MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Former AC Milan product Carlo Cudicini got a chance to take on his old club on Wednesday as he started in goal for the LA Galaxy and went 45 minutes in their 2-0 defeat to Milan in the Guinness International Champions Cup Third Place game.
The former Rossoneri goalkeeper was under constant pressure from his old club as Milan dominated the match for wide stretches of the game. Despite allowing two goals, Cudicini stood tall and made several big saves as he stopped a Mario Balotelli free kick in the 11th minute to keep the match scoreless and then denied a Stephen El Shaarawy attempt in the 26th minute.
Although Balotelli and M'Baye Niang both found the back of the net for Milan to seal the victory, Cudicini admits that it was an exciting experience to play against his former team.
“It’s always nice to see some old friends and Milan is my team, so it’s always good to play against them,” said Cudicini. “Red and Black are my colors, so it’s nice to see some old friends and play them.”
Now that the fun and games of the ICC is complete, the Galaxy return to league play on Sunday against FC Dallas. With the lessons learned in the ICC in the back of their mind, Cudicini hopes that the team can build on their experiences.
“We had a great tournament and we played against great players and great clubs, now we have to focus on the league,” said Cudicini. “Sunday is a very important game.”