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'Los Galacticos, Parte Dos' to Debut in Toronto?

  • SI.com, Friday, August 7, 2009 5 PM
While rival Barcelona has stolen the show of the Stateside "Summer of Soccer" so far, don't expect Real Madrid to play second fiddle on their North American tour like they were forced to in La Liga last season. With the free-spending Spanish giants having now reached our shores, it's clear that the super club wants to overtake our soccer stage, with a report from SI.com suggesting there's a good chance that fans in Toronto tonight will see the debut of not only Cristiano Ronaldo, but perhaps also Kaka and latest signee Xabi Alonso.

"Madrid and [Coach Manuel] Pellegrini are not obliged by the contract of their tour to field all their megastar signings," according to Spanish publication AS, but "the Chilean coach nevertheless is expected to summon, for the first time, the Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema attacking trident," writes KS Leong, as well as have a look at "players like ... Raul Albiol and Xabi Alonso ..."

While the man dubbed "El Ingeniero" would not provide a guarantee that certain players would either start or see time during the exhibition, downplaying some expectations in the pre-match press conference by saying "first of all, this is just an evaluation," he also admitted that there's a "big possibility" that the second coming of Los Galacticos would be on display versus Toronto FC tonight (live on ESPN at 7:30 pm ET).



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