President Obama called Galaxy coach/general manager Bruce Arena in Indonesia on Tuesday to congratulate him and the Galaxy for their MLS Cup triumph nine days ago.
What took so long? Hard to say, since Obama identified himself as a soccer fan. Regardless, it's always nice to get a phone call from the President, whose office released this summary of the call:
“Earlier today, President Obama called Bruce Arena, general manager and head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy, to congratulate him and the team on winning the MLS Cup. 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. 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 invited the Galaxy to the White House to celebrate their championship and wished the coach and the team continued success.”
No date, of course, for a White House visit, but if schedules mesh, L.A.'s trip to Washington to play D.C. United next season -- if they play at D.C. United under the new schedule format -- would work best.
The Galaxy is in Indonesia for the first game on its postseason tour of Asia and Australia. Obama spent part of his childhood in Jakarta, where L.A. will face Indonesia's national team on Wednesday, with a 4 a.m. PT kickoff (Fox Soccer Channel).