LA Galaxy takes on Georgetown as college friendly season opens
MLS Cup Champions LA Galaxy were in the nation’s capital on Monday to visit President Obama and stuck around to play a friendly against Georgetown on Tuesday morning.
The Galaxy won the match 2-1. Sophomore forward Brett Campbell scored the goal for the Hoyas, a good sign considering he didn’t score all season in a reserve roll behind Brandon Allen.
Georgetown’s star centerback Joshua Yaro, who shocked the soccer world when he passed on a Generation adidas deal with MLS, is recovering from a shoulder injury and did not play.
The Washington D.C. game was just one of several marquee friendly match-ups between college programs and professional sides scheduled as part of preseason training for the pros and the spring training season for college squads. New York Red Bulls thrashed South Florida 4-0 in a friendly of their own on Sunday.
Georgetown has also filled their spring friendly schedule with games against the USL PRO’s Richmond Kickers (March 1) and the Philadelphia Union (March 21). The LA Galaxy played Cal State Fullerton on January 31.
Some other matches that have been announced include Louisville playing Columbus Crew in Ohio on March 29, the annual Pitt vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds game on February 24 and Wake Forest taking on the NASL’s Ottawa Fury on March 31.
Though the games are often hard to find about even for diehard fans and the results even harder to find online, the spring season does give college players a chance to size up stronger competition and for some professional players to reconnect with their alma maters like LA Galaxy’s Dan Gargan did Tuesday back on campus at Georgetown. It’s also a chance for players further down in the depth chart to prove themselves and for early arrivals to campus to fight for a place in the starting XI when the fall season comes around.