Real Madrid is wrapping up their American preseason tour by playing Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy tonight at 10:30 PM (eastern) in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl. And with that size of a stadium I think it is safe to say that the friendly should attract quite an active audience.
But what should we be looking for out there tonight? How about these five points?
1) The Arrival of Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is called the Special One for a reason. The guy may be on the most successful coaching run of any active coach in any team sport. The Special One averages more then a title a year and last year he pulled off Serie A history by winning the treble with Inter Milan. This will be our first look at the tactical changes of Los Blancos and perhaps our first look at our newest winning dynasty.
2) The Arrival of the Other Guys
Real Madrid has certainly settled down this transfer summer compared to last and the club only brought in three players of note this summer being Ángel Di María, Sami Khedira, and Pedro León. It will be interesting to see if all three acquisitions play, but I certainly would expect to see Di Maria out there for significant minutes.
3) Benzema’s Return?
Mourinho recently admitted that Los Blancos could use one more reliable forward and many sports writers have written rumors claiming Benzema might be offered as bait to Chelsea to land Ashley Cole. But if Ronaldo plays midfield then Benzema should see plenty of starting minutes and perhaps tonight we will see a glimpse of what Benzema’s future holds with the La Liga giant. The same type of story for Rafael Van der Vaart as well.
4) That Donovan Guy
Landon Donovan is one of the most talked about transfer players around right now. With serious interest from Everton, Manchester City, and a few undisclosed Serie A teams, Donovan’s value has never been higher then it’s current status and the player could make a jump back across the pond before you know it. This is yet another chance for the midfielder to show off his skills against some of the world’s best.
5) Clint Mathis’ Final Match
The Galaxy man announced his retirement earlier in the week and will go out in grand style with a battle against los galicticos. He was one of the most colorful players in the MLS game and a master of the mohawk. Even if he doesn’t score a goal, Mathis will leave the game in style.