The preseason continues for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy and on Tuesday, the G’s face Liga MX champions Club Tijuana at the Home Depot Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19. It’s a matchup between the best in Mexico and the United States of America at Victoria Street. Los Angeles’s last contest was a scoreless draw with K-League side Gangwon FC on Saturday.
It may only be a preseason match for the Galaxy, and it may only be an exhibition game for Antonio Mohamed’s Club Tijuana, but the intensity will be there, and it will have all the drama of their last meeting which ended with the Xoloitzcuintles prevailing in a shootout at Torero Stadium, on the campus of the University of San Diego. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.
The View from Avalon presents its first set of 10 Bold Predictions…for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Club Tijuana.
1. LA fields starters first half, reserves second half
With this being an exhibition, Bruce Arena will take the opportunity to give the Galaxy’s presumed starters 45 minutes of time. In the second half, Club Tijuana will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves.
2. At least two goals from Club Tijuana’s reserves
With Tijuana’s first team playing Colombian side Millionarios in the Copa Libertadores, the Xolos will field their reserve team for the entire match. In the second half, due to the Galaxy fielding its reserves, Tijuana will score at least two goals to keep the match competitive.
3. Omar Comin’!
Omar Gonzalez will be holding down the fort in the first half and will score on a header from Juninho. It will have all the shades of the MLS Cup 2012 final against Houston.
And speaking of Juninho…
4. Juninho with two assists
The Brazilian midfielder, who is in it for the long haul, will get a field day against the Xolos reserves with two assists. But Juninho’s not going to be the only one with a breakout performance.
5. Carlo Cudicini with at least six saves
The new goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini, will be facing a fired-up Xolos reserves team looking to break into a starting spot later in the calendar year. Cudicini will be making at least six saves to pace the Galaxy, but will be subbed for Brian Perk in the second half.
6. More Mike Magee Magic
Mike Magee has been nothing but money the last few months, and now the midfielder will make a smashing introduction to the Tijuana up-and-comers with a goal in the first 15 minutes on Tuesday.
7. Time for a Jack attack
Jack McBean has been stepping up his game in leaps and bounds. Now as a member of the Galaxy first team, the onus is on him to get in on goal. Sooner or later, McBean will get on the score sheet in what should be a goal festival in Carson.
8. Michael Stephens, the most unlikeliest of goalscorers
Michael Stephens has been sporadic with his goalscoring, but now with years of experience under his belt, this match will be a dress rehearsal for a showdown this March against Herediano of Heredia, Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Champions League. Knowing this, Stephens will impress the coaches with a goal against Tijuana, who have the CCL and Libertadores action to mind.
9. Under three cards and over 20 fouls
A fast, physical and intense matchup between two champions will take place at the Home Depot Center. Under three cards will be issued and over 20 fouls will be called.
10. Los Angeles gets their revenge
After falling short a few years ago, the Los Angeles Galaxy will get their revenge and issue a statement victory over Tijuana’s reserves on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles Galaxy 4, Club Tijuana 2