08 August 2006

Match 11.C Preview: Real Madrid CF

Match #: 11C

Opponent: Real Madrid, International Friendly

DC United, 13-2-6, 45 pts, 1st in East Conference , 1st in MLS
Real Madrid, Pre-Season, Last Season 20-8-10, 2nd in La Liga

TV: CSN, MLSlive.tv - 11PM

Previous Meeting: First Encounter

Suggested Pregame Music: Nirvana's "Come as You Are"

The Stakes: I am really looking forward to seeing United match up against the Galacticos. Real Madrid is bringing:

Goalkeepers – Iker Casillas, Diego Lopez, Adan

Defenders – Michel Salgado, Roberto Carlos, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Cannavaro, Ivan Helguera, Cininho, Raul Bravo, Jonathan Woodgate, Paco Pavon,

Midfielders - Emerson, Julio Baptista, Pablo Garcia, David Beckham, Javi Garcia, De la Red, JuanFran, Balboa

Forwards – Raul, Robinho, Cassano, Ruud Van Nistelrooy

This should be a great exhibition game. If you are going to have mid-season friendlies you might as well have them with the most successful club in the world. Kudos for both MLS and DC United to get this game no matter what, I know I would have liked to be there in person but this game is important to play to get the DC United brand out into the world.

Obviously the stakes aren't for very much as long as DC United doesn't embarrass itself. No staunch euro-snob is going to give credence to a good United showing but hopefully we'll get a few of the the smarter ones to start following United with some quality soccer. Not to mention this game is being played in Seattle, so there should be plenty of US Soccer supporters to impress. Plus there is the international press that DC United can garner with a good showing, I mean we have already beaten Celtic, were mentioned in just about every Chelsea v. MLS, and now this match. Hopefully our boys will be going for the trifecta (anyone place that bet before the Celtic game?).

Things I'd like to see: Adu embarrassing Beckham. A goal by Bozilla. A win. No injuries.

Previews from the DCUniverse: EDIT: DC Sundevil, Quarter Volley

Expected Yield: N/A. Anything can happen. However, I'm pulling for a DC win.

Kinney's Location: EDIT: Looks like I forgot that Project Runway is from 10 to 11, so I will be at home flipping over as soon as Hedi says "Auf Wiedersehen." And yes, I do have a girlfriend, why do you ask?

Last Words: "Say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos."

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At 09 August, 2006 02:12, Anonymous Matt said...

Guys....i'll carry the dc supporters tourch.

i'll be wearing my dc jersey and telling all that we are going to kick real's ass....


i'll let you all know how the crowd feels...since you can all see the game yourselves i'll let kinney tell you how we played.

At 09 August, 2006 02:14, Anonymous Matt said...

oh....and i'd just like to thank the idiot that scheduled this game in Seattle.

Makes no sense...but as a severely displaced DC fan...i'm happy...

At 09 August, 2006 14:21, Anonymous Matt said...

There is expected to be 65,000 people at Qwest Field for the game tonight. 60k tickets already sold.

At 09 August, 2006 15:09, Anonymous GUTuna said...

Are these guys the most successful soccer club in European history, Walter?

No Donny, these men are cowards.

At 10 August, 2006 00:08, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an impressive showing by DC United. Adu looks great out there!


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