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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Blues set friendlies, vs. Tri 20s, Irapuato

By Scott French

The L.A. Blues' preparations for their second season in the USL Pro league will include two games against Mexican opposition.

The Blues will face Mexico's under-20 national team on Feb. 25 and Mexican second-tier club Irapuato on March 10, both of them 7 p.m. starts at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium.

El Tri's U-20s include Cruz Azul's Martin Galvan, who has attracted interest in Europe after making his first-team debut 40 days shy of his 15th birthday, Monterrey forwards Jesus Manuel Corona and Luis Madrigal, and UANL Tigres defender Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Riverside/Saddleback HS).

The U-20s also will face UCLA on Feb. 28 at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys.

Irapuato features goalkeeper Sergio Arias, who was No. 3 on Chivas USA's depth chart last year.

Tickets for each game are $20 ($10 for 12-under) and available from the Blues at 714-738-8011 or on the team's Facebook page.