The members of Real Madrid's squad arrived in Los Angeles on July 22 to begin their two week-long journey in the States. The team began training at the UCLA facilities the day they arrived and continued to have two-a-days until they flew to Oakland on July 26.
While the rest of the team was in Oakland, Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Los Angeles to begin his own training. After the session he signed hundreds of autographs for fans and posed for photos with them as well. Ronaldo joined other teammates who were not on the Inter Milan match lineup.
Famous faces have shown up at the team's training sessions at UCLA including David Beckham, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony who is a big soccer and Real Madrid fan.
On Sunday, the squad faced Italian side Inter Milan at Berkeley University's California Memorial Stadium. At the end of regulation the game was tied 1-1 and a penalty shootout saw the Italian side come out with the win.
Real Madrid arrived in Dallas Monday night to an incredible reception at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Dallas.
Tonight at the historic Cotton Bowl, Real Madrid faces Italian giants AS Roma with the match set to kickoff right around 8:15. It will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports 1.
SEGMENT 1: Show hosts Marc and Steve thoughtfully review recent transfer news, beginning with Frank Lampard's high-profile arrival into New York City FC and continuing with discussion of DaMarcus Beasley's arrival into Houston.
SEGMENT 2: ESPN's Jon Champion joins the guys, talking about his recent World Cup broadcast experiences and the Premier League season ahead.
SEGMENT 3: Pre-recorded interviews with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and former Irish international goalkeeper Shay Given. Both were in town last week for the FC Dallas-Villa friendly.
SEGMENT 4: Marc and Steve talk about the big slate of summer friendlies, starting with this week's Real Madrid-Roma contest at the historic Cotton Bowl. Along the way, Marc helps Steve work through his conflicted feelings on these summer friendlies.
Welcome to the 5th edition of the FCDallas.com series "Getting Personal". This week I caught up with Urguayan striker David Texeira.
David was born in Salto, Uruguay and lived there for almost his entire childhood. In 2010 when he was 18, he made his professional debut with a top club in Uruguay, Defensor Sporting. A year later he was transferred to FC Groningen, a team in Holland. In 2011, Texeira played in the U-20 World Cup with the Uruguay National Team. FC Dallas acquired David earlier this year. He has started in four games so far this season and has scored one goal for the team.
- What's your favorite soccer memory?
David: I think when I started to play in the first divison when I was 18 years old.
- You played in the Netherlands for a few years...what was your favorite part about being over there besides playing soccer?
David: It was also the life, living in Europe is totally different. Holland is a nice country with nice people and a different culture so it was nice to be over there and meet new people and see new cities. It was great.
- What's your favorite type of music?
David: Latino music of course, we like reggaeton but when I was in Europe I was used to listening to techno because that's what they listen to in Holland. There's a type of South American music called cumbia that I listen to a lot.
- What was it like growing up in Uruguay?
David: It was good, I was with my family and my friends and they've always supported me in soccer since I was 4 years old so it's been a long time.
- Is there anything you like to spend your money on?
David: Not really. I try to save it because this can be a short career so you have to be smart about it.
- What's your favorite part about being here in America so far?
David: I like being in America and as I told you before, it's nice to have a change and see new things and meet new people.
- Do you have a routine before each game?
David: Not really, I just try to relax and save energy and look ahead.
- What's your favorite goal you've ever scored?
David: It was in Europe, it was a side volley goal and I had a hat trick during the game too so I remember that day.
Raul Fernandez had a pretty awesome game on Sunday in FCD's 2-2 draw at Vancovuer. His seven saves were tied with Kevin Hartman for the most in an FCD game since Dario Sala had 8 in late 2010.
While we're sure Raul will have an MLS Save of the Week nomination coming up, we thought it'd be fun to do our own version of Save of the Week where you vote for your favorite Raul save from Sunday's draw.
Watch the video and vote for your favorite!
WATCH: SOTW Raul
Check out the best photos from the match in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon!
Here are your match highlights from FCD's 2-2 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC:
Fresh off their strong performance at the Region III Championships, FC Dallas 97 Premier is enjoying a fantastic week at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Maryland.
FCD 97 Premier have gone 2-0-1 in their three group stage matches to advance to the national semifinals on Saturday where they'll play Cincinnati United Premier from Ohio.
In their first match of the week, Kamar Marriott and Sergio Lara scored for FCD in a 2-2 draw with LVSA. They then defeated Smithtown Arsenal 2-0 on Wednesday behind goals from Lara and Sergio Benitez. Lara scored in his third straight game on Thursday in a 3-1 win over Fullerton Rangers that sealed the group stage victory.
FCD 97 Premier will play in their semifinal match on Saturday at 9:00AM vs Cincinnati United Premier from Ohio and the game will be streamed live. CLICK HERE for more info on the US Youth Soccer national championships.
On Saturday, you can watch the national semifinal live right here.
Here are your match highlights from FCD's 2-0 loss to English Premier League side Aston Villa at Toyota Stadium:
Before Wednesday's big game between FCD and Aston Villa, FC Dallas supporters faced off against Aston Villa supporters in a friendly soccer game in the blistering heat out on the Toyota Soccer Center complex. The supporters from both sides came out in full force as there were at least 20 players on each side. Aston Villa drew fans from all over the country, even some from their home country of England. One supporter, Paul Limpitlaw, is originally from Birmingham, England where the club is located, he now lives in Dallas and is very happy that the club is here to visit.
"These are great facilities here at FC Dallas and when I found out Aston Villa was coming to Dallas it was a dream come true for me because I travel over there to watch the games so this is brilliant for them to be here," Limpitlaw said.
The international supporters team had a special and talented player on their side, Lee Hendrie (pictured above in the middle), who used to play for Aston Villa and even had a few caps for the English National Team but is now retired. Hendrie is traveling with the team as a team ambassador and he had nothing but great things to say about the support here in Dallas.
"It's fantastic for the fans to get involved and all the guys are brilliant and the support has been fantastic so I've enjoyed it," said Hendrie.
One FC Dallas supporter, Jay Neal a Dallas Beer Guardian thought their team did a good job shutting the ex-player down and keeping him to only a few goals. He was pleased with the way the game turned out and how much fun everyone had.
"It was a blast, especially with an international team like this and everybody comes out and shakes hands at the end and had a good time," Neal said.
The game ended in a 7 to 7 tie so it was an entertaining match not only to watch but for the players to play in as well.