Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Rafael Van der Vaart are just some of the big names that will join new head coach José Mourinho in Los Angeles for Real Madrid’s international friendly against the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 7.
Headlining the roster is Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be among those that is arriving today at 4 p.m. The 2008 FIFA Player of the Year winner is one of the more recognizable athletes in the world. In his first year in Spain last year, Ronaldo scored 33 goals in 37 games played and helped lead his club to a 31-4-3 record, good for 96 points, just three points behind league champion, Barcelona, in Spain’s La Liga standings.
A nine-time European champion and 31-time champion of Spain’s La Liga, Real Madrid named in late May two-time Champions League winner José Mourinho as the club’s new head coach. For this game, Mourinho will use his full roster of international stars available for selection, including 2007 FIFA Player of the Year Kaka, Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart and Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who this summer, became the first Spanish player to ever lift the World Cup championship trophy. The 2010 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove winner had six saves in Spain’s 1-0 win over Holland, in extra time, in the final.
Real Madrid 2010 U.S. Tour Roster
GOALKEEPER (3) – Iker Casillas*, Jerzy Dudek, Antonio Adán
DEFENDERS (8) – Raul Albiol*, Alvaro Arbeola*, Ezequiel Garay, Pepe, Nacho Fernández, Sergio Ramos*, Marcelo
MIDFIELDER (12) – Xabi Alonso*, Sergio Canales*, Lassana Diarra, Royston Ricky Drenthe, Mahamadou Diarra, Ángel Fabian Di María*, Fernando Gago, Esteban Granero, Álex Fernández, Kaka*, Pedro Leon, Marcos Tébar, Rafael van der Vaart*, Sami Khedira
FORWARD (5) – Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain*, Álvaro Morata, Juanfran Moreno, Cristiano Ronaldo
HEAD COACH – José Mourinho
*Indicates players that will arrive at a later date.
Tickets for this game are on sale now starting at just $40 by calling 1-877-3GALAXY (342-5299) or by visiting www.lagalaxy.com and at all Galaxy Tienda and Ticketmaster locations. For fans of Real Madrid, additional supporters sections have been added for the visiting club. Fans wishing to sit with fellow Real Madrid fans are asked to request tickets in these sections when purchasing their seats.
The Galaxy are urging fans to arrive at the stadium early to avoid getting delayed in traffic. Parking lots open at noon. Tailgating is encouraged and the Galaxy SoccerFest in Lot H will have food, interactive activities and live music beginning at 3:00PM. Arrive early, carpool, ride the free shuttle from Old Pasadena or use public transportation. For more information on traffic, parking and directions please visit: http://www.lagalaxy.com/rosebowlinfo.