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DCU-Real Madrid LIVE

It's a scorcher out at FedEx Field as D.C. United takes on Real Madrid. Follow along here as I chat live.

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 9, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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You ain't no David Beckham, Burch.

Posted by: PEddy | August 9, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke. DCU and the MLS teams do not belong on the same field as these European powers, and should stop whoring themselves out for the big pay day. All it proves is that MLS teams are inferior in the context of the world and it can't help the confidence of any of the players or the teams as they go into the stretch run of the MLS season. Payne/Kasper/Soehn ought to be ashamed of themselves for putting their players through this.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 9, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse



DC good effort in the first 60 mins.


Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 9, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

TheWashDipsSince88: Uh, this is obviously some different definition of the word "empty" than the one with which I'm familiar.

They needed to sell over 40k seats to turn a profit. They sold over 60k seats. That means over $1M in pure profit; contrast that with MLS league matches, where they lose money each and every match. That's your definition of "EPIC FAIL"? Good luck to any business you run.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | August 9, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Epic fail?? Just where do you get that? They sold, what, 25K more tickets than they would at RFK? They more than made the Real appearance fee just from that. What was the ticket average, $80? So they made an extra $2 million by having it at FedEx Field. That's hardly a fail at all, much less an epic one.

Posted by: Hokienautic | August 9, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Attendance today was 72,000+. Considering that that would sell out most stadiums not only in America, but throughout the world, I'd say that's pretty damn good. Sorry they couldn't draw the full 90,000, but the stadium was HARDLY empty. It looked more full than any United home game I've ever seen with exception of the Beckham game in '07 and the '97 MLS Cup.

If anything, today was an epic win for United! They made some bank, got some experience against the world's best, and proved that they aren't a bunch of pushovers like everyone thought they'd be. And that was without two key contributors, Quaranta and Namoff. I imagine that the 2nd goal would not have gone in had Namoff been playing right back today.

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 9, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

by standards that Barca pulled out for the coliseum against LA(of all teams), what was it 93,000...

72k? I presume was the official total...for RM...FedEx seats 92k...

so the 1m appearance fee for RM, OLEOLE takes their cut..and FedEx/Redskins takes their cut..

Whats the total then for DC..I dont think it was a profit..more of breaking even...
$80 was not even average..dont forget DC's last ploy to sell more tickets with the $10 off coupon.

To sell at least 40k? minus well would have done it at RFK.

Dont be mad! Its okay kids read the other bashing comments above my own.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 9, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse


Do you really have any idea how much DCU made from this game? I doubt it. It's okay we understand that you are a tool! Thanks for speculating.

Posted by: no_recess | August 9, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

eh...i think the match helped the club financially. I dont think they would have played it if it didnt't. Btw i believe the average ticket was around $80 because the cheapest ticket for non-season ticket holders was $70 and not many season ticket holders were there.

Posted by: totalfootballer | August 9, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse i would think the wouldve made at least a couple million

Posted by: totalfootballer | August 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Just got home. DC showed well considering the disparity in payroll and overall talent. With the circumstances, Real had to be disappointed to go in at halftime nil nil. Was a little surprised to see Tommy leave starters out there after we went down 2-0 in the 60th minute.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | August 9, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

From close-up seats near the benches, most of the (DCU) players seemed pretty psyched about the whole thing to me. They had good support from the fans. Numbers aside, definitely a positive.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 9, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

It felt bad again to be "visitors" at our "home" but lets face it, this was a money game for DCU. The speed and touch of every one of Madrid's players was superior to ours. Wicks made some excellent first half stops and Madrid missed several opportunities. Glad to see nearly everyone got to play but I left FedEx exhausted from the heat, traffic and seeing all those Bwin shirts.

Posted by: sbg1 | August 9, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Finally stopped sweating, an hour after getting home.

First half was good. Second half was craptastic.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 9, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Woulda loved to have traded a 3-0 loss in Seattle for a 1-1 draw at FedEx.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 9, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

agree with sbg1, if not the heat, then feeling like an outsider in my DCU jersey was taxing. On the other hand, my first time guests asked if there would be fall games for us to go to so this thing might have drawn in at least a few new fans.

Posted by: DCB23 | August 9, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

How's Emilio? He was clutching his hamstring before he was subbed out late in the 2nd half. Last year our tailspin coincided with his injury in the Open Cuo Final,

If he's OK then today's exercise was probably a succesful exercise in prostituting ourselves to bunch of rich guys.

The team did well in the 1st half but it was humiliating to see fans chanting "Ole!" for Real Madrid and doing the wave in the 2nd half while they were ahead 3-0.

I no longer support a DC United stadium if it's in a location less convenient than RFK. Traffic was an abomination in both directions even getting there 3 hours early and leaving the stadium lots at 635.

Any DC United fans who chose not to go to this game made the right choice.

Keep United at RFK!!!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 9, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Arjen Roben must like FedEx field. He sliced us up today and, a few years ago, combined with Crespo for Chelsea's game winner.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 9, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Emilio injured himself in the midst of his 75 minute impersonation of a statue. He no longer seems to be part of this team.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 9, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Emilio injured himself in tribute to the Redskins' offensive line.

Posted by: Hoost | August 9, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder how much of the breakdown on the first two goals was due to sheer exhaustion...those starters had to be gassed after playing in the heat and sun in those black kits. I know they're pros and all, and you expect them to be fit, but playing in 95-plus degree weather, in strong sunshine, and in heat-retaining black uniforms, has to take a certain extra physical toll. (hey to Dadryan -- today's game would have been an ideal occasion for a THIRD JERSEY.) They were noting in the Capital Weather Gang blog that today was expected to be the hottest day of the year, and the typical high humidity that comes along with it.

I know I was very impressed with United in the first half.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 9, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 9, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

what in the hell is a b win?

what do they sell?

Posted by: castroviejo | August 9, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

online betting.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 9, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Pontius played very well against some quality players. I wish he would have taken that shot in the box instead of cutting back, but all in all, he looked good.

Posted by: delantero | August 9, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Godfather, I understand a bit of frustration after today's loss, but did you somehow miss Luci's brace at Houston last week? I just don't get this he's not a part of the team business. I can think of at least 5 guys that have showed less heart than Emilio in the last few weeks.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 9, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse


Do you really have any idea how much DCU made from this game? I doubt it. It's okay we understand that you are a tool! Thanks for speculating.

Posted by: no_recess | August 9, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Not a tool, I don't protect the front office like you do.

Even if DC made money, some how I feel that front office is going squander it all away..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 9, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy with how we played today.

Getting scored against on counterattacks is a sign that we were at least attacking.

We put together a few good series and we played generally decent defense.

Sure, we were outclassed, but it was great to see Pontius juke Drenthe twice and Fred nutmeg Xabi Alonso. And the experience must have been cool for our guys...I mean, when do you have the chance to elbow Christiano Ronaldo in the neck? I know I'd like to give it a shot.

I'd say that Robben played so well because he had to...he is second stringer now on Real and will have to fight for his spot. So, he needs to impress when he gets a chance.

Posted by: bigbadbri | August 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Madrid had a lot of praise for DCU, from the coach down. DC played well. They can hold their heads much higher than Toronto.
If only we had a faster backline, it may have stayed closer.
That said, Wicks, Fred, Jackovic, Pontius, Olsen, Burch (in 1st half attacks), Jacobson (in spots), Wallace (for the most part), Gomez (here and there) all played well. Wonder how much better it would have been with Namoff and Q?
It must have been a great experience for them. Here's hoping they can bring that intensity to the rest of MLS USOC and CONCACAF.
To meekly tie SJ and stand tall against Real Madrid show that there are improvements to be made in concentration and discipline. This should be a good first step.

Posted by: googlio | August 9, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Breakers lose to Sol 1-2.

Freedom to play Sky Blue.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 9, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The parking lots after the game were an abomination. You would think that after hosting the Redskins all these years they could get the cars out of the lot and onto the highway, but you'd be wrong. This does not bode well for the u2 show.

Posted by: leafblower | August 9, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

All things considered, a decent friendly game for DC United.
By some reports, Real Madrid's payroll is about 128 million a year more than DCU's approx 2 mill. A difference should be expected on the field.
Real Madrid is a good team and handled our local team. They also easily handle teams like Osasuna, Atletico Madrid, Malaga, etc. in the Spanish League. Of course, very few would go watch a game like, say, DC United hosting Getafe or just about any UEFA team that never challenges for the Champions League.
Entertaining match.

Posted by: DCU98_BestEver | August 9, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

TheWashDipsSince88 -- Niell was a loaner, and cost us about $55k as a result. As for the money made last night, the numbers have been well-publicized (by Goff and elsewhere) over the last couple of weeks. These two examples show that your bizarre posts would work a lot better if you had *any idea at all factually* what you're talking about.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | August 10, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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