The Los Angeles Galaxy, led by David Beckham, expressed excitement to be in the country and play the Philippine national men’s football team Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
“Thank you for the warm welcome that we have been receiving so far and I hope that the fans will enjoy the game on Saturday,” said Beckham to kick things off during a press conference to promote the match between his team and the Azkals.
The squad arrived in the country from Jakarta where the first stop of their Asian Tour was held. The Galaxy, the Major League Soccer Cup champions, won over an Indonesian selection, 1-0.
Beckham was joined in the press conference by teammate Landon Donovan, a member of the United States national team, and head coach Bruce Arena.
Beckham, wearing a white Galaxy uniform, was received warmly by the people during the conference.
“Good evening,” he said to open the presser, to which several people, mostly ladies, answered back, “Good evening.”
Donovan was warmly received too and appeared to know a lot about the country and how excited Filipinos are about the team’s visit.
“We have a staff member from the Philippines and she had a lot to say about the country. She couldn’t make it though,” said Donovan.
“I had a lot of messages on my Twitter saying how excited they are about this trip. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Arena also expressed his excitement about the trip.
“I’m excited not only on Saturday but getting around the city and meet the Filipinos,” said Arena.
The Galaxy will hold a football camp on Friday at 1:30 p.m. before practicing at the Rizal pitch at 3:30 p.m.
The Azkals, on the other hand, said they were more excited about the friendly match against the Galaxy.
“They are now counting the hours,” Azkals head coach Hans Michael Weiss said.
Weiss said that they will be playing to win despite the caliber of the team that they will be facing.
“It will be naïve for me to say that we will be going pure offense. We have to be reasonable on how we play,” said Weiss.
Phil Younghusband, Chieffy Caligdong and Aly Borromeo were present in the presser for the Azkals side.
Caligdong said that scoring a goal against the Galaxy will definitely be a memorable one although he admits that it will be tough.
“Hindi na siguro ako makakatulog kung maka-goal ako,” said Caligdong.
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