The second-year franchise will meet Jose Mourinhoâ€™s Los Blancos at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday July 23 as part of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge.
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz confirmed the meeting, saying it was a great moment for the club to be able to lure such a powerful club to their part of the world.
â€śWe are delighted to play another world-class international team at Lincoln Financial Field this summer. This will be another chance for us to showcase that the Union can stand toe-to-toe with the elite teams of the world. We are especially grateful for our partnership with the Eagles and their dedication and hard work to make this opportunity a reality,â€ť he said.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter added: â€śHosting Real Madrid provides another opportunity to showcase Philadelphia to the world. Philadelphia is a global tourist destination, thanks in part to the success of excellent city venues such as Lincoln Financial Field. We could not be more excited for our city.â€ť
Managed by 2010 FIFA World Coach of the Year Jose Mourinho, the 31-time Spanish LA Liga champions and record nine-time European champions Madrid boasts some of the worldâ€™s top stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, KakĂˇ, Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Mesut Ă–zil and Karim Benzema.