The LA Galaxy will meet Armenian champion FC Shirak in a preseason friendly on February 8, 2013. (Photo: German Alegria)
CARSON, California -- The LA Galaxy announced Monday that it will host reigning Armenian Premier League champion FC Shirak in a friendly at StubHub Center on February 8. It is the first confirmed match of the Galaxy’s 2014 preseason schedule and will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
Shirak currently sits in second place with a 6-4-4 record for 22 points through the first half of the 2013-14 Premier League season. Based in the city of Gyumri in the northwest of Armenia, Shirak is led by Ivorian midfielder Serge Deble, who is tied for the league lead in goals over the first half of the season with nine. Shirak, who won the 2013 Armenian Super Cup and reached the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round of the.
The Galaxy will be preparing for its Major League Soccer opener on March 8 against visiting Real Salt Lake, as well as its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Mexico’s Club Tijuana.