CHESTER, PA- APRIL 16: Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders FC and Jordan Harvey #2 of the Philadelphia Union chase down the ball at PPL Park on April 16, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game ended 1-1 tie. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Union Will Play Real Madrid In July Friendly, Move Match With Sounders

Game in Seattle will be played on Oct. 8.

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Philadelphia Union Finalize Deal With Real Madrid, Move Game Vs. Seattle Sounders

The Philadelphia Union have apparently finalized their deal to play Spanish giants Real Madrid on July 23 at Lincoln Financial Field as part of the World Football Classic. In order to make room on their schedule, the Union were able to move their road match against the Seattle Sounders to Oct. 8.

Looking at the recently released CONCACAF Champions League schedule, it appears the Sounders may have been supportive of the move as well, as they are probably going to be traveling to Panama for their match on July 26-28. Their schedule appears to be less crowded around Oct. 8. One of the potential stumbling blocks of the deal was a scheduled Division II football match at Qwest Field, but that has apparently been moved.

Union CEO and managing partner Nick Saciewicz explained the move to Philly.com this way:

"It's an honor to play these teams and we will always look to bring these types of teams in. We do this because we believe there is a misperception out there that our football is inferior to people who have never seen us play so this is a chance to prove those people wrong."

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Philadelphia Union Reportedly Want To Alter Schedule To Accomodate Real Madrid Friendly

The Philadelphia Union are reportedly trying to get a regular-season match moved so that they can play a friendly against Real Madrid on July 23. The Spanish giants were originally scheduled to play Club America on that day at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field as part of the World Football Challenge, but have dropped out, according to the same report at Philly.com.

In order to accomodate the schedule change, several things would have to happen. First, the Seattle Sounders would presumably have to agree to make the change which comes during what is currently a scheduled period of rest for them. There is also a Division II football match currently scheduled at Qwest on that date, which would have to be moved. The Union are also reportedly demanding that Real Madrid use their first-team players, which may or may not be possible due to other international tournaments likely requiring the use of such players as Brazilians Kaka and Pepe and Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain and Angel DiMaria Read.

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