Real Madrid vs L.A. Galaxy: Los Blancos Rub Salt in Galaxy's Wounds, Win 4-1

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  Cristiano Ronaldo #7 of Real Madrid celebrates his goal against  Los Angeles Galaxy during the Herbalife World Challenge 2011 friendly soccer game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You would have to literally be blind, stupid and possibly dead to not see this one coming. Which means you probably did.

Both protagonists followed the script on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid Club de Futbol rolling through goals by Jose Callejon, Joselu, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema en route to a predictable 4-1 victory over Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy.

By the way, a certain Adam Cristman did prevent the imminent shutout from happening, long after the outcome had been decided.

Sound familiar? That's because a team from Sandy, Utah—with a vaguely similar moniker—registered an identical scoreline. It must be a Real thing for any team with the Real moniker to make the Galaxy look like a bunch of peasants on the pitch.

Indeed, both Real Salt Lake and Real Madrid have formed a cooperative agreement, culminating in a youth academy that now competes in the US Soccer Development Academy. And they also have a biennial friendly series, just to sweeten the deal.

Coincidence? Perhaps.

On the Galaxy end, the team in their drab Punjab kits simply didn't want to bother. And it's a shame because one would think that the Galaxy would improve on a 3-2 result from last year or at least make it close. Instead they were outrun, outhustled and simply outplayed by a team that felt it was hard done by against a certain side that has a player that starts with "Lionel" and ends with "Messi."

You probably know who I'm referring to here. Good for you.

Moving right along, the Galaxy wrap up this Herbalife World Football Challenge business with a friendly against the other Manchester team. You know, I had to laugh at the announcer referring to Manchester City as "the powerhouse from across the pond."

Remove City, add United, and okay, you now are talking about a powerhouse. This is just the defending FA Cup holders the Galaxy are facing. They did beat Club America 2-0 on Saturday in the World Football Challenge, so this G's side probably knows how capable they are.

In all honesty, this is all about the cold hard cash. This is essentially a bunch of body bag games designed to drawn the casual fans and those who would otherwise not support their local home teams. The coffers get filled and everyone wins, regardless of the outcome.

That's really the only positive that came from the Galaxy's performance, aside from the Cristman consolation goal. The cash keeps flowing and the beat goes on.

All credit should go to Real Madrid. This result should not have surprised anybody because they play a champagne variety of football, laced with smart counterattacking and breathtaking speed. It's like a guest professor from Oxford came to an unassuming community college for one of the most "epic" dissertations to fall on interested ears.

That's all Real did, really. It would be a surprise if Real Madrid did not go perfect on their preseason tour. This may just be the first game, but it's clear that the 2010-11 season is the time where the tables are turned on FC Barcelona.

Stay tuned.

The Los Angeles Galaxy's match with Manchester City FC is scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET.

Ins and Outs

Youth Academy Update

The week may have been a wash for the Los Angeles Galaxy first team, but the Galaxy Youth Academy's Under-16 team prevented the week from becoming a wash for the entire organization.

A successful run with three wins and a draw propelled them to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Under-15/16 Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

They began the campaign with a 1-1 draw against Real So Cal at Uihlein Soccer Park's Time Warner Cable Stadium. Ivan Vasquez scored in the 32nd minute for the Young G's.

The Dallas Texans were roughhoused by the Galaxy 4-0 thanks to the Dhillon brothers at Quad Park Stadium on the campus of Marquette High School. Sean Dhillon recorded a brace in the 33rd and 68th minutes while Justin Dhillon made it 3-0 in the 59th minute. Manuel Padilla opened the scoring 17 minutes into the contest.

Wrapping up group play, the Galaxy got some well-deserved payback for the first team's demise to the Seattle Sounders in the US Open Cup with a 3-0 shellacking at Uihlean Soccer Park. Sebastian Velasquez opened up the scoring in the 49th minute, Justin Dhillon made it 2-0 in the 57th minute and Jack McBean, fresh off of FIFA U-17 World Cup action in Mexico, rounded out the scoring in the 60th minute of play.

That set up a showdown between LA and the PA Classics. This was a no-contest as the Galaxy Under-16s, in a fitting irony, defeated the Classics 4-1.

Sean Dhillon led the scoring just two minutes into the contest. After Kyle Bitterman equalized for the Classics, the Young G's went on a tear.

William Raygoza recorded the go-ahead goal at the hour mark, Justin Dhillon made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute and Drew Murphy put the final nail in the coffin in the 75th minute of play.

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Galaxy Youth Academy Under-16s for not only winning the Development Academy crown, but salvaging what could have been a devastating week of futility for the Galaxy organization.


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