It's official. UCLA will be Real Madrid's preseason headquarters, the Spanish club confirmed this week, and will arrive in Westwood on July 11.
It's not news, aside from the date: The Merengues' friendlies with the Galaxy (July 16 at the Coliseum) and Guadalajara (July 20 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego) were announced last month, and manager Jose Mourinho has brought each of his teams -- Chelsea and Inter Milan before Real -- to UCLA for preseason.
Real Madrid spent preseason last year in Westwood and beat the Galaxy, 3-2, in front of 89,134 at the Rose Bowl.
Real Madrid's release notes that UCLA “boasts 173 buildings and 170 hectares in its campus, including two football pitches, a baseball field, a basketball arena and a gym.”
The Spaniards will head to Philadelphia following the game with Chivas to play the Union on July 23, return to Madrid the following day, and travel to China on July 30 for games against two Chinese clubs.