San Diego Business Journal

Soccer Stars Draw 38,000 to Stadium

Thursday, July 21, 2011

San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium hosted two of the world’s top football clubs July 20 with Real Madrid pounding out a 3-0 victory over Chivas de Guadalajara in a match that drew an announced crowd of 38,211.

The game was part of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge, a series of exhibition games pitting some of Europe’s most famous clubs against teams in U.S.-based Major League Soccer.

All three goals were scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, among the world’s top players, and a mainstay for Real as well as his national team of Portugal.

Some of the other clubs competing in the tournament that began July 13 and ends Aug. 6 are Manchester United, Manchester City, FC Barcelona, Juventus FC, Club America and Sporting Clube de Portugal. From the MLS, teams include the New England Revolution, Chicago Fire, Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders.

— Mike Allen