- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 12, 2008
- 2 Comments
It appears that La Liga giants Real Madrid are coming to America this summer to take on a couple MLS sides in some pre-season warm ups before the 2008-09 campagin starts.
Yesterday it was reported that the Spanish champions would be coming to New York (well New Jersey if you want to get all technical) to possibly face the Red Bulls. Apparently Madrid is already scheduled to be in Salt Lake City for a friendly with RSL a week or so before they could potentially be playing the New York side or some other club in Giants Stadium.
If the match does happen, it will mark Real Madrid’s first match at Giants Stadium since its 0-0 friendly against Italian-side Roma on Aug. 8, 2002. A crowd of 70,635 attended that match, so one would only hope that they could draw that kind of number again.
From what Ives said, the two could play on or around August 6th in a midweek match. The exected yet probably not finalized game with RSL is going to either be August 2nd or 9th. RSL has no matches scheduled until the 16th of August but if Madrid is to come my money would be for the RSL game to be on the 2nd and then the Red Bull game to be on the 6th.
Honestly, this is good news for both MLS sides if deals are finalized. Sure they are in the middle of the MLS season and will be during the Olympics (that means is the US make it no Jozy Altidore for the New York game) but they should still be able to attract good crowds and still have some good stars play in it.
I am curious to see what all foreign sides want to come over and play their pre-season matches this year against MLS sides. Liverpool is expected to play in the All-Star game and we could also see more EPL sides here as it is to gear up for the EPL playing in the US for a game in a couple years.
What do you all make of Real Madrid coming to the US to play RSL and New York?