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Record crowd sees Man United top Real Madrid 3-1
AP ^ | August 2, 2014 | Noah Trister

Posted on 08/02/2014 7:59:43 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Manchester United thrilled a record crowd with a brilliant opening goal — and even Cristiano Ronaldo's unexpected entrance proved futile for Real Madrid.

Ashley Young scored twice in the first half, and United beat Madrid 3-1 on Saturday in front of 109,318 fans at Michigan Stadium. It was the largest crowd to see a soccer game in the United States, breaking the mark of 101,799 set at the Rose Bowl for the 1984 Olympic final.

Ronaldo has been recovering from the left leg injury that limited him in the World Cup, but the world player of the year came on surprisingly as a 74th-minute substitute, although he didn't have much impact.

"His condition is improving," manager Carlo Ancelotti said. "I think that he needs another week to train with the teammates, and then I think he will be ready for the first game of the season."

United remained unbeaten this year in the International Champions Cup, advancing to the final of the preseason tournament under new manager Louis van Gaal. Javier Hernandez added a goal in the second half for the English power.

Gareth Bale scored for Real Madrid, but the European champions finished winless in three matches in the event.

Although United will play Liverpool in Monday night's final in Miami, this was probably the tournament's marquee match, with two of the game's most storied clubs playing at one of the largest and most iconic venues in the U.S.

"That was incredible," United's Michael Keane said. "Obviously, it is the biggest crowd I've ever played in front of, and it is for a friendly in the States. I've always heard they don't care for our football, but there were 109,000 people out there. That's pretty crazy anywhere in the world."

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1 posted on 08/02/2014 7:59:43 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: cripplecreek

Ann Arbor was rockin’ tonight.


2 posted on 08/02/2014 8:00:16 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Huge crowd, thanks for posting this, I think the Bernabeau at that holds over 100 K as well.

I watched the other night, Chivas Guadalajara vs. Bayern Munich, actually a reasonably good match.


3 posted on 08/02/2014 8:04:01 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: 1rudeboy

Wondered what was going on over there tonight but didn’t put it together.


4 posted on 08/02/2014 8:04:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 1rudeboy

MU may have a manager who can cope with the egos and manage at the same time. I hope so!


5 posted on 08/02/2014 8:10:02 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: 1rudeboy

Recreational, sporting and music are really growing as economic drivers in Southern Michigan these days.

Things like this soccer match, The Tigers are bringing full house crowds to Comerica park, the Faster horses festival at MIS drew better than 60,000 a week or so back. They’re also restarting the state fair at MIS. We even have a new History Channel reality show about the guys at Darkhorse brewery in Marshall (Darkhorse Nation)


6 posted on 08/02/2014 8:14:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 1rudeboy

People are tired of steroids and the all-black league sports.


7 posted on 08/02/2014 8:17:47 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws
I wouldn't go as far as to say people are tired, because the stadiums are still full. But people are growing weary of the amount it costs to take a family of four (for example) to a game.

That being said, tickets to this game weren't cheap (in the $100 range) and my, ahem, advance scouts told me that no one was scalping any (that was my plan to get in). So I went back to the pub and drank. Beer at the stadium was $10, by the way.

8 posted on 08/02/2014 8:24:08 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Oh, soccer, no wonder the thread title was weird.


9 posted on 08/02/2014 8:31:08 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

Hey. Soccer is the most popular “sport” on earth. And McDonalds sells a Kabazillion burgers. Fact.


10 posted on 08/02/2014 8:57:20 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: 1rudeboy

Good on Ann Arbor, also UM and the long supportive fans of Futbol in the area. It started with the Europeans back, I think, in the ‘50s. Recent immigrants brought the game from the old country. Super.


11 posted on 08/02/2014 9:07:09 PM PDT by Ace's Dad (Proud grandpa of a "Brit Chick" named Poppy Loucks (Call sign "Popsickle").)
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To: reagandemocrat

Funny how things change in a month. FReepers were assuring me that soccer will never become popular in the United States.


12 posted on 08/02/2014 9:24:33 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: reagandemocrat
I get the /sarc in your post.......

It was still a bizarre thread title.

13 posted on 08/02/2014 9:57:58 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

What’s so bizarre about it? Just curious.


14 posted on 08/02/2014 10:36:19 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Ace's Dad
Interestingly enough, soccer and baseball evolved in the U.S. at the same time. I do not wish to do disservice to the book, but one argument is that soccer was "stunted" because it was club-oriented, whereas baseball was monopoly-oriented.

National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer

It's a fascinating read, if you are a sports/econ nerd.

15 posted on 08/02/2014 10:52:51 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: cripplecreek

“Recreational, sporting and music are really growing as economic drivers in Southern Michigan these days.”

It is always good to see commerce developing/money changing hands, but the “bread and circuses” economy is a house of cards. As real jobs become scarce, the number of participants/customers at these events dwindle. Good for a transitional stage, but won’t sustain an economy.

I was happy to see so many fans at the game.


16 posted on 08/03/2014 3:31:54 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

It depends. If its a permanent facility that continues to operate with big crowds it can become a major portion of the immediate local economy. Michigan international speedway makes Brooklyn into Michigan’s 3rd largest city for two weekends per year from a town of 1200. If not for the track, Brooklyn would be a farm community with 2 or 3 hundred people. They all come to spend and it requires minimal infrastructure.


17 posted on 08/03/2014 5:17:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Living a few miles south of the Meadowlands here in NJ, I can understand the potential. The problem is that the local economy collapsed, so tickets go unsold (the NY Giants went through a 30-year waiting list for their season tickets when they built the new stadium a couple of years ago, and I don’t know if they’ve sold them all yet).

It is a tough sell in a bad economy; even though the teams had turned their backs on regular fans and families (thinking corporate boxes were the future), the newly-designed facilities probably will never pay for themselves now.


18 posted on 08/03/2014 8:07:36 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: 1rudeboy
Recently a commentator on ESPN radio likened the “soccer haters” to the Lawrence Welk audience back in 1963 who thought those crazy Beetles would amount to nothing. To my observation, the “soccer haters” primarily come from the baseball purist camp, the Lawrence Welk’s of the current sporting world. They live in a bubble of nostalgia and are unable to see the change in sporting interest. They are unable to see their sport slowly dying, to be overcome by soccer in the near future. To go the way of Boxing and Horse Racing. Last weekend the Spurs-Chicago Fire game destroyed the national MLB game in the ratings on a Saturday night. A soccer friendly (exhibition) match had more viewers by a factor of 3 than a mid-season MLB game. I feel sorry for baseball players like Mike Trout. He is like a great crooner in the Dean Martin mold circa 1967, while Ronaldo and Messi are Lennon and Jagger. The NFL and NBA embrace the change and are smart enough to stay ahead of the wave, but MLB is so moldy and hapless that it will only get swept away in the next decades.
19 posted on 08/03/2014 11:29:12 AM PDT by gusty
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20 posted on 08/03/2014 11:30:21 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: gusty
I'm a huge baseball fan, and I'm not happy with the direction I see things are going. The owners don't care as long as the money rolls in, and they can get taxpayers to subsidize their stadiums.

It will take a revolution, of sorts, to get things headed back in the proper direction. I don't think the owners are up to the task.

I saw a couple of guys wearing Chicago Fire jerseys at the match. I chuckled to myself, but thought, "there's some loyalty there." In a broader sense, I saw a good number of US national team jerseys, Croatia(!) jerseys, and FC Barcelona jerseys. The last was most surprising, but the fans didn't care . . . they were there to enjoy the game.

So spare me the "lack of popularity" BS.

Funny aside: after the game ended, I went to the bathroom to relieve myself. After I was there for a while (ahem, I drank a lot of iced tea), I noticed that the "crowd" behind me was verbally abusing (in a good-natured way) the guy standing next to me for taking too long. I literally had been standing there twice as long, so without looking, I said "hey guys, cut him some slack, it was a long half."

Then I turned around and saw that the guy being "abused" was wearing a Real Madrid jersey, and the "abusers" were wearing Man U colors.

So they were cutting me slack because I was wearing a Man U jersey. LOL

21 posted on 08/03/2014 11:45:12 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Yes, baseball will need a revolution to stay relevant in the next decades to come. One idea I had was to reduce the regular season to 104 games, played on a four day Thursday-Sunday series each week. Reduce the leagues a team a piece and play home and away within the leagues, no interleague play. It would make the games on TV a more much watch event, as the anticipation for the weekend series builds during the weekdays. Advantages are many. TV ratings would go up, the games would be better with no fifth (bad) starters and less middle (bad) relievers, starters going once a week might lead to less Tommy John surgeries, less travel, etc. The buzz for the game would explode. Another idea would be to keep the same schedule and reduce the game to 7 innings. People would consider watching more games if they knew the game would not drag on for ever. These ideas are not perfect, but they are ideas outside the box, which the Selig's of the world would never consider.
22 posted on 08/03/2014 12:52:34 PM PDT by gusty
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