Los Angeles Galaxy to Play Real Madrid In 2011 World Football Challenge

The summer of friendlies keeps getting more interesting, as does the 2011 World Football Challenge. Major League Soccer announced Friday that Los Angeles Galaxy will take on La Liga giants Real Madrid at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, July 16 (10 p.m. ET).

This game is also expected to see Galaxy midfielder David Beckham face his former team for the first time since joining the Galaxy in 2007

"We are very excited to once again welcome back Real Madrid along with manager José Mourinho and their cadre of international talent to Los Angeles," Galaxy President Tom Payne said. "Last year more than 89,000 fans witnessed these two clubs face off and the excitement for this rematch, at the historic Coliseum, will surely capture the attention of all sports fans in Southern California."    

This will be the third meeting between the two squads. The Galaxy first played Real Madrid on July 18, 2005 at The Home Depot Center, losing 2-0 behind goals from Michael Owen and Roberto Soldado in front of a capacity crowd. Last year, they played in front of more than 89,000 fans on August 7 at the Rose Bowl. The Galaxy led that game 2-0 at halftime on goals from Todd Dunivant and Landon Donovan, only for Real to score three unanswered goals in the second half, two from Gonzalo Higuain and one from Xabi Alonso, to claim a 3-2 win..    

The Galaxy full season seat holders will be eligible for a special presale prior to the public on sale. Real Madrid's remaining World Football Challenge games will be announced at a later date.

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