Los Angeles Galaxy officials have confirmed that the club is in
negotiations to play a friendly match with the Iranian national team
sometime in May.
Galaxy assistant general manager Tom Payne has been working on the
arrangements. While they have not been finalized, Payne acknowledged
that the two organizations have entered the "preliminary stages."
One important step was securing the assistance of the United States
Soccer Federation, which must approve and formally invite any visiting
team from another country. The Galaxy has the full cooperation of USSF
president Sunil Gulati.
"We have been working with the Galaxy and the U.S. State Department on
a possible match between the Galaxy and the national team of Iran,"
said Gulati. "While matters are not concluded, things are moving in the