GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brian Rowe got the chance that many goalkeepers have sought out—and dreaded—a chance to field a shot from Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. But unlike goalkeepers before him, Rowe held firm as he denied the star three times during LA’s 3-1 defeat to the Spanish giants.
Despite filling in for Carlo Cudicini, who traveled but did not dress, Rowe did well against the Spaniards as he repeatedly made big saves in the LA defeat.
As for the chance to face Ronaldo? Rowe admitted that there was nothing to it.
“It wasn’t different. You just find yourself in the moment and react to it,” said Rowe. “Once you start thinking about who you’re going up against then it gives them advantage. You just react. It’s all natural stuff.”
A video of Rowe speaking to the media after the Madrid match is below...