Friendly roundup: Barcelona beat LA Galaxy in front of record crowd, Manchester United top San Jose (video)
A jam-packed day of friendly games took place on Tuesday, with some of the big boys of world soccer continuing their preseason preparations in the United States of America.
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In the 2015 International Champions Cup, reigning Spanish and European champions Barcelona beat reigning MLS champs LA Galaxy 2-1 in front of a record crowd of 93,226 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Luis Suarez scored right on half time for Barca, as he swapped shirts and shared a hug with former Liverpool teammate and new LA Galaxy star Steven Gerrard as both were substituted at half time. In the second half Sergio Roberto made it 2-0 but a late goal from Tommy Meyer saw an LA side largely fielding reserve players push Barca all the way. The game also saw the biggest crowd to ever watch an MLS side in action.
From southern California to northern California, and Manchester United made it two wins from two in ICC play as they beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at Avaya Stadium. First half goals from Juan Mata and Memphis Depay put United ahead, while Andreas Periera added another in the second half. Van Gaal’s men now face Barcelona on Saturday in Santa Clara and Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago next Wednesday before heading back to England.
Speaking of PSG, there were in ICC action too as they thumped Fiorentina 4-2 at Red Bull Arena with Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting on the scoresheet for Les Parisiens and New Jersey native Guiseppe Rossi scoring for La Viola.
Newcastle United continue their U.S. tour out West, as the Magpies followed up a 1-0 against USL side Sacramento Republic with a 4-3 loss to Portland Timbers 2 at Providence Park on Monday. New signing Georginio Wijnaldum scored the opener for the Magpies and Rolando Aarons bagged a brace.
On Wednesday reigning Premier League champions Chelsea will take on the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in ICC play, and the Blues will face Paris Saint-Germain on Friday in Charlotte before rounding off their preseason tour of the U.S. with a game against Barcelona at FedEx Field, Maryland, next Tuesday.
In total eight PL teams were in preseason action on Tuesday and here is how they all got on.
Tuesday friendlies involving PL teams
LA Galaxy 1-2 Barcelona
San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 Manchester United
Portland Timbers 4-3 Newcastle United
KVV Quick 20 0-10 Southampton
Salisbury City 2-1 Bournemouth
Swindon Town 0-2 Aston Villa
Colchester United 1-0 West Ham United
Lincoln City 1-3 Leicester City