Galaxy to face Armenian champion FC Shirak in preseason game

Galaxy midfielder Juninho heads the ball away from Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales during an MLS playoff game last season.
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The Galaxy said Monday it plans to play FC Shirak, the reigning champion in the Armenian Premier League, in a preseason game at StubHub Center on Feb. 8.

This would be the first meeting between the two clubs and the first time that the Galaxy has hosted a team from the Armenian Premier League, the Galaxy said.

FC Shirak is based in Gyumri, in northwest Armenia, and the club is in second place through the first half of the 2013-14 Premier League season there.

The Armenian club is led by Ivorian midfielder Serge Deble, who is tied for the league lead in goals with nine, the Galaxy said.

The Galaxy opens its Major League Soccer season March 8 with a game at StubHub Center against Real Salt Lake.



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