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Real Madrid and Atletico invade Bay Area
by Paul Kennedy, July 25th, 2014 6:55PM

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[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] What are the chances of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid playing in the San Francisco Bay Area on the same weekend? And which team do you think fans want to see? A sell-out crowd is expected Saturday in Berkeley for Real Madrid-Inter Milan while a much smaller crowd is anticipated Sunday for the San Jose Earthquakes-Atletico Madrid game in the last match at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

Even without most of its stars -- Cristiano Ronaldo isn't even expected to join the team until Saturday -- Real Madrid is a huge draw in the United States. It averaged 53,448 fans last summer for its three games in the Guinness International Champions Cup, which it won.

And it should easily top that this summer. The Real Madrid-Manchester United game Aug. 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich., should break the U.S. soccer attendance record of 101,799 fans for the 1984 Olympic gold-medal match between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl.

World Cup players Pepe and Fabio Coentrao (Portugal) and Xabi Alonso (Spain) cut their vacations short to join Real Madrid squad for the Guinness International Champions Cup. Ronaldo should play in the next two games against Roma and Manchester United.

Only two players who played for Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final against Atletico are listed in its gameday squad for Saturday: Daniel Carvajal and Gareth Bale.

Real Madrid starters -- Diego Lopez; Carvajal, Pepe, Nacho, Diego Llorente; Illarra, Medran, Isco, Lucas Vazquez; Raul de Tomas, Bale.
Real Madrid subs -- Jesus, Pacheco, Derik, Omar, Marcos Llorente, Sobrino. The Quakes-Atleti game is part of the Copa EuroAmericana. Atletico Madrid will play its second game in the tournament Wednesday in Mexico City.

International Friendlies, This Week:
July 21 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Republic FC 0 West Bromwich (England) 1.
Att.: 7,461.
July 21 in Victoria, B.C.
Victoria Highlanders 1 Rangers (Scotland) 2
Att.: 5,735.
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July 23 in Boston
Roma (Italy) 1 Liverpool (England) 0
Att.: 37,000.
July 23 in Ottawa, Ont.
Ottawa Fury 0 Rangers (Scotland) 1
Att.: 8,643.
July 23 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Crew 2 Crystal Palace (England) 2
Att.: 10,011.
July 23 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 0 Aston Villa (England) 2
July 23 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting KC 1 Man. City (England) 4
Att.: 18,484.
July 23 in Miami, Fla.
**Monaco (France) 4 Atletico Nacional (Colombia) 2
Att.: 15,102.
July 23 in Pasadena, Calif.
LA Galaxy 0 Man. United (England) 7
Att.: 86,432.
July 23 in Toronto
Toronto FC 2 Tottenham (England) 3.
Att.: 22,591.
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July 24 in Toronto
*Olympiakos (Greece) 3 AC Milan (Italy) 0
Att.: 10,603.
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July 25 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union 0 Crystal Palace (England) 1
Att.: 15,482.
July 25 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Republic FC 1 West Bromwich (England) 3
Att.: 8,000.
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July 26 in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls vs. Arsenal (England)
July 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.
D.C. United vs. Fulham (England)
July 26 in Houston
Houston Dynamo vs. Aston Villa (England)
July 26 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire vs. Tottenham (England)
July 26 in Denver
*Man. United (England) vs. Roma (Italy)
July 26 in Berkeley, Calif.
*Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)
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July 27 in Chicago
*Liverpool (England) vs. Olympiakos (Greece)
July 27 in Pittsburgh
*Manchester City (England) vs. AC Milan (Italy)
July 27 in San Francisco

**San Jose Earthquakes vs. Atletico Madrid (Spain)

International Friendlies, On Deck:
July 28 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond Kickers vs. Crystal Palace (England)
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July 29 in Landover, Md.
*Man. United (England) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)
July 29 in Dallas
*Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Roma (Italy)
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July 30 in Bronx, N.Y.
*Liverpool (England) vs. Man. City (England)
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July 31 in Harrison, N.J.
Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Guadalajara (Mexico)
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August 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
*Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Man. United (England)
August 2 in Philadelphia
*Inter Milan (Italy) vs.  Roma (Italy)
August 2 in Minneapolis, Minn.
*Olympiacos (Greece) vs. M­an. City (England)
August 2 in Charlotte, N.C.
*Liverpool (England) vs. AC Milan (Italy)
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Aug. 4 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
*Guinness International Champions Cup Final
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Aug. 6 in Portland, Ore.
MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich (Germany)
Aug. 6 in Houston
Guadalajara (Mexico) vs. AC Milan (Italy)
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Aug. 12 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake vs. Tijuana (Mexico)
*Guinness International Champions Cup.
**Copa EuroAmericana.

International Friendlies, Recent Results:
July 15 in Oxnard, Calif.
Ventura County Fusion 3 Rangers (Scotland) 1
Att.: 1,500.
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July 16 in Milwaukee
Guadalajara (Mexico) 1 Swansea City (Wales) 1
Att.: 31,237.
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July 19 in Blaine, Minn.
Minnesota United 2 Swansea City (Wales) 0
Att.: 9,064.
July 19 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Republic FC 1 Rangers (Scotland) 2.
Att.: 8,000.
July 19 in Seattle
Seattle Sounders 3 Tottenham (England) 3
Att.: 55,349.


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