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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Real Madrid returning to So Cal?

By Scott French

We expect Real Madrid to return to L.A. next summer, as long as Jose Mourinho is in charge -- he's a real Angelenophile -- and the first signs of confirmation have arrived in Mexico's media.

The trip apparently will include big-stadium matches against the Galaxy and Club Deportivo Guadalajara.

Guadalajara-based El Informador is reporting that Real Madrid will face Guadalajara on July 3 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. That would make for an earlier camp than usual -- the Merengues made their preseason trek last year to L.A. in late July -- and no confirmation yet from Soccer United Marketing, Major League Soccer's marketing arm, which owns the rights to Guadalajara's games in the U.S.

We're hearing a different date in San Diego -- July 20, which makes more sense -- and whispers that the Spaniards will meet the Galaxy on July 16 at the Coliseum. A Galaxy official Thursday night said "nothing has been finalized from our side, and these reports are simply rumors at this time."

We expect Real will set up camp at UCLA, Mourinho's favorite preseason facility.

By the way, the newspaper says Guadalajara also will play Barcelona, on Aug. 3 in Miami.