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Chivas USA, New Zealand national team to meet in charity tournament

September 27, 2013|By Kevin Baxter
  • Chivas USA's Bobby Burling, left, heads the ball away from Vancouver's Johnny Leveron during a game earlier this month.
Chivas USA's Bobby Burling, left, heads the ball away from Vancouver's… (Darryl Dyck / Associated…)

Chivas USA, the New Zealand national team and a pair of clubs from Mexico's first division are expected to compete in a planned soccer tournament, the Los Angeles Cup, next month, as part of an effort to raise funds for hurricane victims in Mexico.

The tournament will kick off with an Oct. 9 doubleheader at Citrus College. New Zealand meeting Mexico's Queretaro in the first match at 7 p.m. followed by Chivas against Veracruz.

On Oct. 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Chivas will play New Zealand, which is preparing for a two-leg playoff in November for a final spot in the 2014 World Cup.

A portion of the tournament's ticket proceeds will go to victims of hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel. Some Chivas players recently had their heads shaved as part of a charity effort to support cancer patients.

"At the end of the day we want to give back to people," said Chivas midfielder Carlos Alvarez. "So with all that is going on over there in Mexico after the hurricanes, being able to help the people is something unbelievable and something we should look forward to."

Added captain Dan Kennedy: "It's nice to be part of any type of relief fund to help somebody out. And it's based around a game that we all love and play for a living."

El Salvador's Alianza FC will also play in the tournament against an opponent yet to be named.

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