Real Madrid Expected To Give MLS Stars Intense Match
Spanish club, Real Madrid will play the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Wednesday and veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard has told top North American club players to expect "cut-throat" competition.
A team of selected MLS players will play against Real Madrid at Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.
The game marks the end of a four-match, 11-day pre-season US tour for Real Madrid that included a 3-2 loss to rival Barcelona in a Clasico matchup at Miami.
But Howard expects Real Madrid to bring their best as they prepare for the upcoming La Liga campaign.
"When you get to play for a team like Real Madrid, there's no days off," Howard said. "There are no easy games. They have a world-class coach that they are trying to impress.
"They have got to play well to earn a spot coming up for the La Liga season. World football is intense and it's cut-throat. There aren't any days when guys just take it easy. When you put your jersey on and cross the line -- whether it's a tournament, a regular-season game, a pre-season game, an All-Star Game -- these guys are going to be up for it."
Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Howard will start in goal for Chicago Fire coach Veljiko Paunovic in the mid-season exhibition.