Around The Galaxy: Real Madrid Monday Bullets

CR7 looks about as tired/annoyed as I feel whenever a new Kun/Neymar rumor pops up.

Union Fight Valiantly, Fall 2-1 to Real Madrid - Brotherly Game
Co-madridista and editor at the Brotherly Game, summed up Real Madrid's tough, hard-fought triumph over the Philadelphia Union: "The Union may have fallen to Real Madrid 2-1 at Lincoln Financial Field, but the event was a great success as a whole."

Real Madrid tops Union, 2-1 - Philly.com
So this is what one of the world's best soccer teams looks like. Real Madrid came to Philadelphia demonstrating the pace, the touch, the teamwork and, more important, the skill that has made it such a world-renowned powerhouse. (Strong words! I didn't even like Madrid that much in this match). But...

Kaká didn't start against the Union--the beginning of the end? - Real Madrid | actualidad - AS.com
As.com has already begun, vulture-like, to circle around Kaká. In this newest installment of "lets devour the soul of one of Real Madrid's best players," they keenly point out that Kaká was a substitute against the Philadelphia Union. Oh god! They neglect to mention, of course, that Cristiano Ronaldo was also a sub for that game. Oops? (In all seriousness, Kaká hasn't been too sharp in 2 out of the 3 games so far--I'll be writing a short piece soon on this, but let's not get too crazy like fanboy paper #2. 

In with the new - MARCA.com
MARCA.com reminds us that Madrid's newest signings are young, talented, and already prepared to play at the highest levels (as they have all demonstrated in their preseason play). Thanks, fanboy paper # 1! Always good to know that some one is happy with this team!

"Agüero could sign for City by the end of this week" - ATLÉTICO | LIGA BBVA - AS.com
According to Roberto Mancini, who is "not sure how everything is going right now," Agüero could sign for City "possibly within four or five days."

Everyone at Athletic loves Marcelo Bielsa...and so do I - MARCA.com

Athletic Bilbao, one of Madrid's oldest rivals, hired one of my favorite worldwide coaches, "El Loco" Marcelo Bielsa (of Chile 2010 fame) this offseason. I know this isn't strictly Real Madrid-related, but I literally cannot wait to see what he does for Athletic. They're a cool club, and that man is incredibly funny (and genuinely talented). Expect lots of crazy attacks with absurd formations. Oh, and lots of unintentional comedy. 

U.S. Soccer culture fuels its international demise - ESPN
In a little preview of tomorrow's podcast with Robert Lintott, one of the editors of SBNation's Aston Villa blog 7500 to Holte, here's an article from ESPN talking about soccer culture in the United States. Is the culture of competitiveness, endless tournaments, and victory over skill ruining the USA's chances of becoming a great soccer power? 

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