The Los Angeles Galaxy, complete with David Beckham and Landon Donovan, will be in Australia again this year.
Newcastle Jets will host LA Galaxy in an exhibition match at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday, 27 November, during the American club’s 4-day stay in Australia.
LA Galaxy drew a crowd of 80,000 when they lost to Sydney FC 5-3 in 2007.
The NSW government is in partnership with Newcastle Jets in this venture.
Minister for the Hunter, Jodi McKay, was extremely buoyant when announcing the event.
“This is fantastic news for football fans and for tourism in the Hunter,” McKay said.
“The phenomenal global interest in David Beckham, World Cup hero Landon Donovan, and the LA Galaxy team means Newcastle and the Jets will be in the spotlight for sports enthusiasts from around the world.
“There's sure to be a great deal of global media interest in David, Landon and the LA Galaxy visit to Newcastle and in the game itself.
“It’s sure to generate interest in Australia and around the world for the Hunter as a great place to spend time.”
Jets executive chairman, Ken Edwards, admitted it was a brilliant coup by the club.
“Jodi, together with the Jets, have worked very hard over the past 72 hours to ensure this exhibition match happens for the people of the Hunter,” Edwards said.
“On behalf of the Jets, I thank the NSW Government sincerely for their financial support and the great personal support provided by Jodi to get this deal over the line.”
The Jets have had a huge month since mining and racing magnate Nathan Tinkler took over as owner and this event only adds testament to the work the new officials have done since his instalment.
Meanwhile, the Jets’ assistant coach, Mark Jones, has parted company with the club.
Apparently, his coaching philosophy differed with that of coach Branko Culina.
Craig Deans is Jones’s replacement and will coach the Jets’ National Youth League side.