The City of LA survived Carmageddon, and one local soccer team averted a shut-out.

LA Galaxy fell 4-1 to a poised Real Madrid, a decisive win.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sunday, July 16, 2011) – A hot Saturday night in Los Angeles, the final score of 4-1 indicates Real Madrid’s dominance against the Los Angeles Galaxy for the World Soccer Challenge in front of 56,211 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

You knew it would be a long night when the US National Anthem was played prior to the teams emerging from the tunnel.  And there was no anthem for the visiting Real Madrid.

The Madridista opened the first-half scoring with goals from Jose Callejon and Joselu to put their team ahead going into the locker room.

The long night continued and there was no respite for the Galaxy, with a disappointing finish for the team.

In the second half, both teams went to the bench and gradually substituted the starting XI.  But the momentum of the match did not change.

In 53 minutes of play, Real Madrid increased their lead with a goal from Ronaldo.  Within minutes another goal from Benzema.

Down 2-0, the Galaxy regrouped, though with few chances at goal.

Forward Adam Cristman headed home a much needed lone goal to help the team avoid the shutout.  Having played only two games in the 2011 MLS regular season as a substitute, hopefully, Cristman will be rewarded with a start in the next regular season games.

Next match, MLS: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center (7:30 p.m. PST).

Next match, World Soccer Challenge: Sunday, July 24, 2011, Manchester City vs. LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center (1 p.m. PST).

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