GALAXY: Real Madrid brings its stars

July, 28, 2010
7/28/10
3:27
PM PT
Not all of Real Madrid's stars will be on the plane that arrives Wednesday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport, but the Spanish powerhouse will be at full strength by the time it meets the L.A. Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 7.

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Coach Jose Mourinho arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday with Real Madrid..


Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho, who has previously brought Chelsea and AC Milan to Southern California for preseason training and friendlies, has a superstar roster featuring 11 players who competed at the World Cup in South Africa, including five from champion Spain.

The biggest names: Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 33 goals in 37 Spanish Primera Liga matches last season, Brazilian playmaker Kaka, Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain, Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, and Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, defender Sergio Ramos and midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo captained their teams in South Africa.

Other World Cup players on Real Madrid's roster are Portuguese defender Pepe, Spanish defenders Raul Albiol and Alvaro Arbeola, and Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria, who just arrived from Portuguese giant Benfica.

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Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is one of the many stars Real Madrid brought for its tour of the U.S, which includes a game next Wednesday at Candlestick Park in San Francisco against Mexico's Club America.


The frontline also features Karim Benzema, who was controversially left off France's World Cup roster after he was caught up, along with fellow French stars Franck Ribery, Sidney Govou and Hatem Ben Arfa, in an underage-prostitution scandal in Paris. Benzima was charged last week with solicitation of a minor prostitute.

Real Madrid's roster for the game against the Galaxy (Spanish nationality unless otherwise noted):

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Jerzy Dudek (Poland), Antonio Adan
Defenders: Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeola, Royston Ricky Drenthe (Netherlands), Ezequiel Garay (Argentina), Pepe (Portugal), Nacho Fernández, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo (Brazil)
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Sergio Canales, Lassana Diarra (France), Mahamadou Diarra (Mali), Ángel Fabian Di María (Argentina), Fernando Gago (Argentina), Esteban Granero, Álex Fernández, Kaka (Brazil), Pedro Leon, Marcos Tébar, Rafael van der Vaart (Netherlands)
Forwards: Karim Benzema (France), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina), Álvaro Morata, Juanfran Moreno, Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

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