LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The LA Galaxy vs Real Madrid 2011 features tonight one of the best soccer showdown on U.S. shores this month: Beckham vs. Ronaldo. The LA Galaxy vs Real Madrid football game tonight, hostedÂ at LA Memorial Coliseum (and en vivo on ESPN Deportes and ESPN ) ends months of anticipation; Landon Donovan and the Galaxy battle one of the most famed soccer clubs internationally, Real Madrid. When Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos head to the Coliseum, they join the International the Herbalife World Football Challenge; they also give the Galaxy their third attempt at a win.
In a news statement before tonight’s match (start time 7 pm PST), Galaxy President Tom Payne said Saturdayâ€™s match will be a record-setting rematch of last year’s showdown. More than eighty-seven thousand fans saw the match last year at the Coliseum. But joining Real Madrid this year is a new head coach, Jose Mourinho. Will that make a difference?
The first time the Galaxy faced Real Madrid was in 2005. The Galaxy, before a Home Depot Center crowd, lost that game in a final score of 2-0. Last year, the showdown was renewed, moved to the Rose Bowl. At halftime last year, the Galaxy was up 0-2. Todd Donovan and Landon Donovan dominated news with their two stunning goals to put the Galaxy in what appeared to be a winning position. But eventually, the Galaxy lost 3-2 after Gonzalo Higuain delivered two goals, and Xabi Alonso delivered one.
Payne tells news, however, that this year will have a new addition. David Beckham is expected to take to the field and face his former club for the first time since his departure four year ago.
Beckham however tells “Marca” news that Real Madrid still remains the favorite to win tonight. Beckham tells news is he fond of his final 2007 year with Real Madrid. Beckham made the move to Los Angeles after four years with Real Madrid. “I remember my first year playing with Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul, Figo and Roberto Carlos very well. My last year when we won the League was great too.”
â€śWe are very excited to once again welcome back Real Madrid along with manager JosĂ© Mourinho and their cadre of international talent to Los Angeles,â€ť Galaxy President Tom Payne tells news this evening.