Monday Kicks: Mourinho, Gonzalez, Marsch & more

i-0bd29a29aceb1f06c9669c7f5e36a0fb-jose.jpgEndless possibilities: Jose Mourinho surveys the field on his first day as Real Madrid coach earlier this month ahead of their U.S. visit (AP Photo).

*As Real Madrid bade farewell to Raul and Guti, Coach Jose Mourinho granted a telephonic audience to two California journalists today (I wasn’t one of them) to promote Real Madrid’s games Aug. 4 against Club America in the Bay Area and three days later at the Rose Bowl against the Galaxy.

Still, I did manage to get some quotes passed along and he revealed that Real Madrid will unveil two new players who will make their debut in Pasadena:

“I’m not ready to tell you that ‘this’ or ‘that’ new player is a arriving, but for sure during that first week in L.A. next week some new players will arrive to Real Madrid and that game will be the first game for them. If you can add two or three quality players to our squad, I think that game can motivate people.”

Real Madrid will announce their tour roster Wednesday.

The self-proclaimed Special One also said while he doesn’t pay attention to MLS, he is up for playing against the Galaxy:

“I’m not the kind of coach that likes easy friendlies, easy matches in preseason. I don’t play the preseason to win 5-, 6- or 7-nil. I play to win 1-0, even draw or lose. (Because) that game (on Aug. 7 verses the Galaxy) is at the end of our preparation work, everybody will be involved. It will be an important match for us. The Galaxy has a name, a prestige and some quality to give us a game. I think the crowd will be very enthusiastic and it will be a good moment to enjoy.”

*Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez got a little love from The Washington Post today ahead of the Maryland product’s MLS All-Star appearance. Read it here.

*I’ll have more Tuesday in my weekly column on the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League game against the Puerto Rico Islanders at Home Depot Center and the MLS All-Star Game Wednesday in Houston.

*Finally, Jared Montz talks to former Chivas USA hard-man Jesse Marsch, now an assistant to Bob Bradley on the USMNT, about why Edson Buddle didn’t play more in South Africa and other imponderables on his latest podcast here.

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