In Case You Missed It: Manchester United vs Real Madrid (August 2, 2014)
Aug 25 | Córdoba (La Liga) | 2-0 (W)
Aug 22 | Atlético Madrid (Supercopa) | 1-0 (L)
Aug 19 | Atlético Madrid (Supercopa) | 1-1 (D)
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for."
The player also penned an open letter to Real Madrid fans via Marca.
Where to Watch: ICC - Manchester United vs Real Madrid - 10:06 pm CEST | 4:06 pm EDT
Ronaldo has been included on the squad list; he may play tonight.
Absences: Jesé (injury) || Benzema, James, Varane (in Madrid) || Di María, Khedira, Kroos, Marcelo (on holiday)
These eight European clubs will use the U.S. based summer tournament (July 26 - August 4) as part of their preseason preparations. Representatives from each club, including Real Madrid’s Emilio Butragueño, were on hand for Tuesday’s press conference.
Per Grant Wahl, the format is slightly changed from the previous edition. Teams will be split into two groups instead of being bracketed. The group winners will meet in the final at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. Other cities involved are Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. At least one more city will be announced at a later date. The MCFC website added Minneapolis as one of the participating cities. [unconfirmed schedule]
It’s important to note that teams and squads may change based on possible 14/15 UEFA qualifiers, as well as the involvement in advanced stages of the World Cup.
Presale tickets for the final are already available. Use code FINAL. General public tickets go on sale Thursday, February 6. Ticket price ranges from $50.70 - $282.15 (fees included). Ticket news for the rest of the competition will be known over the coming weeks.
Team/date changes can’t be ruled out, but these screengrabs (mine) came directly from the ICC website’s cached web page.
Dates: July 26 - August 4, 2014
Clubs: Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma, Olympiacos
Cities: Dallas, Washington, D.C., Chicago, PIttsburgh, Denver, Miami, Phoenix, Charlotte, Ann Arbor, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia
"But even though Ferguson was so angry afterward that he refused to speak at the press conference, Rodríguez saw firsthand that he was still willing to share a post-game drink with Mourinho. Said Rodríguez, "He came out of the dressing room with a cup of wine in his hand, and he told me, ‘Tell José that the wine is ready, and tell him to hurry up.’”
Absences: Casillas (injury)
Yellow card alert: Alonso and Ramos are each a card away from missing the next match.
"[Manchester United] is a club where I played for six years and I have a very special affection for them. I always want to win but I have respect for the people have given me so much."
Stadium arrival | Absences: Casillas (injury) | Yellow card alert: Ramos and Alonso
José Mourinho: “Cristiano has nothing to fear because he’s loved there. I’m sure they will show him the love and the respect they have for what Cristiano did. He always shows clearly the respect he has for Man United and for the fans and for everybody there. He never, never regrets the fact that it was the most important period of his career, so I think the empathy is there. He was saying that if he scores a goal against Man U, he won’t celebrate. I agree totally.” […] “I think these kind of feelings are good and nice. He has nothing to fear.”