Fans of international club soccer competition can watch the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League group stage opener live online, when the L.A. Galaxy, last year’s MLS Cup winners, take on Trinidad & Tobago side Central FC, who won both their domestic and regional Caribbean championships last season.
But the match may be most significant because it will mark the Major League Soccer debut of the Galaxy’s latest big-name international signing, Mexico star Giovani Dos Santos, in hopes that the 26-year-old, formerly of Spanish La Liga club Villareal, will help the L.A. MLS franchise ignite the local Mexican-American fan base in the Los Angeles area.
“The response that we received initially has, quite frankly, been overwhelming in a positive way,” said Galaxy President Chris Klein, after the team inked Dos Santos on July 15.
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena says that he plans to include the Mexico star in Thursday’s lineup, alongside the team’s other major international signing of 2015, former Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard.
To find out how to watch the CONCACAF Champions League opener, L.A. Galaxy vs. Central FC, live online, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, August 6, 10 p.m. Eastern, at the Galaxy’s home ground of StubHub Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California.
While the Galaxy are already 24 games into the 2015 MLS season, Central FC wrapped up their 2014/2015 season in May and have not played a game since. In fact, the Sharks, as Central FC are nicknamed, have two CONCACAF Champions League games to play before the domestic Trinidad & Tobago pro league begins its new season.
That leaves the Galaxy with very little to go on in terms of scouting reports as they enter Thursday night’s contest.
“It’s mostly unknowns because they’re bringing in a new coach in,” said Galaxy Assistant Coach Pat Noonan. “We expect to see a physical team with good size that is good on restarts. Although they pressed teams at the end of last year, they could sit back and try to hit us on the counter.”
Central FC, however, will feature keeper Jan-Michael Williams and forwards Willis Plaza and Ataullah Guerra, all of whom were part of the Trinidad & Tobago national side, who made it as far as the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.
Can underdog Trinidad & Tobago champions Central FC score an unlikely upset on the road? Or will the star-studded MLS Cup winners L.A. Galaxy take the first step on the road to a Champions League title? To find out, watch the L.A. Galaxy vs. Central FC CONCACAF Champions League group stage opener live online from Carson, California, by visiting Fox Sports Go at this link, or by paying for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go, available at this link.
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