Real Madrid's quartet of goals trump defenseless Galaxy

KakaBeckham (Reuters) 


LOS ANGELES, Calif – Real Madrid came back to LA with the same agenda as last year: to beat LA. And they did just that as Cristiano Ronaldo and company unleashed a 4-1 clinic on the Galaxy Saturday night at the LA Coliseum.

Jose Mourinho has played against the Galaxy on several occasions with Chealsea, Inter Milan and twice with Madrid. The Portuguese coach likes playing against LA for one sole reason: their focus is not entirely on the defense.

“They are not obsessed with the result, they want to play football and they don’t want to play a defensive match,” Mourinho said. “And because of that I like to train here in the preseason.”

The Galaxy’s play Saturday night was anything but defensive as they allowed four unanswered goals; two by youngsters and the others by Galacticos.

Los Merengue’s took the lead in the 31st minute of play. A galaxy heavy touch was converted to a breakaway. Kaka outletted the ball to a wide open Jose Callejon and beat Josh Saunders in the finish for his goal in a Madrid shirt.  

Minutes before the half Madrid struck again. Joselu scored off a David Beckham deflection. The ricochet had enough spin to roll around Saunders into net.

Cristiano Ronaldo came in as a second half substitution and quickly made his mark. His fancy footwork star struck a trio of defenders and blasted it in from an angle. Karim Benzema scored later off a header.

LA’s only goal came by way of Adam Cristman in minute 66. Back up keeper Antonio Adan parried a shot right to him and headed it in off the volley.

“Certainly the better team won,” said Bruce Area who admitted fatigue from Wednesday’s US Open game in Seattle played a big factor on his side’s performance. Apparently, guys were just too tired to play defense.

  • JB

    With 6 games in 20 days, thank God we didn’t spend much energy playing defense.


  • maka

    I hope all the screaming girls and Eurosnobs had fun. Aren’t these friendlies great?

    Something substantive? Josh Saunders is too good to be a back-up.


  • matt

    So is fatigue the reason Gonzalez didn’t even dress for the match? Or has he picked up a knock recently?


  • Shane

    Do you really need to distinguish between screaming girls and eurosnobs? A bit redundant.


  • Benny Dargle

    Omar has a broken nose and is out for awhile. Pretty tough injury for a central defender who feasts on balls in the air.


  • Creige VA

    I thought it was an entertaining fluid game by both sides. Far different then the New England Man U debacle, which showcased the worst MLS has to offer. The best MLS teams should only be allowed to play these to clubs.


  • Mikey

    Twellman should be hollering in Arena’s ear right now. AJ clearly hasn’t recovered from that concussion.

    As a non-Galaxy fan, I wonder if this combined with the Open Cup loss is a harbinger of a slump for the Galaxy. While it was a friendly last night, it was the same disjointed team from Wednesday too. Trend?


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