Real Madrid vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: 6 Things We Learned
What a whipping! But then again, that's what you expect when you are a middle-of-the-road MLS team like Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy.
They were thoroughly dismantled by Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid by a score of 5-1 on Thursday. The match was part of the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge and it took place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Real Madrid continue their preseason tour on Sunday against Santos Laguna in Las Vegas; the Galaxy resume MLS play against the Seattle Sounders.
Here are six things we learned from Thursday's woodshed treatment.
1. No Pride Whatsoever from the Los Angeles Galaxy
The Los Angeles Galaxy lacked the one thing that makes football the greatest game on earth: pride.
Where was their pride when they went down 3-1 at halftime? What the mostly Real Madrid fans saw was a team that gave up and quit after the Alvaro Morata goal in the 49th minute for Los Blancos.
The Los Angeles Galaxy could learn a thing or two when approaching these types of matches. Will they play with a sense of pride and purpose when they travel to Seattle?
2. David Junior Lopes Scores Again
The only bright spot for Los Angeles was the goal from David Junior Lopes in the 23rd minute. While Real Madrid put on a much-improved performance offensively, they still proved they are capable of being their own worst enemy on defense.
David Beckham's delivery found Omar Gonzalez, who redirected the ball toward Lopes. The back line of Raphael Varane, Nacho Fernandez, Raul Albiol and Fabio Coentrao were not set, and Lopes scored only his second-ever goal in a Galaxy uniform.
3. An off Night for CR7...but for Now, He Can Deal with It
We thought that Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be the star of the show. Unfortunately, he failed to score and give the fans their money's worth.
His best chance came in the 86th minute off an overhead kick, but LA's backup goalkeeper Brian Perk collected it.
Given that he played 45 minutes and it was against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Cristiano Ronaldo can live with having an off night.
4. Gonzalo Higuain...as Advertised!
Gonzalo Higuain scored 26 goals last season in all competitions for Real Madrid.
He opened up the scoring with authority just two minutes into the match thanks to Angel Di Maria, who also scored nine minutes later.
Higuain's shot exposed Lopes, who had been on notice for the 45 minutes he was on the pitch.
5. Real Madrid's Depth Gets It Done
Real Madrid have some of the finest footballing talent in the world, and their depth has led to some exquisite goals.
Angel Di Maria in the 11th. Jose Callejon in the 36th. Alvaro Morata (pictured) in the 49th. Jese Rodriguez in the 84th.
These are players that may not get most of the attention, but they are able to deliver on any given night. That's how one-sided this match became.
6. The Largest Crowd in Home Depot Center History
The match may not have gone the way of the Los Angeles Galaxy, but Thursday night's contest set a new attendance record at the Home Depot Center.
A total of 30,317 people (over capacity) came to watch Real Madrid kick off the U.S. leg of their preseason tour in grand fashion.