Ho hum: Galaxy to play Real Madrid for the third time in three years

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Are we getting spoilt? This is the fourth time since 2005 Real Madrid will have faced the Galaxy in Southern California, something those of you who picked up a free Galaxy poster at the gate Saturday for the Red Bull game apparently already knew.

Or is it just that these expensive meaningless friendlies – this one will be at smallish Home Depot Center Aug. 2 so ticket prices will presumably have to be higher all around than those at bigger venues – don’t really tell us much about either team despite the hyperbole that always surrounds the occasion.

“It will truly be one of the must-see sporting events of the year,” Galaxy Chief Operating Officer Chris McGowan said.

Hmm, dunno about that. Last year’s 4-1 win for Real Madrid at the Coliseum on Carmageddon night was hardly a nail-biter. The Galaxy also predictably lost to Madrid in 2005 and 2010.

That the game is scheduled at all here probably says more about the fact the current Spanish champions really like training at UCLA than anything else.

Tickets start at $75.

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