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LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid: Angel Di Maria Scores Winner In 5-1 Blowout

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The LA Galaxy didn't hang around for long, as Angel Di Maria's 11th minute goal proved the difference and Madrid continued piling on to win the friendly 5-1. Were it not for David Beckham's free kick in the 23' that was ultimately walked in by David Junior Lopes, Madrid could have won this one in the second minute. The 30,317 fans had a good time, and set a new Home Depot Center soccer attendance record while they were at it.

The list of Real Madrid scorers is long and impressive: Gonzalo Higuain in the 2', Angel Di Maria in the 11', Jose Maria Callejon in the 36', Alvaro Morata in the 49', and Jese Rodriguez in the 84'. The three first half goals were all from the side occupied by David Junior Lopes and Brian Gaul, so draw your own conclusions.

The Galaxy made a mass substitution at halftime, taking out every starter. There was minimal contact, so I doubt anyone will be unavailable for Sunday's match on account of tonight's friendly. The reserves played a bit chippier, but they did keep Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring so perhaps it worked.

So ultimately, Real Madrid got to run around and work out their preseason legs; some Los Angeles soccer fans got to watch one of the greatest teams in the world. All in all, not a bad night.