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Friday, May 6, 2011
It's official: Galaxy vs. Real Madrid

By Scott French

The Galaxy on Friday made official its game this summer against Real Madrid, which will go July 16 at the Coliseum.

It's the second successive year L.A. has met the Merengues, one of the world's great clubs, which is expected to spend preseason training again in Southern California under manager Jose Mourinho, who also has brought Chelsea and Inter Milan to UCLA.

Real Madrid, which this season won the Copa del Rey, reached the UEFA Champions League semifinals and are on target to finish second in the Spanish La Liga, toppled the Galaxy, 3-2, in front of 89,134 last August at the Rose Bowl.

The Coliseum match is the fifth announced as part of Major League Soccer and CAA Sports' World Football Challenge. The highlight of the series is a July 30 meeting in Landover, Md., between Barcelona and Manchester United -- a rematch of the upcoming UEFA Champions League final. The other three announced dates pit Man United against MLS clubs.