- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 29, 2007
- 0 Comments
Seems as though we are already taking pre-season soccer here, just weeks after the MLS Cup. Today the MLS announced that next February the two-time defending champion Houston Dynamo and the LA Galaxy will take part in the Pan-Pacific Championship against a club from Australia and Japan’s Gamba Osaka.
The four game tournament will highlight the following matches:
Wednesday, February 20
Gamba Osaka (J.League) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) (6:00 p.m.)
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. A-League representative (8:30 p.m.)
Saturday, February 23
Third-place match (6:00 p.m.)
Pan-Pacific Championship Final (8:30 p.m.)
I guess in a way this is a pretty good thing. From a PR standpoint it puts the face of the league (the LA Galaxy) and the league’s best club (Houston Dynamo) against clubs from the other side of the world (Japan and Australia).
It sounds like a nice little get away for both MLS clubs to be playing in Hawaii in February. A nice pre-season test for the Galaxy who will probably be picking up more games between now and then for the Beckham world tour. As for Houston this just adds to the busy schedule that will be there for them to begin next season. I just hope both show up in this competition and make it interesting.