Real Madrid vs Club America in San Francisco

4 08 2010

Real Madrid and Club America will do battle (laugh) in San Francisco tonight at 8 p.m. at Candlestick Park. Here’s my preview of the game. More to come after the game.

Global heavyweights collide at Candlestick
By Julio Lara, Daily Journal Staff
Two titans of international football are set to face each other in an exhibition match tonight at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.Real Madrid of Spain and Club America of Mexico, two of the more storied franchises in their respective countries, will play to what organizers hope is a packed house Wednesday.

While no one is expecting much in terms of a fiery competition from this contest, the buzz surrounding this match among Bay Area football fans is high with hopes of catching a glimpse of some pretty big football stars.

Considering the make-up of said games, which turn out to be a little more than glorified scrimmages, a glimpse might be all soccer fans get.

But the clubs are trying their best to play up the contest.

“They are international matches that help to prove yourself, to enjoy them,” America’s Pavel Pardo said on the team’s website. Pardo is America’s captain and longtime Mexican national team member.

“The fans enjoy it too. It’s a big game for our club. [Real Madrid] is known internationally, and it is known that America is not only a great team in Mexico, but in all Latin America. European fans know us too, so it helps to give our team a name internationally.”

Real Madrid comes into the contest with a new coach in Jose Mourinho and with La Liga set to begin its new season at the end of this month. Real will use this game and another in Los Angeles against Major League Soccer’s L.A Galaxy to parade their universe of stars around the West Coast before heading to Germany to play another international giant in Bayern Munich to begin their European leg of pre-season matches.

While the stars might not get a lot of time on the field, fans are still forking out between $45 and $95 to catch the likes of former FIFA Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, French national team regular Karim Benzema and Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuian along with a handful of members of the Spanish national team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa less than a month ago.

For Club America, winners of 10 Primera Division titles, the game serves as a detour from their current league schedule, which is already two games in. After falling in the opener to Pachuca 3-0, las Aguilas rebounded nicely, defeating Chiapas by the same 3-0 score.

“To play in this type of game, especially against Real Madrid, is a dream for us. It is very motivating and even more if we win. The truth is, there are no words to describe that (feeling),” Pardo said on the team’s website.

Real Madrid and Club America are set to face off at 8 p.m.




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