Uncertainty over 'Carmageddon' effect on Galaxy-Real Madrid

LOS ANGELES -- Judging by the sparse pregame crowd, the closure of Interstate 405 -- notoriously pegged as "Carmageddon" -- might have had an effect on the turnout at the Memorial Coliseum for Saturday night's exhibition match between the Galaxy and Real Madrid. Speculation was that the freeway closure would force traffic inland, adding congestion to the downtown area and further complicating transportation, but that didn't appear to be the case.

Traffic surrounding the Harbor Freeway moved as if it would on a typical Saturday, according to local flow maps on Sigalert.com. Speeds were at normal rush-hour levels at the two recommended exits off northbound Route 110 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Exposition Blvd -- some 30 minutes before the scheduled 7 p.m. start time. The same could be said for southbound traffic.

"There's always traffic in that area anyways," defender A.J. DeLaGarza said Friday. "Hopefully some people are staying home that aren't coming to the game. Hopefully it's just game traffic."

Galaxy officials were expecting an attendance of around 60,000 but that estimate seemed too high if the poor showing during pregame was any indication. Large chunks of empty seats tarnished the Coliseum ambiance when both teams took the field for pregame warmups about half an hour before kickoff.