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
"Madrid and [Coach Manuel
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
attacking trident," writes KS Leong, as well as have a look at "players like ... Raul Albiol
and Xabi Alonso ..."
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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