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GALAXY: A history vs. Real Madrid

May, 7, 2012
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Galaxy vs Real MadridKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesA.J. DeLaGarza of the Galaxy reacts as the ball bounces in the net after a goal by Jose Callejon of Real Madrid during the Herbalife World Challenge at the L.A. Coliseum on July 16, 2011.

The Galaxy's Aug. 2 friendly against Real Madrid at Home Depot Center, which was announced Monday, will be the fourth meeting between the teams as Jose Mourinho brings the Merengues back to Southern California for the third straight preseason.

The last two were at far bigger venues -- 2010 at the Rose Bowl and last year at the Coliseum -- but this year's battle returns to cozy Home Depot Center, site of the first encounter, back in 2005.

Real Madrid is expected to play more games while in America, and soccer blog The Offside Rules reports that it will meet AC Milan in an Aug. 5 friendly in Las Vegas.

Here is a quick rundown of the first three Galaxy-Real Madrid games:

July 18, 2005, at Home Depot Center
Real Madrid 2, Galaxy 0
David Beckham
makes his L.A. debut, in Real colors, but it's Zinedine Zidane's presence that makes this one of the most special occasions in Southern California soccer history. Zidane was mesmerizing in an hour's performance, and he set up Michael Owen's goal six minutes in. The dominance was greater than the margin of victory -- Roberto Soldado's second-half header doubled the advantage -- but L.A. clearly missed Landon Donovan, in his first year with the club, who was away on national team duty.
Att.: 27,000.

Aug. 7, 2010, at the Rose Bowl
Real Madrid 3, Galaxy 2
L.A. was on its way to an upset after Todd Dunivant and Donovan provided a two-goal lead by halftime, but then Real Madrid put in some of its bigger stars -- Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain, Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas included -- and tore apart the Galaxy. Higuain, coming off a superb World Cup performance for Argentina, scored twice, and Xabi Alonso netted the winner in the 71st minute.
Att.: 89,134.

July 16, 2011, at the Coliseum
Real Madrid 4, Galaxy 1
Real's quality overwhelmed the Galaxy, with Jose Callejon and Joselu scoring in the 15 minutes before halftime and Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the 15 minutes after the break to roll up a 4-0 lead. Fabio Coentrăo, newly arrived from Benfica, was the star among stars, repeatedly probing the L.A. defense and combining to create chances -- if not for Josh Saunders' and Brian Perk's play in the nets, Real might have scored seven or eight. Adam Cristman tallied in the 67th for the Galaxy.
Att.: 56,211.

Real Madrid to bring star-studded team

June, 23, 2011
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Real Madrid's roster for its preseason U.S. tour, including an 11-day camp at UCLA, is out, and -- as one might expect from a preseason roster -- it features all of the club's biggest stars: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Ricardo Carvalho, Mesut Özil, Karim Benzema, Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Sami Khedira.

The Merengues arrive July 11 in Westwood, where Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho will lead training sessions for the second straight year, and have two matches planned in Southern California, on July 16 against the Galaxy at the Coliseum and July 20 against Guadalajara at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Here's the list:

GOALKEEPERS
Antonio Adán (Spain)
Iker Casillas (Spain)

DEFENDERS
Raul Albiol (Spain)
Alvaro Arbeloa (Spain)
Ezequiel Garay (Argentina)
David Mateos (Spain)
Pepe (Portugal)
Sergio Ramos (Spain)
Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal)
Marcelo Viera (Brazil)

MIDFIELDERS
Hamit Altintop (Turkey)
José Callejón (Spain)
Lassana Diarra (France)
Roysten Drenthe (Netherlands)
Fernando Gago (Argentina)
Sergio Canales (Spain)
Kaká (Brazil)
Sami Khedira (Germany)
Pedro León (Spain)
Mesut Özil (Germany)
Nuri Sahin (Turkey)
Xabi Alonso (Spain)

FORWARDS
Karim Benzema (France)
Esteban Granero (Spain)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

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