United’s final tour tally:
5 matches (L.A., Denver, Washington, Ann Arbor, Miami)
1 draw (PK triumph)
16 goals for
4 goals against
Average attendance: 72,442
United will play its final tuneup next Tuesday against Valencia before opening the Premier League campaign Aug. 16 against Swansea City at Old Trafford.
Here’s hoping that, after years of exhibitions littered with substitutions and experimentation, the Premier League can concoct a formula to play a real match at a U.S. venue. The NFL plays a regular season game in London; why can’t the EPL make it happen in America? The audience is here. Tickets would disappear in hours. It would be a matter of identifying the time of year to avoid severe travel impact, selecting the proper venue and finding agreeable clubs, one of whom would have to relinquish a home date. Or perhaps two matches involving the same two clubs, thus neutralizing any advantages over the two-game season series. It would have to be done just right: no temporary grass over artificial turf, no football-worn fields with markings, no bowling-alley dimensions like in Ann Arbor.
A complicated proposition but one worth exploring.
Anyway, video from the ICC final: