Barcelona beats LA Galaxy 2-1 before record Rose Bowl crowd

Luis Suarez
FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez controls the ball during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Luis Suarez scored in the 45th minute, and Barcelona opened its U.S. preseason tour with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on Tuesday night before 93,226 fans at the Rose Bowl.

Sergi Roberto also scored in the 56th minute as the UEFA Champions League winners largely controlled their first match of the new season, delighting the biggest crowd for a club soccer game involving an MLS team in U.S. history.

Tommy Meyer scored late in second-half injury time for the defending MLS champion Galaxy, denying Barcelona of a clean sheet.

The record crowd largely supported Barcelona despite the absence of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who stayed home from the International Champions Cup tour to stay fresh for the games that count.

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