PASADENA, Calif. – Manchester United gave the LA Galaxy a clinic on Wednesday night on how to play the beautiful game, and the MLS club was thankful for the lecture.
That’s how head coach Bruce Arena absorbed the humiliating 7-0 loss in a friendly at the Rose Bowl, focusing on the brilliance of the opponent rather than the embarrassing score line and noting that his players received a needed lesson, one they deserved.
PASADENA, Calif. – Despite being one of the bigger draws for fans that braved the hectic rush-hour traffic, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández was held out of Manchester United's lineup in Wednesday night's friendly against the LA Galaxy and will have to wait for his chance to impress new manager Louis van Gaal.
For most of the New York Red Bulls’ players, Saturday’s match vs. Arsenal is just another friendly. For Roy Miller, it is a chance to prove how close he is to resuming his place in the starting lineup.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It may have been a friendly match, but Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter wasn't happy with his team giving up two goals to English Premier League side Crystal Palace in Wednesday night's 2-2 draw at Crew Stadium.
PASADENA, Calif. – Bruce Arena didn't have to look far to find a few positives from the LA Galaxy's 7-0 debacle in Wednesday night's Rose Bowl friendly against Manchester United, even as his players called the result embarrassing.
PASADENA, Calif. – The LA Galaxy expected to see Manchester United at their best, or whatever their "best" might be in their preseason opener. They hoped to give the English powerhouse a real test.
Not all went as expected in Wednesday night's Rose Bowl friendly. Man. United were impressive in Louis van Gaal's debut as manager, but the Galaxy weren't much opposition in front of 86,432 mostly red-clad fans, a group that included David Beckham, who starred for both clubs.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The final scoreline aside, Sporting Kansas City got most of what they wanted out of this one.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sporting Kansas City's defending MLS Cup champions hung in with Manchester City for nearly all of the first half. After that, Wednesday night's “Champions Shield” friendly belonged to the Premiership titlists.
City pulled away from a 1-1 deadlock with a goal in the dying minutes of the first half and two more – one of those from the penalty spot – after the break, cruising to a 4-1 victory at Sporting Park in the opening match of their North American summer tour.
TORONTO – Rarely is a friendly actually a friendly, but on a cool night at BMO Field, Jermain Defoe welcomed plenty of familiar faces from his former side, Tottenham Hotspur, in an entertaining 3-2 match that had plenty of goals and moments of excitement, including a second-half comeback from Toronto FC.