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