L.A. Galaxy vs. Real Madrid @ University of Phoenix Stadium David Beckham is no longer there to bend it for the L.A. Galaxy, but there are still plenty of stars on the squad that might offer the Cristiano Renaldo-led Real Madrid a challenge. They will at least make the game entertaining as the Spanish La Liga team utilizes a super quick-paced brand of futbol that dwarfs anything a Major League Soccer team can muster up -- even one with Phoenix native and veteran midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and the U.S.'s biggest star, Landon Donovan, back from his self-imposed hiatus.
In reality, it's the 28-year-old Renaldo, arguably the world's best player, luring fans to the stadium. With a talented squad of lightning fast supporting players -- including Kaka, Sergio Ramos, and Xabi Alonso -- is there any doubt Renaldo will score? Not much, though the Galaxy's focus will be on shutting him down. Yet, considering he scored 55 goals in 56 appearances during the 2012-13 campaign, his eyes are always on the prize.
Catch the "friendly" beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive in Glendale. Tickets are $35 and up via www.ticketmaster.com. -- GlennBurnSilver