Barcelona beats LA Galaxy 2-1 before record Rose Bowl crowd
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 22, 2015 02:28 PM
FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, shoots to score as he is defended by Los Angeles Galaxy's Dan Gargan during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Luis Suarez scored in the 45th minute, and Barcelona opened its U.S. preseason tour with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on Tuesday night before 93,226 fans at the Rose Bowl.
Sergi Roberto also scored in the 56th minute as the UEFA Champions League winners largely controlled their first match of the new season, delighting the biggest crowd for a club soccer game involving an MLS team in U.S. history.
Tommy Meyer scored late in second-half injury time for the defending MLS champion Galaxy, denying Barcelona of a clean sheet.
The record crowd largely supported Barcelona despite the absence of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who stayed home from the International Champions Cup tour to stay fresh for the games that count.