- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

D.C. United will play an international friendly against Spanish club Real Madrid on Aug. 9 at Qwest Field in Seattle.

“D.C. United is thrilled to be playing one of the top teams in the world,” United technical director Dave Kasper said. “We look forward to the challenge of competing against Real Madrid and to a great evening of soccer.”

United originally wanted to play the game at RFK Stadium or FedEx Field but couldn’t because of scheduling problems. An idea to play at Camden Yards was blocked when organizers of a match between FC Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium on Aug. 12 felt a game in Baltimore with another top Spanish club would affect ticket sales.

Real Madrid, the European champion a record nine times, wanted to play in a northern U.S. city. Seattle was the only alternative.

Winner of 29 Spanish league titles, Real Madrid has several top stars, including David Beckham, Brazilian star Ronaldo and the recently signed Fabio Cannavaro of World Cup champion Italy.

John Haydon

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