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Manchester United topped Liverpool in final; Did it raise ICC profile?

Aug 5, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

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A trophy was kissed after a championship match played between Liverpool and Manchester United on Sunday in Miami, a title tilt played as part of the two clubs’ preseason tours of the United States. United claimed a 3-1 decision in the final game of the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup (Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard scored for Manchester, while Steven Gerrard scored for Liverpool).

And despite 51,000 fans in attendance at Sun Life Stadium, the question remains: how far away is the tournament from having relevance outside of big names and big crowds?

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There’s no question the tournament itself was a success in terms of attendance and promotion of the clubs branding in America. And many of the matches were a good watch, as fans got to check out superstars plying their trade for major clubs.

And, as mentioned, on the one hand, there were the championship photos and celebrations…

…but on the other hand there are the post match comments like these:

The tournament is by invitation, not qualification, and features managers trying to try out new faces while be limited in selections by transfers, international duty and fitness. And certainly a major tournament for van Gaal doesn’t include subbing out Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Jonny Evans.

Manchester United: De Gea, Evans (Blackett 45), Smalling, Jones, Valencia (Shaw 8), Herrera (Lingard 78), Fletcher (Cleverley 45), Young, Mata (Kagawa 69), Rooney, Hernandez (Nani 69).

Liverpool: Mignolet, Kelly, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho (Toure 74), Gerrard (Lucas 62), Allen (Can 62), Henderson, Coutinho (Peterson 77), Lambert (Ibe 62), Sterling.

It’s enough for the tournament to be a fun summer run-up for fans and a showcase in America, but wouldn’t it be neat if we were talking about the first notable trophy of the new club season being won in America? Is this possible within 10 years? 20? Perhaps not, as managers make snide comments about their preseason scheduling, but it’s fun and easy to imagine the significance growing.

  1. lordfletcher - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    This US fan loved all of it and hope it grows and grows

    Doesn’t hurt my beloved red devils won :)

    Can’t wait to go again next year if back in MN.

  2. footballer4ever - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I had the pleasure to be among the 51,014 fans who braved the tropical downpour weather who attended the football game at Joe Robbie Stadium or now commercially known as Sunlife Stadium. Besides the weather, having the final on a Monday, unlike last year’s final between Real Madrid vs Chelsea FC also hurt the attendance from being higher. The first half Manchester United was not recognizable and Liverpool got the first score on a sterling flop in the penalty box. In the second half, Manchester United gave the fooball play was different from the beginning and in no time ManU gave the one-two and before the game ended it gave the knockout punch. The football level play was good/great even if it was a preseason football tournament final game, but everyone had a blast and the in-stadium fan experience was electric more like the football play on the pitch was. After watching Premier League matches on tv for many years, it was a pleasure to watch two world re-knowned football clubs in my own backyard. GICC 2015 will be even better than the previulous ones for sure.

  3. dohpey28 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    The Fox Sports 1 Man U focused broadcast was really unbearable tv.

  4. doclolly - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    van Gaal already brought more trophies to United then Moyes

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