August 10, 2012
Who: Real Madrid vs. Celtic What: World Football Challenge Where: Lincoln Financial Field When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (kickoff approx. 1:55 p.m.) TV: ESPN2 Tickets/parking: Log onto www.ticketmaster.com; parking is $20 on stadium grounds. Commuter info: SEPTA will run its Sports Express subway trains all day, with the Phillies hosting the Cardinals at 7:05. For kicks: Real Madrid has been on another scoring tear in its annual tour of the United States, coming off a 5-1 rout of Italian giants AC Milan at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.
July 24, 2011 |
So this is what one of the world's best soccer teams looks like. Real Madrid came to Philadelphia demonstrating the pace, the touch, the teamwork and, more important, the skill that has made it such an international soccer power. Despite Real Madrid's abundance of talent, the Union hung in there admirably before losing a 2-1 decision Saturday night in the World Football Challenge before 57,305 at Lincoln Financial Field. Real Madrid dominated the first half, while the Union had the better of the second half, especially the last 20 minutes.
July 25, 2011 |
THERE ARE FEW TIMES when one can say a loss speaks volumes in favor of the loser. But it can be said emphatically in the case of the Union. In front of a raucous crowd of 57,305 at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night, the litmus test that was a 2-1 loss to Spanish power Real Madrid proved the Union can hang with the world's best - even if it took a little time to get up to speed. "It was definitely a challenge, but I think we responded well," said Union manager Peter Nowak.
July 22, 2011
SHOTS ON GOAL Upcoming game What: World Football Challenge Who: Real Madrid vs. Union When: Tomorrow, 9 o'clock Where: Lincoln Financial Field TV: ESPN Deportes On the web: ESPN3.com For kicks: SEPTA will run its Sports Express on the Broad Street Line until 12:30 a.m. . . . The quintessential litmus test arrives in the Spanish Cup champion, which is led by world-class striker Cristiano Ronaldo....
April 17, 2011 |
Yaya Toure scored in the 52d minute as Manchester City ended Manchester United's chances of winning three trophies in the same season, beating its local rival, 1-0, at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday to reach its first FA Cup final in 30 years. The result left United, the Premier League leaders, still in contention for the domestic championship and Champions League. Toure scored after intercepting a poor clearance by United's Michael Carrick. United was reduced to 10 men in the 72d minute when Paul Scholes drew a red card for a dangerous lunge.
August 11, 2012 |
Even after more than a century of achievement, one fact succinctly summarizes Real Madrid's status in soccer. Ten of its players, the most from any club, competed for three nations in last month's semifinals of the European championships. Five of them helped Spain defend its title. Those players - including Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Spain's Iker Casillas, and Germany's Mesut Ozil - will face Scottish champion Glasgow Celtic at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night. The exhibition is the end of a four-game tour of the United States.
May 30, 2012 |
Listen to Eagles chief operating officer Don Smolenski explain the inner workings of a deal that returns Real Madrid to Philadelphia, and it sounds like love at first sight. From the time Real walked off with a 2-1 win over the Union in July at Lincoln Financial Field, Smolenski wanted the Spanish League champions back - as soon as possible. After nearly a year of exhaustive phone conversations, conference calls, and meetings via Skype, Smolenski finally got his wish. The Eagles will announce Tuesday that Real Madrid returns to take on Scottish Premier League champion Celtic on Aug. 11 as part of the World Football Challenge.
July 25, 2011 |
At first, the Union looked overwhelmed; then they slowly settled in; and, finally, they took on the personality that has defined them in their year-and-a-half existence in Major League Soccer. On Saturday night before 57,305 soccer enthusiasts at Lincoln Financial Field, the Union dug in against one of the world's best teams, fought, scrapped, and probably never acquitted themselves better in a losing effort. Real Madrid held on for a 2-1 win, and even though it was only a friendly, the Union made up for a slow start with a blazing finish that had one of the world's best teams back on its heels.
May 17, 2011 |
All signs point toward the Union playing host to international soccer power Real Madrid this summer. A formal announcement could come later this week, but a soccer source indicated that the two are expected to meet July 23 at Lincoln Financial Field. The two sides are reportedly tying up some final details. Union officials were unavailable for comment. If this goes through it would be the second consecutive year that the Union hosted an international soccer power. On July 21 last year, the Union hosted England's Manchester United at Lincoln Financial Field.
May 18, 2011 |
All signs are pointing toward the Union's playing host to international soccer power Real Madrid this summer. A formal announcement could come later this week, but a soccer source indicated that the two are expected to meet July 23 at Lincoln Financial Field. The two sides were reportedly tying up some final details. Union officials were unavailable for comment. If the game happens, it would be the second consecutive year that the Union hosted an international soccer power.