Monday, August 22, 2005

MLS in The Bernabéu!

Tomorrow, an all-star team of players from MLS will play Real Madrid in one of the great cathedrals of soccer, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (or just Bernabéu for short). This is the equivalent of an Australian Basebal League all-star team playing the Yankees in the Bronx.

Technically, the winner of this match wins a trophy called Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu but in reality it is an exhibition match that will be treated differently by both sides.

This is Real Madrid's last pre-season match before starting league play next week. So, they'll be focusing on playing well but not taking any injuries while trying out a few new players. The MLS owners and administrators will see this as a chance to prove to the soccer elites of the world that MLS has grown competively over it's ten-year existence. And lastly, many of the players will see the match as a chance to exhibit their skills for European scouts of teams with big payrolls.

If MLS keeps it close during the first half, then the second half could be an entertaining 45 minutes of soccer. If Real Madrid pops in a quick pair early in the match, the game will lose a lot of its steam. Hopefully, it'll be the former scenario.

The game will be shown on Fox Sports Channel at 3:30pm EST with a few re-broadcasts over the next few nights.

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