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Galacticos Seal Easy Win in DC

August 10, 2009

Real Madrid gave 72,000 fans a bit of a show Sunday afternoon in a 3 – 0 victory over DC United.

The majority of the crowd was dressed in Los Blancos white although the home side brought numbers from their usual ground of RFK on to FedEx Stadium.  The larger venue had been selected in order to sell more tickets and feed the coffers at Madrid so they can keep spending £200 million every summer, and although the stadium looked full, the match did not sell out.

I shelled out for 13th row seats because tickets were a Father’s Day gift to my Dad, and the extra expense was worth it to catch the 3 Real goals up close.

Both sides announced their starting 11 and a moment of silence was upheld prior to kickoff to honor the life of recently deceased Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque.

The La Liga powerhouse started newcomers Kaka, Ronaldo, and Xabi Alonso, but I was disappointed to miss Karim Benzema, who was noticeably left out of the match.

The first half ended 0-0 with not much to report on but getting to see Ronaldo’s diving antics first hand, which won a bit of jeering from the crowd.  DC United’s goalkeeper, Josh Wicks held his own, giving DC fans hope that they’d actually be able to come away with a draw.  But hope subsided in the second half, when Real turned on the heat and replaced players with Raul and Arjen Robben.  The pace picked up immediately with Robben playing like he definitely had something to prove.  Perhaps the Dutchman knows he needs to show Real Manager Manuel Pelligrini that he deserves to continue making appearances for the club.

Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain hit net twice within two minutes for the Galacticos and Arjen Robben finished off the scoring with a cheeky chip placed over DC reserve goal keeper Milos Kocic.

In total, Madrid out-shot DC 19-4 and keeping at least a first half sheet clean, Josh Wicks, earned his $42,000 annual salary.  Yes, you read correctly.  Cristiano Ronaldo earns that much at one training session.  Sort of puts things into perspective…and makes a 3-nil loss a bit understandable.

My Man of the Match: Arjen Robben

Best Looking Man of the Match: DC United’s Chris Pontius

Katie Hearts DC


5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 2:07 pm

    Real madrid goes to champions league 2010!!!!

  2. August 11, 2009 12:37 am

    judging from the picture, you had pretty sweet seats. quite low to the pitch too.

    isnt there a chris pontius the actor?

  3. August 11, 2009 1:18 am

    Yes, the guy from Jackass. I’m referring to this tasty treat though:

    Seats were great; my dad enjoyed his day out. I drank a bit too much but a fantastic day all around.

  4. Rite$h permalink
    August 11, 2009 9:07 am

    losing 3-0 to a galactic team is nothing to be ashamed of, even United were beaten in the past by such a scoreline when they met real madrid or ac milan. Madrid will be more menacing this season in the champions league, been some time they have not played a final


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