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LA Galaxy are the real football deal this time around

The Match Agent that arranged LA Galaxy's tours to Australia and New Zealand in the last three years has predicted that football fans will see a quality football team this time.

"In 2007 when Sydney FC played against LA Galaxy in front of 80,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium, David Beckham carried much of the burden and responsibility to put on a spectacle," Lou Sticca told "The team then had a new coach in Ruud Gullit and it was as much a new experience to most of the LA Galaxy team in having world names like Gullit and then of course David Beckham alongside relative unknowns.

"But LA Galaxy 2010 is a different proposition altogether. After Ruud Gullit left, the Galaxy got in Bruce Arena who is an absolute legend in US soccer. Bruce has transformed the team into serious title contenders. In fact, they are one game away from winning their Supporter's Shield or as we know it in Australia the equivalent to the minor Premiership.

"If you look at the strength of the MLS, their league now has Freddie Ljungberg (ex Arsenal), Thierry Henry (ex Arsenal, France World Cup winner and Barcelona), Rafael Marquez (captain of Mexico and World Cup player) running around.

"If you take a look at LA Galaxy they have David Beckham of course, but also Landon Donovan is being touted as the greatest player ever to play for Team USA. Donovan is not only the best USA player but showed that he competes with the best when he stinted for Everton in the English Premier League as well as having been at a number of successful World Cups for the USA. Beyond Beckham and Donovan, you have Edson Buddle who scores plenty of goals for LA Galaxy and Team USA and many more players that have played in Europe and for National Teams.

"By the time LA Galaxy land in Australia they will have finished their play offs so the team will be sharp and looking to put on a show for Australian and of course Newcastle Football fans."

Andrew Slevison
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