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D.C. United acquires Raphael Augusto on loan from Fluminense

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D.C. United acquires Raphael Augusto on loan from Fluminense

D.C. United announced today that the team has signedBrazilian midfielder Raphael Augusto on loan from Fluminense in Rio deJaneiro. Per team and Leaguepolicy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be available once he receives an InternationalTransfer Certificate and visa.Augusto has played with the Brazil U-20 Mens National Teamand is currently on loan to America-RN of Brazilian Serie B.D.C. United had an open international slot on the rosterbecause Maicon Santos obtained a green card. For more information, check out www.dcunited.com.

Arsenal-Real Madrid friendly brings spectacle, physicality of European soccer to FedEx Field

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Arsenal-Real Madrid friendly brings spectacle, physicality of European soccer to FedEx Field

Soccer is known as “the beautiful game,” and there was plenty of sporting beauty on display during Arsenal and Real Madrid’s International Champions Cup clash at FedEx Field Monday night. 

But there was also a level of physicality FedEx Field doesn’t usually see unless the Redskins are playing here: a number of hard tackles, penalties, and an intense competitive edge, as if both clubs were fighting for legitimate European silverware. 

The first half alone featured the two sides of the soccer coin. There was some truly breathtaking play from both teams, highlighted by Arsenal’s second goal. Alexandre Lacazette set up strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a lovely back-heel flick, Aubameyang dribbling past Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas and burying the ball in the net, despite Sergio Ramos’ best efforts to clear the shot off the goalline. 

But the opening 45 minutes also featured a rash of fouls and two red cards. Real Madrid defender Nacho was sent off in the ninth minute after receiving two yellow cards, the second being a handball in the Madrid box which resulted in a Lacazette penalty try to give Arsenal the early lead. Arsenal manager Unai Emery said after the match he asked the referee if Real Madrid could be allowed to bring on another player to keep the sides equal, but the official said no. 

In a way, Emery got his wish at the end of the half when Arsenal center back Sokratis picked up two yellow cards in the span of two minutes, reducing both teams to 10 men before the halftime whistle. The Greek defender punted the ball across the pitch in frustration after seeing red from the referee to the delight of the Real Madrid supporters. 

The second half featured even more fireworks as Real Madrid mounted a comeback. Welsh forward Gareth Bale, who Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has publicly stated he hopes soon leaves the club, scored off a rebound to halve the deficit, Marco Asensio tying the game at 2-2 just minutes later. 


While some of the star power left the field as both managers emptied their benches in the closing stages, the two sides continued to give the crowd of 52,000 plenty of eye-catching attacking play to cheer on. In fact, the thrills continued after the final whistle, Real Madrid ultimately winning the match in a penalty shootout. 

D.C. United fans got a taste of world-class soccer when English star Wayne Rooney took MLS by storm last year. But Monday's clash between two European giants, their rosters featuring some of the globe's best players in their athletic primes, displayed all the beauty -- and even brutality -- the sport has to offer. 

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Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – International Champions Cup: How to watch, stream, history, lineups

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Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – International Champions Cup: How to watch, stream, history, lineups

The start of training camp is still two days away, but football is back at FedEx Field. English football, that is. 

The final stop on Arsenal's USA tour pits them against Real Madrid in Landover, Md. 

Arsenal finished 5th in the Premier League last season, totally 63 points across 32 matches. Real Madrid finished 3rd in La Liga play with 68 points across 38 matches. 

The two storied clubs will be meeting for just the third time ever, with Arsenal leading the series 1-0-1. 

Here's everything you need to know for how to watch, stream, and potential starters for Arsenal vs. Real Madrid. 

When is Arsenal vs. Real Madrid? 

Arsenal vs. Real Madrid is tonight, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. EST. The match will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redksins. 

What channel is Arsenal vs. Real Madrid on? 

Arsenal vs. Real Madrid will be broadcast live in the United States on ESPN, as well as ESPN Deportes, with coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

Where can I stream Arsenal vs. Real Madrid? 

You can stream Arsenal vs. Real Madrid on Hulu Live TV (they have live sports) via your computer or mobile device. Hulu Live TV is $44.99/month but gives viewers the option of a 7-day free trial. Arsenal vs. Real Madrid can also be streamed on Playstation Vue and Sling Orange. 

Who is playing in Arsenal vs. Real Madrid? 

While neither starting XI has been confirmed, expect to see Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the starting lineup for the Gunners. Forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to get the nod up top as well. 

As for Madrid, manager Zinedine Zidane is expected to start Eden Hazard but not Welshman Gareth Bale. Tony Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco should patrol the midfield for the Spanish club, with Belgin keeper Thibaut Courtois in net.  

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