Record crowd watches game

August 7, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Diego Martinez scored a late goal to give Mexico's CD Guadalajara a 1-1 tie with FC Barcelona Sunday night in front of a sellout crowd of 92,650 at the Coliseum.

The attendance is the largest ever for a soccer game in the United States involving a club team.

Martinez tied the score in the 83rd minute. Martinez ran onto Adolfo Bautista's high pass and headed the ball from eight yards between goalkeeper Ruben Martinez and the left post.

Eidur Gudjohnsen gave FC Barcelona a 1-0 lead in the 74th minute. Ronaldinho passed quickly to Gudjohnsen, whose first shot hit the left post. But Gudjohnsen secured the rebound and converted from seven yards.

Ronaldinho, the two-time FIFA player of the year, entered the game in the 46th minute to a loud ovation accompanied by the popping of camera flashes in the stands.

"The reception from the crowd was exceptional," Ronaldinho said.

Among the other international stars who played Sunday night for Barcelona were Edmilson, Samuel Eto'o, Rafael Marquez, Carlos Puyol, Mark Van Bommel and Giovani Van Bronckhorst.

"The main issue is managing the minutes for our players on the pitch," Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said. "We are in the preseason and the only thing that's important is the work that we do."

FC Barcelona, the defending Spanish and European champion, will continue its tour of the United States with a game against Mexico City's Club America on Wednesday in Houston.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press