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Real Madrid vs. Real Salt Lake

Location: Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Utah. Site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Also where the University of Utah football team plays their games (that's American football, not soccer).

About the Photo: This photo was taken during half-time as the second half substitutions for Real Madrid and Real Salt Lake warmed up. This is the first soccer game I ever attended and I was quite excited to see David Beckham (he's actually warming up on the field in this photo, but you would need a magnifying glass to see him), Roberto Carlos, Raul, Van Nistelrooy, and the rest of the super star Madrid squad. Salt Lake gave Madrid a surprisingly tougher game than anyone expected, but they still lost 2-0.
The two goals for Real Madrid where scored by Van Nistelrooy (penalty kick) and Robinho. You can read more about the game here at Real Madrid's website.

Side note: Our local news reported that David Beckham walked around down town Salt Lake with some other members of Real Madrid, and they went virtually unnoticed. I wonder how it felt for Beckham to walk around and not get recognized? At the game however I did see more Beckham jerseys than all the Real Salt Lake jersey’s and T-shirts combined.

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