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.
Here are your match highlights from FCD's 2-0 loss to English Premier League side Aston Villa at Toyota Stadium:
We're just a little over a week away from the international friendly between Ivory Coast and El Salvador that will be played at Toyota Stadium on June 4 at 8 pm. A few days ago El Salvador's new head coach announced his 32-man camp roster:
Goalkeepers: Derby Carillo (Atlanta Silverbacks), Henry Hernandez (Isidro Metapan), Elmer Iglesias (Santa Tecla)
Defenders: Jonathan Barrios (Isidro Metapan), Ibsen Castro (Marte), Allan Fernandez (Atletico Marte), Moises Garcia (LA Firpo), Miguel Lemus (FAS), Mario Martinez (Atletico Marte), Milton Molina (Isidro Metapan), Santos Ortiz (Dragon), Alexander Mendoza (FAS), Bryan Tamacas (FAS), Marcelo Tejeda (Atletico Marte)
Midfielders: Jaime Alas (Ballenas Galeanas/Mexico), Arturo Alvarez (Videoton FC/Hungary), Darwin Ceren (Orlando City SC/USA), Oscar Ceren (Juventud Independiente), Alexander Larin (FAS), Richard Menjivar (San Antonio Scorpion), Erick Molina (Atletico Marte), Marvin Monterrosa (Isidro Metapan), Juan Carlos Portillo (Juventud Independiente), raul Renderos (FAS), Helman Rivas (Alianza), Kevin Satamaria (Suchitepequez/Guatemala), Herbet Sosa (Alianza FC)
Forwards: Jonathan Aguila (FAS), Mark Lester Blanco (LA Firpo), Rafael Burgos (Gyor/Hungary), Andres Flores (Isidro Metapan), Romel Mejia (Dragon)
El Salvador also plays Spain in their second international friendly of the summer in Landover, Maryland at FedEx Field on Saturday, June 7th.
SEGMENT 1: The United States' wild 2-2 draw with Mexico -- and Clint Dempsey's hat trick for Seattle in an even wilder 4-4 draw in Portland in the season's first Cascadia Derby -- dominate the early discussion.
SEGMENT 2: Fox Sports host extraordinaire Rob Stone returns to the show to talk Champions League and U.S. national team matters with the guys.
SEGMENT 3: ESPN's Eric Wynalda, fresh off his stint in Phoenix calling the USA-Mexico game alongside Ian Darke and Alejandro Moreno, joins the boys to give his verdict on Julian Green, Jurgen Klinsmann's bigger concern -- think defense as opposed to the forward line -- and everything else topical from the week's big friendly match.
SEGMENT 4: FC Dallas is unbeaten after five games for the first time in franchise history. So Steve breaks it all down for Stein from his vantage point as the team's new radio voice.
As we prepare for some marquee international friendlies this afternoon, headlined by the United States trip to Sarajevo to face Bosnia-Herzegovina, Raul Fernandez and Peru faced South Korea in Suwon overnight playing the Asian side to a 0-0 draw.
According to reports from the match, FCD goalkeeper Raul Fernandez came up huge for the Peruvians making some big saves in the shutout. This report from El Comercio said Fernandez was Peru's man of the match and has video of an incredible save by Fernandez.
Raul is expected to fly directly to Portland to meet up with FCD in plenty of time for Saturday's match against the Timbers and as the evidence shows, he's in fine form.
Here's tonight's audio of Schellas Hyndman's post-Stoke City press conference:
English Premier League side Stoke City FC is coming to Frisco this weekend to take on FC Dallas in an international friendly. Stoke arrived in North Texas Thursday afternoon following the team's 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo Wednesday night. The following is a schedule of events for fans leading up to Saturday's friendly:
Friday, July 26
5:30 p.m.: Press conference featuring members of Stoke City.
6:00 p.m.: FC Dallas press conference to introduce FC Dallas' newest signing, Mauro Diaz featuring Diaz, head coach Schellas Hyndman, technical director Fernando Clavijo and Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt. After the presser, Hunt and Clavijo will host a Q&A with FC Dallas season ticket holders in attendance.
*The press conferences will be open to the first 300 season ticket holders. Season ticket holders should enter the stadium through the West gate.
6:00-7:15 p.m.: Stoke City pre-game practice on the FC Dallas Stadium field.
*The Stoke City practice will be open to anybody who has a ticket to the FC Dallas vs. Stoke City FC friendly presented by Cash America this Saturday, July 27. Non-season ticket holders with tickets to Saturday's game should enter the stadium through the FC Dallas Team Shop located in the Northwest corner of the stadium.
7:30-9:00 p.m.: FC Dallas Meet the Team Event - FC Dallas players will be stationed around the stadium to sign autographs exclusively for Season Ticket Holders. Season Ticket Holders will be provided a map designating where each player is located.
*Non-season ticket holders may gain access to the press conference (first 300 STHs only), Q&A session and Meet the Team event by purchasing 2014 season tickets before or during the event Friday night.
Saturday, July 27
6:30 p.m.: FC Dallas Stadium gates open.
8:00 p.m.: FC Dallas vs. Stoke City FC presented by Cash America. The Stoke City FC friendly is also supported by associate partners Budweiser, Fiesta and the state of Quintana Roo.
FC Dallas will host Stoke City FC of the English Premier League this Saturday and while it is the team's first time playing an EPL side, it is certainly not their first international friendly.
FC Dallas has played an international side in almost every season of its existence, Saturday will be the 15th official FC Dallas Stadium international friendly, and a few seasons included multiple international matches. The first friendly hosted at FC Dallas Stadium was a 4-1 FC Dallas win against Atlas CF of Mexico in March of 2006 and FC Dallas is 9-3-2 in the 14 matches.
Saturday's match certainly has plenty of intrigue, however, as it's just the second time a European team has faced FCD in an international friendly with the other one coming in 2010 when then-UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan drew FCD 2-2. Here's some highlights of international friendlies at FC Dallas Stadium:
2006 - FC Dallas 2 Tigres 0
The first really memorable international friendly in front of a raucous crowd in Frisco saw FCD beat the Mexican side behind goals from Arturo Alvarez and Marcelo Saragosa. FCD went on to win the inaugural Rio Grande Plate on penalties down in Monterrey with Dario Sala saving, then scoring the game-winner.
2007 - FC Dallas 0 Atletico Paranaense 1
FCD fell to Brazilians Atletico Paranaense in the first of two meetings between the clubs in Frisco. This was an unspectacular game except for one major point, midfield maestro David Ferreira played his first minutes at FC Dallas Stadium, though they were with the Brazilians.
2008 - FC Dallas 1 Chivas Guadalajara 2
An exciting mid-summer match between FCD and Mexican giants Chivas de Guadalajara ended 2-1 to the visitors. A starting-quality FCD side produced a fantastic first half, but lineup changes saw Dallas relinquish a 1-0 lead giving up two late goals. The scorer of the game-winner? None other than budding Mexican National Team star Marco Fabian. This is interestingly the last international friendly that FCD has lost as they take an eight-game unbeaten run into Saturday's game.
2010 - FC Dallas 2 Inter Milan 2 (HIGHLIGHTS)
Obviously the biggest international friendly FC Dallas Stadium has hosted, FCD welcomed then-UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan to Frisco for a prestigious match. "El Principe" Diego Milito opened the scoring for Inter, but George John struck back before halftime with a beautiful header to send the game into halftime tied 1-1. Who else but Samuel Eto'o broke the deadlock in the second half scoring from a blast outside the box before 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira sealed the 2-2 draw with a penalty kick goal.
2012 - FC Dallas 3 Club Leon 3 (HIGHLIGHTS)
In perhaps the most exciting of the 15 international friendlies, FC Dallas and recently-promoted Club Leon played to a thrilling 3-3 draw that the Mexican side won on penalty kicks. A see-saw match in which both teams held leads was settled by a late Bobby Warshaw equalizer that slipped over the line.
FC Dallas welcomes Stoke City to FCD Stadium on Saturday in the first-ever game between FC Dallas and an EPL side in Frisco. Their trip to north Texas is sandwiched between games in Houston and Philadelphia. New Stoke manager Mark Hughes has released his travel roster for their week-long USA tour:
Stoke City FC Travel Roster
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic, Thomas Sorensen, Jack Butland
Defenders: Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Erik Pieters, Ryan Shotton, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson, Marc Muniesa, Jordan Keane
Midfielders: Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Florent Cuvelier, Glenn Whelan, Steven N’Zonzi, Matthew Etherington, Michael Kightly, Jamie Ness, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea*
Forwards: Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome, Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones*
*denotes will join club when international duties (CONCACAF Gold Cup) are complete