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Real Madrid C.F. set for showdown with the Union at the Linc, stars in tow

Posted on 22 July 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union will face world soccer giants Real Madrid tomorrow night without their leading goalscorer in international friendlies for 2011, academy player Christian Hernandez.

Sarcasm folks  but it’s the truth!

Hernandez and any players not under contract with the Union will have to sit this one out as Real Madrid visits for World Football Challenge play. Los Merengues arrive in Philadelphia welcomed by incredible heat but satisfied with their earlier performances, a 4-1 win over Los Angeles and a 3-0 shutout, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo hattrick, of Chivas de Guadalajara. You can expect a strong, starting lineup consisting of eleven of the players below. Anyway you really look at it, it’s world class. What are you prediciting as a Union fan? Will the three goal deficit trend continue for Real Madrid opponents or will the Union give them a run for their money?

Take a look at the names the Union will be hosting tomorrow night:

1 Iker Casillas GK (420 appearances for Real Madrid and over 120 caps for the Spanish national team including a World Cup championship)

2 Ricardo Carvalho DF

3 Pepe DF

4 Sergio Ramos DF

6 Sami Khedira MF

7 Cristiano Ronaldo FW  (53 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions last season)

8 Kaka MF

9 Karim Benzema FW (26 goals in 48 apps. in all competitions last season)

10 Mesut Özil MF

11 Esteban Granero MF

12 Marcelo DF

13 Antonio Adán GK

14 Xabi Alonso MF

15 Fabio Coentrão DF

17 Alvaro Arbeola DF

18 Raul Albiol DF

19 Raphael Varane DF

21 Jose Maria Callejon MF

25 Tomas Mejias GK

26 Jorge Casado DF

27 Jose Fernández “Nacho” DF

28 Jese Rodriguez FW

29 Jose Luis Mato FW

35 Jesus Fernandez GK

The fun will start at 9:00PM at Lincoln Financial Field. For those driving, please be aware that you’ll be competing with a 4:00PM Phillies game as well as a Rihanna concert that starts at 8:00PM. Traffic hell to say the least with over 60,000 plus expected at the Linc.

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The Union to play Spanish giants Real Madrid on July 23rd

Posted on 19 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Jose Mourinho and his star-studded cast of soccer greats will visit Philadelphia on their last stop before heading home after a long tour of the USA. More details will be announced but it will be held at Lincoln Financial Field on July 23rd.

The Philadelphia Daily News has been getting to the bottom of all this:

On Tuesday, a source close to negotiations told the Daily News that scheduling issues and the Union’s desire to play the Spanish Cup champions’ first team and not a group of reserves delayed an announcement. The Union had a prior MLS engagement against Seattle at Qwest Field on the same date, but that game was rescheduled to the last remaining FIFA open date, Oct. 8. Further complicating the rescheduled date was that Qwest Field was scheduled to host an NCAA Division II college football game between Eastern Washington and Western Oregon.

Yesterday, Union CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz confirmed that everything has been ironed out. He praised all who aided in getting this deal finalized. – LINK

The game will be held on July 23rd, a quick turnaround from the Union’s first scheduled international friendly against American goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton of the English Premier League. Both games are flanked by important regular season matches against New England (July 17) and the defending champs, Colorado (July 29) so it will be a tough haul for the Union in July. Madrid, at that point in their preseason, will be facing off against other big name North American squads just days before. They’re scheduled to play the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 16th and Chivas de Guadalajara (a Union foe last season) three days later on the 19th.

For more, head here. And for the reaction of Sounders fans, check here (see comments).

I don’t think that anyone will disagree that it’s worth it, especially if there’s something in place to ensure that at least an ‘A-/B+” team is playing for Real Madrid.

What do you think of that busy July – too much congestion? Excited to possibly see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, new midfield general Nuri Sahin, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, and Iker Casillas at Lincoln Financial Field? The list of stars continues – Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Pepe, etc…but does it diminish the importance of the regular season fixtures? We want to hear your opinion.

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Real Madrid take over Toronto

Posted on 10 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

It was a great event as TFC hosted Real Madrid at BMO Field. The crowd was lively and packed the stadium beyond capacity. BMO Field broke its capacity record with the addition of  seats surrounding the field and the north stand hitting the 22,089 people in attendance mark.

It came as no surprise in the first half with Real Madrid dominating the game and maintaining possession. Real Madrid played simple passing in attempt to break the TFC defense with the first goal coming from Raul in the 13th minute as the defense failed to clear their lines. Minutes later Ronaldo converted a goal after a pass from Benzema to score his first goal for Real Madrid from open play rather than from the penalty spot. In the 26th minute Raul capitalized on another bad clearance opportunity after Albiol crossed the ball from the right all the way to the far post, which Metzelder headed the other way where Raul was there waiting to put it in the back of the net. Toronto FC had their chances  with the best coming from Pablo Vitti who was denied by Iker Casillas and another off a free kick as Amado Guevara did not miss the target by much.

In the second half even following all the substitutions Real Madrid continued to dominate. Dwayne De Rosario had a chance for TFC that was saved by Dudek after it took a slight deflection. In the 65th minute Benzema put in an easy goal with an open net in-front of him after a last minute pass from Alvaro Negredo. Ten minutes later Toronto put themselves on the scoreboard after O’Brian White took a shot that forced Dudek to make a save, leaving a rebound for Gabe Gala to put it in the back of the net. Four minutes before full time Real Madrid put the icing on the cake with Robben‘s goal after a pass from Karim Benzema.

Final score: Toronto FC 1, Real Madrid 5

It was over all a great showcase for the fans and a great experience for all TFC players. Toronto FC deserve a round of applause as they maintained an entertaining match by creating chances and not making Real Madrid’s job easy. Marvel Wynne had an outstanding game, holding up against Cristiano Ronaldo’s attack and beating him to the ball in many occasions with his speed. While Chad Barrett also maintained a physical battle with Royston Drenthe. TFC now await DC United’s arrival in Toronto for their match on Saturday at BMO Field.

All rumors that surfaced prior to the game about new TFC signings and a possible departure of Marco Velez have not proven true, at least not yet.  Also match predictions from the pre-game report some what held true with the exception of  the scoreline differential ending up four rather than three.

Real Madrid:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas.
Defenders: Royston Drenthe,  Raul Albiol, Christoph Metzelder, Alvaro Arbeloa.
Midfielders: Kaka, Guti, Lassana Diarra.
Karim Benzema, Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Toronto FC:
Goalkeepers: Stefan Frei
Defenders: Marvell Wynne, Emmanuel Gomez, Adrian Serioux, Jim Brennan.
Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario, Amado Guevara, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson.
Forwards: Ali Gerba, Pablo Vitti.

Real Madrid:

46th minute:
Jerzey Dudek on for Iker Casillas
Esteban Granero on for Raul Albiol
Pepe on for Alvaro Arbeloa
Miguel Torres for Kaka
62nd minute:
Arjen Robben on for Cristiano Ronaldo
63rd minute:
Alvaro Negrado on for Raul
Xabi Alonso on for Guti
80th minute:
Wesley Sneijder on for Royston Drenthe,
Ezequiel Garay on for Christoph Metzelder
Toronto FC:
46th minute:
Brian Edwards on for Stefan Frei
Nick Garcia on for Adrian Serioux
Chad Barret on for Amado Guevara
Amadou Sanyang on for Carl Robinson.
63rd minute:
O’Brian White on for Ali Gerba
72nd minute:
Gabe Gala on for Chad Barrett
74th minute:
Danny Dichio on for Pablo Vitti
80th minute:
Marco Velez on for Emmanuel Gomez
82nd minute:
Faud Ibrahim on for Jim Brennan

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TFC, Real Madrid face off at BMO Field

Posted on 06 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Friday, Aug. 7 marks a historic occasion for Toronto FC as they take on one of the most successful clubs in the world.

Real Madrid will play in the first match of their North American tour when they come to Toronto. This will mark Real Madrid’s first visit to Canada this century and second overall after Aug. 25, 1961 when they played Toronto City in Vancouver. In addition, this match will mark BMO Field’s first match on (temporary) grass and second with extra stands; which TFC fans hope is a good sign for the future of the facility and club.
Real Madrid arrived Thursday afternoon and will be having an open practice later that evening. It has been announced that the game is sold out and more than 16, 000 seats have been sold for the open practice.

This will mark the end of the clustered portion of Toronto’s schedule which included a few disappointing results and elimination from the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Canadian side must showcase a decent result against the Spanish giants to ensure self respect.

A few players are rumored to be on trial and/or negotiating contracts with the club and may in fact see action on the field against Real Madrid. The rumored names include Lesly Fellinga and Dominique van Dijk.

Following this match TFC stays home to take on D.C. United on Saturday of the following week.
TFC players are excited about this experience and are looking forward to playing against the caliber of the Madrid players.

Official Game Squad List:
Stefan Frei, Brian Edwards.
Marvell Wynne, Amadou Sanyang, Emmanuel Gomez, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Adrian Serioux, Nick Garcia.
Pablo Vitti, Amado Guevara, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson, Gabe Gala.
O’Brian White, Chad Barrett, Dwayne De Rosario, Ali Gerba, Danny Dichio.
*Nana Attakora and Fuad Ibrahim are still questionable and may not be included due to injury and being away with the national team camp respectively.
*Marco Velez’s appearance may be in question as rumours have surfaced suggesting a possible loan to Puerto Rico Islanders.

Previous four match results:
vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (Away) = 0-0 Draw
vs. New England Revolution
(Away) = 1-1 Draw
vs. Puerto Rico Islanders
(Home) = 1-0 Loss
vs. Columbus Crew
(Away)= 3-2 Loss


Real Madrid:
Following a decent first half of their preseason; Real Madrid will now head to North America for their second half to face-off against TFC and D.C United.
The Spanish giants will include a few names that will be making their debuts for the club such as Kaka, Albiol and Arbeloa. While Iker Casillas will be seeing action with the club for the first time in preseason following his Confederations Cup involvement.
Everyone else will be available for selection including new signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Negredo, Esteban Granero, and Karim Benzema. Ezequiel Garay will also be available after returning to Real Madrid following his loan spell at Racing Santander.
In recent news, Xabi Alonso has  just signed for Real Madrid this week and has passed his medial; and will travel with the team for the North American tour. With the surface of these news he may in-fact make his debut in Toronto.
Following this match Real Madrid will travel to face-off against D.C. united in their second match of the North American tour. Then they will travel back to Madrid for the rest of their preseason with matches against various other opponents including Real Sociedad,  Borussia Dortmund and  AC Milan.

Official Game Squad List:
Casillas, Dudek, Adan.
DF: Pepe, Albiol, Metzelder, Garay, Torres, Arbeloa.
: Lass, Xabi Alonso, Sneijder, Robben, Guti, Drenthe, Granero, Kaka.
Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain, Negredo.
*Ramos, Gago, Marcelo, Van der Vaart, Diarra and Van Nistelrooy are not included due to injury or transfer speculation and will stay in Spain.

Previous four match results:
vs. Juventus (Away)= 2-1 Loss
vs. Liga de Quito (Home)= 4-2 Win
Al-Ittihad (Home)= 1-1 Draw
vs. Shamrock Rovers (Away) = 1-0 Win


Match Predictions:

  • Line-ups for both teams will be anyone’s guess as this friendly will possibly see everyone be included.
  • Real Madrid should dominate and win the match with ease.
  • Toronto FC will play for pride rather than for the win.
  • Record attendance for TFC and BMO Field.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 20%, a draw at 25%, and a loss at  55%.
  • Final score prediction: Toronto 0, Real Madrid 3

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