During the Galaxy's visit to Indonesia, Coach Bruce Arena took a phone call from a former resident: President Barack Obama.
"The President said, as a soccer fan, he wanted to let coach Arena know that the team inspired a lot of young soccer players, including his kids,” according to a statement released by the White House on Tuesday evening. “The President congratulated coach Arena on all that the team has done for the game of soccer and asked him to pass along his congratulations to Landon Donovan, David Beckham and the rest of the team.” President Obama also invited the Galaxy to the White House to celebrate its championship.
The president lived in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta during his youth.
After the early-morning phone call, the Galaxy beat an Indonesia Select Team, 1-0, on the first game of a three-match foreign tour.