Van Gaal, Manchester United making big changes to preseason


With their 2-0 victory yesterday, Paris Saint-Germain claimed the 2015 International Champions Cup (a preseason tournament). PSG, who were playing in the ICC for the first time, claimed the “championship” (as you can’t really have a championship in a collection of friendlies) by finishing the tournament with 10 points and handed Manchester United its first lost ever in eight ICC matches.

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How to have fun with Big Ten Media Day Cliches

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Last year, my kitty question to then Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini ended up the lead in every national publication’s Big Ten Media Day coverage. I’m not just #humblebragging here, I was genuinely shocked that a topic so trivial would become 2014’s most compelling Big Ten Media Day storyline. People (like myself) love cats, but the greater point here is: very little, if any, actual news is made at Big Ten Media Day.

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Updates on Di Maria transfer saga from Blanc, Van Gaal

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Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal sparred with reporters a little bit towards the end of the postgame press conference tonight. You can hear his back and forth with a reporter present in this audio file linked here.

Following Paris St Germain‘s 2-0 win over Manchester United, both managers were asked about the Angel Di Maria transfer saga. Van Gaal was of course coy in his response. He had some fun with it.

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AUDIO: Laurent Blanc postgame press conference vs Manchester United

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(UPDATE: transcriptions of what Blanc, Van Gaal said in response to the Angel Di Maria questions tonight)

Paris St. Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0 tonight in a clash between two of the richest and most valuable football clubs in the world. With the win in the friendly, PSG have now claimed the International Champions Cup. After the game Blanc spoke with the media and we have the full audio embedded after the jump.

This is the first time these two European giants have ever met in their long illustrious histories.

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AUDIO: Louis van Gaal postgame press conference vs PSG


(UPDATE: transcriptions of what Blanc, Van Gaal said in response to the Angel Di Maria questions tonight)

Louis van Gaal sparred with reporters a little bit towards the end of the postgame press conference tonight. You can hear his back and forth with a reporter present in this audio file embedded below. You can also hear yours truly, in the middle towards the end. I asked Van Gaal the question about what’s been the highlights of what he’s seen this summer preseason tour.

Conversely I followed up with what have the lowlights.

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VIDEO: Manchester United in game intro at Soldier Field


Paris St. Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0 tonight and clinched the International Champions Cup title. Yes, “title” in a preseason friendly. It’s oxymoronic, we know. Just be very glad that no one got hurt from either side in the final exhibition warm-up for both teams.

We’re just days away from the domestic regular season beginning for both sides.

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The Man United starting XI vs Paris St. Germain is in


The Man United starting XI versus Paris Saint. Germain is now in.  Here is the lineup Louis van Gaal is going with. This comes to you from a print out available in the press box here at Soldier Field in Chicago. The winner between United and PSG will take home the “championship” of the International Champions Cup, a preseason tournament.  [Read more…]

VIDEO: PSG training event before Man United clash (EXCLUSIVE)


In advance of the Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United friendly tonight, PSG will treat underprivileged children from Chicago to a “Dream Day.” 50 children from the Boys & Girls organization and the Chicago Magic Soccer Club will join the Paris Saint-Germain Foundation for a training session, player meet and greet and then attend the International Champions Cup game.

The winner tonight at Soldier Field in Chicago will claim the “championship” of the preseason tournament.


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VIDEO: new 2015-16 Manchester United kit teaser; release date

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Photos of the new Manchester United kit leaked online when the home red went on sale a week early in the United States. As you know Manchester United Football Club broke a shirt sponsor record when they switched from Aon to Chevrolet. They also broke a kit deal record for partnership with a manufacturer when they made the switch from Nike to Adidas. The new Manchester United kit deal is worth over $1.1 billion!

The new shirts will go on sale at midnight Saturday reports the Manchester Evening News

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Manchester United getting in and out of Chicago QUICKLY


Chicago is the greatest summer city in the entire world (see the photo above for proof), but Manchester United won’t have time to experience it. If they beat Paris St. Germain tonight at Soldier Field, the Red Devils will get the chance to lift a preseason trophy, so the city of broad shoulders could given the team some very pleasant memories.

But the heat, and more so the humidity impairs United’s ability to effectively train in my hometown. And no one is going to argue with Manager Louis van Gaal in that time spend on the training pitch is much more important that these preseason friendlies.

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Illini basketball have more serious issues beyond Abrams’ absence


It is not the fault of Illini basketball Coach John Groce that senior point guard Tracy Abrams has sort of become the Big Ten version of Derrick Rose. (Or maybe an Illinois version of Robbie Hummel; when it comes to being snake bit by injuries, but not in terms of talent).

It is the fault of John Groce that he has no other options beyond Abrams. 

Yesterday’s news is devastating for Abrams, the Illini basketball program, and those connected to the program. Abrams appears to be an all round good guy, on and off the court, and his valuable presence will truly be missed.

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Latest headlines on Angel Di Maria PSG transfer saga


Manchester United and PSG will meet today in my hometown of Chicago to settle the International Champions Cup. The winner of the preseason friendly tonight at Soldier Field will take home the preseason tournament “championship.” The two clubs are also looking to settle the deal for Angel di Maria (although that’s completely remote and independent of this match).

This transfer saga is still on going, even though it’s certain that Di Maria is headed to Paris St. Germain.

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