- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2009

D.C. United will host Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid on Aug. 9 in an international friendly at FedEx Field, the team confirmed Thursday.

Fans who have season-ticket plans with the Redskins or United can buy tickets now. The public can purchase tickets as part of a multigame or two-game group package beginning June 8. Single tickets are slated to go on sale June 17.

For United and Redskins plan holders, tickets are $50 for a seat on the end line, $60 on the sideline and $70 for midfield view seats. Club seats will cost $80 to $100 depending on location.

Lower-bowl seats for the general public will be priced between $60 and $90.

United and Real Madrid met in 2006 at Qwest Field in Seattle, where the clubs played to a 1-1 draw before 66,830, the largest soccer crowd ever in the city.

United officials said they selected FedEx Field instead of RFK Stadium because of its amenities and larger capacity. FedEx Field’s capacity of more than 90,000 raises the possibility of one of the largest soccer crowds in U.S. history.

Real Madrid is one of the most popular and accomplished clubs in the world, with a record 31 titles in La Liga, Spain’s top professional league. The club won Champions League titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

The team’s roster includes the team’s captain and all-time leading scorer, Raul Gonzalez, and top Argentine Fernando Gago. In addition, Real Madrid is pursuing Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2008 FIFA player of the year, from Manchester United and Brazilian midfielder Kaka from AC Milan. There is also excitement surrounding the possible return of Florentino Perez as club president.

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