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LA Galaxy taking Auckland match seriously says coach

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is treating the game in Auckland as a normal Major League Soccer (MLS) match. Arena has been preparing his squad for the match against an Oceania All-Stars XI and said his the Galaxy won't be coming over for just a holiday.

"We certainly don't view this trip as going to a country that plays rugby," Arena said.

"We're well aware of the fact that New Zealand has some good football players, and it's going to be a very competitive match."

When the Galaxy comes out to Auckland in December, it is off-season in the MLS so it will be a good chance for coaching staff to evaluate and analyse the players ahead of next season.

"Any time you compete in another country it's an added challenge and I think it can turn out to be a real good experience for us, and a game that can help the rebuilding process for our team in 2009."

Arena added, "I'm certain it's going to be a good entertaining game for the fans."

LA Galaxy including David Beckham plays the Oceania All-Stars including Mark Bosnich and Christian Karembeu at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday December 6.

Tickets are available from www.ticketek.co.nz or by calling 0800 TICKETEK.

Andrew Slevison
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