Euro power to visit Qwest

  • By Mike Allende / Herald Writer
  • Monday, July 24, 2006 9:00pm
  • Sports

SEATTLE – Some of the biggest soccer names in the world will converge on Qwest Field in two weeks.

The Seattle Sounders announced that they will play host to a match between Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid and Major League Soccer’s D.C. United at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and range from $30 to $125.

Madrid features perhaps the world’s most recognized soccer player in English star David Beckham, and D.C. United is led by teenage sensation Freddy Adu.

“Real Madrid is the premier soccer club on the planet, and we are thrilled to be able to bring them to Seattle,” Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer said in a press release. “It’s always been our goal to host international matches, and this one will be special as it’s Real Madrid’s first visit to the Northwest. In addition, D.C. United has the best record in the MLS and features a roster loaded with talent.”

In addition to Beckham, the former captain of the English national team and a two-time World Player of the Year, Real Madrid also features Brazilian stars Ronaldo, Emerson, Roberto Carlos, Robinho and Cicinho, who all played in this year’s World Cup. At one time, Ronaldo was considered the world’s best forward and is a three-time World Player of the Year. Also on the team is Raul, the captain of Spain’s national team, and Fabio Cannavaro, who captained Italy to the World Cup title.

Madrid has been European Champion nine times and won 29 Spanish First Division titles. In 2000, FIFA named Madrid the 20th Century’s Best Club.

D.C. United leads the MLS Eastern Conference with a 13-1-6 record and is a four-time MLS Cup champion. The team is led by 17-year-old Adu, the first overall pick in the 2004 draft now in his third season. Also on the team are Jaime Moreno, Christian Gomez and Alecko Eskandarian. Morena, a former Bolivian national team member, is second in the MLS with nine goals and is second all-time in MLS with 103 goals. Former Sounder Brandon Prideaux and former U.S. National Team player Ben Olsen are also on the club. Peter Nowak, the former captain of Poland’s national team, is the head coach.

In recent years, Qwest has played host to such top international teams at Manchester United, Glasgow Celtic, Chelsea and Club America.

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