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MLS Comes Back for More

Posted: January 24, 2008 11:31 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2008 2:02 a.m.
 
For the second straight year, Major League Soccer will be played at the College of the Canyons' Cougar Stadium, but this time it won't include the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Another Los Angeles team, Chivas USA, is taking over the slot held by the David Beckham-led Galaxy, as it will play the Columbus Crew on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.
The exhibition game will be a benefit for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, a local non-profit foundation that gives support to children and their families facing childhood cancer.
Last year, the Galaxy played the Crew to a 1-1 tie in front of over 5,000 people.
It was impossible for the Hoefflin Foundation to secure the Galaxy this time around because of the demand for the team due to Beckham's presence and the lofty price tag involved in getting the team to play.
Scott Schauer, executive director of the Hoefflin Foundation, said there was an initial exploration into getting the Galaxy to play, but it died quickly.
He said not having the Galaxy won't detract from the foundation's goal nor will it take away the fact that two professional soccer teams will be playing in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Through Schauer's friendship and business relationship with Crew head coach Sigi Schmid, a former Galaxy head coach, the foundation was able to get Columbus again.
Chivas USA, which plays its games in Carson at the Home Depot Center, is basically a home team.
The squad finished well above the Galaxy in the MLS Western Conference Standings in first place.
It features 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2007 All-Star Jonathan Bornstein and 2007 MLS Coach of the Year in former soccer star Preki Radosavljevic.
Columbus finished in sixth place, out of seven teams, in the Eastern Conference.
There are some differences from last year's event.
There will be no coaches or players clinic.
Instead of an auction, there will be a raffle which will give away a signed jersey by the USA national soccer team, Schauer said.
Also, advance tickets for the event will be $15 for adults and $10 for kids.
Hoefflin said last year's event raised about $70,000 for the foundation.
He hopes attendance exceeds 7,000 this year.
The game will be competitive as both teams will bring their full squads.
The winner this year will receive the Michael Hoefflin Foundation Cup - an indication that the foundation desires this event to keep going.
"It's my goal that we have this event on a yearly basis with two professional teams," Schauer said.
For tickets and more information, visit www.mhf.org.


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