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Galaxy to play host to Real Madrid

May 07, 2012|By Kevin Baxter
  • Iker Casillas, left, and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate Thursday at Cibeles square after Real Madrid won the La Liga championship.
Iker Casillas, left, and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate Thursday at Cibeles… (Andres Kudacki / Associated…)

La Liga champion Real Madrid, led by striker Cristiano Ronaldo, will visit the Home Depot Center on Aug. 2 to meet the defending Major League Soccer champion Galaxy in an international friendly.

The game is part of this summer's World Football Challenge, an exhibition tournament matching top clubs from Europe with MLS teams. As part of the series Chelsea of the English Premier League will meet eight-time French Cup winner Paris Saint-Germain of France’s Ligue 1 on July 22 in the first-ever soccer match at the new Yankee Stadium. 

Real Madrid, which reached the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League before losing to Bayern Munich on penalty kicks, clinched its first Spanish league title since 2008 with a win over Athletic Bilbao last week. The team is 31-2-4 this season but more impressively Real Madrid has scored 117 goals.

Aside from Ronaldo, who has scored 59 times in all competitions this season, the Real Madrid roster includes World Cup stars Iker Casillas, Gonzalo Higuain and Xabi Alonso and Argentine standout Kaka.

Real Madrid will be the second top European club to stop at the Home Depot Center this summer. Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League will play the Galaxy on July 24.

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