Real Madrid scored early and often in outclassing the Los Angeles Galaxy last night, as the Spanish champions opened theirfour-game U.S. tour with a 5-1 thumping of the LA Galaxy.
Angel Di Maria set up Gonzalo Higuain’s opener after just 85 seconds and made it 2-0 nine minutes later. The Galaxy pulled one back when Brazilian defender David Junior Lopes scored the Galaxy’s goal in the 23rd minute, heading home from a David Beckham free kick.
But that was just a signal for Real Madrid to move to another gear and they added more goals through Jose Maria Callejon in the 36th minute, Alvaro Morata four minutes into the second half and Alex Fernandez near the finish.
Many of the record crowd at the Home Depot Center had not settled into their seats when Madrid opened the scoring. Higuain provided the early lead when Di Maria’s pass from the right flank caught Lopes flat-footed, and Di Maria made it 2-0 in the 11th, cutting inside from the right flank and blasting a left-footed shot between rookie Bryan Gaul’s legs and past L.A. goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
Lopes halved the deficit but Callejon finished from Higuain’s defense-splitting pass to complete a fantastic three-pass, full-field move by Madrid.
Foe the second half the La Liga champions brought on several of their biggest stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil, but it was Alvaro Morata who got Madrid’s fourth goal, just four minutes into the second half from an Esteban Granero chip.
Then Fernandez added a fifth with six minutes to play and Ronaldo nearly added another in the 86th, but his shot was cleared off the line.
Real Madrid’s tour continues with games Sunday against Mexican champion Santos Laguna in Las Vegas, Wednesday against Italian runner-up AC Milan at Yankee Stadium, and Aug. 11 against Scottish champions Celtic in Philadelphia.