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LA Galaxy vs. Club America: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream & TV Info

Daniel Tiluk@@danieltilukFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2015

CARSON, CA - JULY 7: New Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard #8 poses with his jersey after a news conference on July 7, 2015 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is scheduled to play his first MLS match on Friday, July 17 at StubHub Center against San Jose Earthquakes. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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If any competition signals the beginning of a new season, the International Champions Cup (ICC) has surely taken that particular mantle.

Hailing from the World Football Challenge (2009-2012), the past two pre-seasons have witnessed true European giants take their campaign's first steps on North American soil. Real Madrid were the inaugural winners of the ICC in 2013, followed by Manchester United last summer.

We’re partnering with the @IntChampionsCup to bring all your team’s pre-season news. Download! http://t.co/1C7yB74arZ pic.twitter.com/9pc11Hiua9

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 9, 2015

This year, the tournament has expanded further; more heavyweights are planning to indulge spectators in four continents and seven countries over the next 25 days.

It begins with the MLS' Los Angeles Galaxy hosting Liga MX's Club America on July 11.

Date: Saturday, July 11 (USA) / Sunday, July 12 (UK)

Time: 11:30 p.m. EST/4:30 a.m. BST

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California

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TV InfoFox Sports 1 / ESPN Deportes / Sky Sports 1

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go (USA only) / Sky Go (UK only)

Form Line 

Last 5 Results
Los Angeles GalaxyClub America
W 4-0 Toronto FCL 3-4 Pachuca
W 0-1 San Jose EarthquakesL 3-2 Pachuca
L 3-1 San Jose EarthquakesW 1-2 Atlas
W 5-0 Portland TimbersW 3-1 Toluca
W 5-1 Philadelphia UnionW 3-1 Montreal Impact
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Team News / Starting XIs 

#LAGalaxy XI: Rowe; Gargan, DLG, Leonardo, Dunivant; Husidic, Juninho, Gerrard, Lletget; Villarreal, Keane #ICC2015 pic.twitter.com/2qKE19otJU

— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 12, 2015

11 #Águila vs @LAGalaxy: Gonzalez, Burón, Pimentel, Goltz, Mares, Guerrero, Rivera, Andrade, Sambueza, Quintero y Arroyo #ICC2015

— Club América (@CF_America) July 12, 2015

Player to Watch 

CARSON, CA - JULY 7: New Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard #8 poses with his jersey after a news conference on July 7, 2015 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is scheduled to play his first MLS
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Steven Gerrard is scheduled to make his debut for LA Galaxy in the International Champions Cup, according to the Liverpool Echo's Ian Doyle, and more than a few around the planet will be tuning in just to see the Liverpool legend.

He is set to appear in a sizable cameo, reported to be around one half. The 35-year-old Englishman has only been seen in a Liverpool shirt at club level; getting used to Gerrard in a colour other than Anfield's red should take longer than 45 minutes—if the feat is even possible.

Figuring out new team-mates, finding fitness and acclimating to southern Californian weather, Gerrard's first LA Galaxy outing should be one to remember.

Key Battle 

CARSON, CA - JULY 7: New Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard #8 and Robbie Keane #7 during a training session on July 7, 2015 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is scheduled to play his first MLS
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In Gerrard's first match for the Galaxy, the rekindled partnership with former Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic forward Robbie Keane pitted against Club America's back four is the primary matchup to watch.

The Mexican outfit have not played a competitive match since May 17, whereas Los Angeles are in the midst of the 2015 MLS season. To make matters worse, some of America's key footballers—primarily centre-forward Oribe Peralta and right-back Paul Aguilar—are with Mexico at the 2015 Gold Cup.

As CF America are without a key individual up top, but more importantly in their defence, the British Isle connection between Gerrard and Keane (which had less than one season at Anfield) could receive a timely jump-start.

*Stats via WhoScored.com; transfer fees via Soccerbase where not noted.

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