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August 2, 2012 10:30 PM EDT
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LA Galaxy 1-5 Real Madrid: Galacticos goal glut guts Galaxy

Real Madrid may have been favored coming into this friendly, but they probably weren't expected to be so rampant against the Galaxy

By Zac Lee Rigg

CARSON, Calif. -- A record soccer attendence of 30,317 in the Home Depot Center watched Real Madrid trounce the LA Galaxy 5-1 on Thursday night.

Real Madrid scored early and it scored often. The first goal came in only the second minute, when Angel Di Maria dummied inside from the right flank and slipped a pass into the box. Gonzalo Higuain, whose brother Federico recently signed for MLS with the Columbus Crew, only needed one touch to put the ball in the back of the net.

Di Maria scored his own less than 10 minutes later. He skipped past his marker after Lass Diarra found him open and beat Josh Saunders near post.

The Galaxy pulled one back midway through the first half. David Beckham floated a trademark free kick into the box. Omar Gonzalez headed the ball back across goal and David Junior Lopes, who scored against Tottenham last week, bundled it into the net.

Madrid made sure it entered the half with a two-goal cushion courtesy of Jose Maria Callejon. Higuain passed straight through the Galaxy backline and Callejon's run lost Lopes, leaving him with an easy finish.

Within minutes of the wholesale changes at halftime (no player from either team started both halves), Esteban Granero chipped the LA defensive line and Alvaro Morata scored.

In the last few minutes Los Blancos capped off the game with a gorgeous flowing move. Karim Benzema made a diagonal run across the field, playing a one-two to keep his surge going, and passed to Mesut Ozil on the right. The German cut the ball back into the box and Jese Rodriguez finished it off.

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Los Angeles Galaxy

12
Josh Saunders
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
A.J. DeLaGarza
Defender
 - 
4
Omar Gonzalez
Defender
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-
David Lopes
Defender
23′
 - 
-
Bryan Gaul
Defender
 - 
5
Sean Franklin
Midfielder
 - 
19
Juninho
Midfielder
 - 
32
David Beckham
Midfielder
 - 
8
Marcelo Sarvas
Midfielder
 - 
10
 - 
7
Robbie Keane
Striker
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Real Madrid

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1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
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Nacho
Defender
40′
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33
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2
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5
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14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
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6
Lassana Diarra
Midfielder
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22
Kaká
Midfielder
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22
 - 
7
 - 
9

Substitutes

1
Brian Perk
Goalkeeper
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25
Rafa García
Midfielder
 - 
21
Tommy Meyer
Defender
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27
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-
 - 
12
Hector Jimenez
Midfielder
 - 
11
Pat Noonan
Midfielder
 - 
34
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-
 - 
33
 - 
9
Mike Magee
Midfielder
 - 
32
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Substitutes

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1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
3
Pepe
Defender
 - 
17
Arbeloa
Defender
 - 
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
 - 
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
 - 
25
 - 
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
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9
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7
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21
Morata
Striker
49′
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Alex
Midfielder
40′

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