Club Friendly: LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid Preview
LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid: The Los Angeles Galaxy will face Real Madrid tonight at the Rose Bowl in an exhibition match expected to draw a crowd of more than 80,000. Last year, around 93,000 soccer fans attended the Galaxy’s friendly encounter with FC Barcelona, which the Catalan side won 2-1.
Los Merengues, coming off a 3-2 victory over Mexico’s Club America on Wednesday, haven’t won the La Liga title in two seasons and have failed to win the UEFA Champions League crown since 2002. However, this is a new era for Spain’s richest club, with the arrival of former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho. Bruce Arena’s men, on the other hand, advanced to the MLS final last season and are the favorites to grab the trophy this term.
LA’s Landon Donovan has begun to enjoy a celebrity status in the United States after a superb performance in SouthAfrica, but tonight, his fame will be overshadowed by that of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine hitman Gonzalo Higuain as well as a trio of Spain’s World Cup winning heroes—Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos.
Madrid will be without Brazilian playmaker Kaka, who recently had knee surgery and could be out for four months. And we all know that Galaxy’s David Beckham is so injured.
The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. Pacific. Pasadena officials are encouraging all those attending the game to arrive before 6:00 p.m. to help avoid traffic delays. Early-arriving fans will be able to take advantage of the Galaxy’s Soccerfest.