We are very excited to announce this match against Club Tijuana in San Diego, a market that is important to our organization and one where we have wanted to play for quite some time,” LA Galaxy President of Business Operations Tom Payne said. “In addition, it is a good game for us against a quality opponent as we complete our preseason preparations for the 2011 MLS season.”
Club Tijuana is coached by former Club America and Mexican National Team midfielder Joaquín Del Olmo, who in his first season with the club guided the Xoloitzcuintles to their first title last December, winning the Liga de Ascenso Apertura Season. Led by their captain Javier Gandolfi, goalkeeper Adrian Zermeno and forward Raúl Enríquez, Club Tijuana posted an impressive 11-1-5 record last season. Gandolfi, a defender from Argentina, and Zermeno, who spent eight seasons at Toluca, spearhead their defense, which conceded only seven goals in 21 games last season.
This season, Club Tijuana is 0-1-1 in the Clausura Season. The Xoloitzcuintles play their first home game of the season this Sunday, when the club hosts León, which is currently in fourth place of table with a 2-1-0 record.
This will be the Galaxy’s first ever game at the 6,000 seat Torero Stadium, which was built in 1961 and is home of the University of San Diego Football and Soccer programs.