90K expected for FC Barcelona/Galaxy friendly

Los Angeles GalaxyA full house — some 90,000 strong — is expected at the Rose Bowl tonight for the high-profile international FC Barcelona/Galaxy friendly, despite Lionel Messi being a no-show.

The match is part of the International Champions Cup competition, featuring three MLS teams, Mexico’s Club America and six European teams (including the likes of FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain). These are offseason matches for the European teams, which means some high-profile players — like the aforementioned Messi — will not be playing, and starters are expected to play only the first half. Meanwhile, some high-profile Galaxy players — like Omar Gonzalez and Alan Gordon — are participating in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tourney. Still, this should be worth attending: an FC Barcelona/Galaxy friendly will certainly attract fervent fans of all sorts.

A full house at the Rose Bowl means some logistical planning is in order. Parking will be at a premium, so there’s a whole list of things Pasadena officials are doing to handle the crowd.

Image courtesy Los Angeles Galaxy.

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