Union, Real Madrid to meet in World Football Challenge

After a two-game stint in California, Real Madrid’s summer tour is now set to roll east.

On Thursday, Major League Soccer and CAA announced that the Spanish powerhouse will take on the Philadelphia Union as part of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge.

The match is scheduled for July 23 at Lincoln Financial Field. Kick off is at 9 pm ET.

Real Madrid will arrive in Philly after taking on the LA Galaxy at the LA Memorial Coliseum on July 16 and Chivas de Guadalajara on July 20 at Qualcomm Park in San Diego.

This friendly with Madrid marks the second straight year the Union have enjoyed a high-profile international match following their inception in 2010. Philadelphia took on Manchester United last July, losing 1-0.

“We are delighted to play another world-class international team at Lincoln Financial Field this summer,” Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz said in a statement released by the club. “This will be another chance for us to showcase that the Union can stand toe-to-toe with the elite teams of the world.”

Philadelphia’s MLS match away to the Seattle Sounders, originally scheduled for July 23, has been moved to October 8.

Ticket information is available at WorldFootballChallenge.com.

2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge schedule

Date Game Venue City Time (ET)
Jul 13 NE Revolution vs. Manchester United Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA 8 pm
Jul 16 Club América vs. Manchester City AT&T Park San Francisco, CA 8 pm
Jul 16 LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid LA Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, CA 10 pm
Jul 18 Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Manchester City Empire Field Vancouver, BC 10 pm
Jul 20 CD Guadalajara vs. Real Madrid Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA 11 pm
Jul 23 Chicago Fire vs. Manchester United Soldier Field Chicago, IL 5 pm
Jul 23 Juventus vs. Sporting Clube de Portugal BMO Field Toronto 7 pm
Jul 23 Philadelphia Union vs. Real Madrid Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA

9 pm

Jul 24 LA Galaxy vs. Manchester City Home Depot Center Carson, CA

4 pm

Jul 26 Juventus vs. Club América Citi Field Flushing, NY 7:30 pm
Jul 28 Juventus vs. CD Guadalajara Carter-Finley Stadium Raleigh, NC 8 pm
Jul 30 Barcelona vs. Manchester United FedEx Field Landover, MD 7 pm
Aug 3 Barcelona vs. CD Guadalajara Sun Life Stadium Miami, FL 8 pm
Aug 6 Barcelona vs. Club América Cowboys Stadium Arlington, TX 4 pm