July 28th, 2011
Midweek Results: Promising Pre-Seasons
Presumably not the only trophy Vidic hopes to be holding in his mitts at the end of the season. Image: Getty Images/Daylife.
Well, we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that our results posts are a year-round feature. We can only assume that this is because our coverage is so utterly fabulous that even the footballing authorities daren’t miss a week and so cobble together random competitions to keep ‘em coming.
Today, we’re mostly exuding relentless optimism. Mainly because the caffeine isn’t working.
MLS All-Stars 0 Manchester United 4
With the new EPL season within sniffing distance and Champions League conquerors Barcelona showing no sign of slackening off, Manchester United will be pleased that their pre-season has proved to be so prolific. Eighteen goals in four matches should be sufficient to calm most of the fluttering that might be taking place before Saturday’s face-off at the FedExField in Washington DC. Although possibly not all.
Last night, Alex Ferguson’s men comfortably dispatched the MLS All-Star squad, which featured David Beckham, Thierry Henry and our new lust object, Omar Cummings of the Colorado Rapids. With Javier Hernandez crocked after a training ground concussion, it was up to Anderson, Park Ji Sung, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov to finish the job in a 4-nil game that ebbed and flowed with opportunity, if not necessarily dynamism.
The Red Devils face a considerably tougher test this Saturday, and we’re still trying to muscle some freebie tickets for ourselves. Hee!
If only all football competitions were as straightforward as the Audi Cup. Two days, four teams and sufficient substitutions to make the games look as though there is some sort of in-play player rotation system in place. Fantastic for those of us who like our man-meat platter to be refreshed every fifteen minutes.
But despite this innovative approach, the Audi Cup unfortunately succumbed to the same penalty shootout curse that stalked the Copa America, with three of the four matches decided from the spot. On Tuesday, Barcelona and Brazil’s Sport Club Internacional drew 2-2, with Barca going through 4-2 on penalties; Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan ended normal time at 1-1 before the Germans sent Milan to the third place play-off vs. Internacional by converting all their penalties (Milan lost again, 2-0 on a penalty shoot out). At least they know what they need to focus on in pre-season, no?
The final match saw Barca’s Thiago Alcántara scored goals either side of half time to take it all, as well as Pep Guardiola in pink and khaki cargo pants. Please discuss and play nicely in the process.