Written by Rudy Madrigal

It’s nothing new that the L.A. Galaxy will be playing Spanish power Real Madrid this summer. However, what is new is that it will be part of a new inaugural summer tournament with 8 teams consisting of two brackets, East and West. Juventus, Everton Real Madrid and LA Galaxy will compete in the West bracket with AC Milan, Valencia, Inter Milan and Chelsea competing in the East.

The tournament play will begin July 27 at Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain before migrating to the United States. Valencia is the only European city that will host a match with the other venues being Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Met Life Stadium in Rutherford New Jersey (listed as New York?!?!?) and Sun Life Stadium in Miami for the final on August 7. For the complete schedule by date click here. For the complete schedule by bracket click here.

Each team is guaranteed three matches with L.A. playing at least one game at home in L.A. at the legendary Dodger Stadium (fun fact: this will the be the FIRST soccer game to take place in Chavez Ravine). The Guinness International Championships Cup, as it’s being called, will be good international exposure for teams like Valencia, Everton and the Galaxy who are trying to grow their international brand. It will also be particularly good for the young Galaxy  players who will get the chance to play against top quality players and teams.

While I’m excited for the tournament, especially for Valencia to come to the States again, I do wonder if this will help or hurt the Galaxy’s chances of winning a third successive MLS Championship and becoming another dynasty in Los Angeles. Let’s hope it helps and L.A. gets their third in a row. Move over Lakers!

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Mestalla turns 90

Written by Rudy Madrigal

On May 20, Mestalla Stadium, home of Valencia C.F., turned 90 years-old. While the stadium may not be one of the most well known or glamorous, it is nonetheless an important one. First opened in 1923, the original capacity was 17,000, but quickly expanded to 25,000. Today, the stadium holds 55,000, is the fifth-largest in Spain and is considered to have one of the most feared stadium atmospheres in all of Europe. With the steep and towering seats, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. Being 90 years-old, the stadium has a long and storied history, having been through the Spanish Civil War and the flood of 1957, among other things. It hosted all of Spain’s games during the 1982 World Cup (used to be the national team’s home stadium) and the Copa del Rey final in 2011.

Read about the atmosphere and see more pics after the jump

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Today is a big day for Barcelona’s young left back as Jordi Alba turns 24. Even though he is so young he plays like he has years of experience. One of Barcelona’s young talents, who went on to Valencia to gain more playing knowledge, he stood out before Barcelona opened its arms to have him back on their own squad. We can only imagine that what Alba wishes for is a victory in tomorrow’s game.

 

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The world is ever-changing, and so is soccer. Back in the 1970s, the players would go to work during the day and than practice at night because the salary they gained from soccer was not enough for them to live on. The shorts were smaller and the hairstyles were longer. In modern soccer, the layout is very much different – the shorts, and the money, are much bigger.

And one of the best new ways to generate more money, interest, and loyalty for a club is through social media. Think about it: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have more than 1,5 billion users combined. That is more than 500 times the highest attendance of an MLS game. Social media is a unique way to reach an audience, and the ways to use it are unlimited. Clubs are now taking advantage in i variety of ingenious ways. Let’s take a look at a few:

The Spanish team Sevilla gave their fans a chance to have their Facebook profile picture in the number of their favorite player’s shirt for the prize of 24.90 Euro (below).

Sevilla

 

See how Valencia and Mexico’s Jaguares used Twitter after the jump.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

This was a great strike last night from Adrian Lopez which put Athletico in the Europa League Final with a 1-0 win at Valencia. They finished the series with a 5-2 aggregate advantage.

 

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via ESPNSoccernet.

Valencia president Manuel Llorente is adamant that in-demand winger Juan Mata will not be leaving the club this summer, despite reports linking him with Arsenal refusing to subside. Mata, 23, cemented his reputation as one of Europe’s most fearsome wide men with some excellent displays during Spain’s European Under-21 Championship triumph in June, leading to speculation that the Gunners would like to add him to their ranks. Tottenham have also emerged as contenders to sign the Los Che star, but Llorent insisted his prized asset is going nowhere.

“Juan Mata is not for sale,” Llorente said. “We have not received any offers for the player. The news that appears in the media is just rumours. We have a very good squad at Valencia and our priority now is to sign a central defender.”

Llorente’s assertion comes three days after Mata’s father, Juan Senior, claimed Arsenal had made contact with Valencia over a deal for the former Real Madrid winger.

“There have been calls from foreign clubs but now the decision rests with Valencia. [Juan] is on his holidays,” he was quoted as saying by the Mirror last Friday.

Valencia signed Almeria forward Pablo Piatti last week, but the Argentinian is seen as a replacement for Joaquin, who has joined Malaga.

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