Manchester United’s trophy and legends tour coming to U.S.

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On Tuesday Manchester United officially announced they will be spending the summer of 2014 in the United States, as the Red Devils head Stateside for a preseason tour for the first time in three years.

Now, tied in with the trip to the USA, United legend Bryan Robson will be heading to four U.S. cities in February on the Reds’ worldwide Trophy Tour, which aims to let as many fans as possible get a glimpse of their latest Premier League title which made them the most successful club in English history with 20 crowns.

Fans in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York can meet ex-Reds skipper Robson and have their photo taken with the Barclays Premier League trophy, with the entire tour part of the celebrations of United’s 20th league title captured last season.

(MORE: United announce U.S. tour for summer 2014, as European giants flock to USA)

In total the legends and trophy tour will span 152 days, 67,000 miles, 4 continent and 31 cities in 24 countries, as Robson and other former United stars, Andrew Cole, Denis Irwin and Dwight Yorke, will take the tour’s traveling museum and the famous Premier League trophy around a number of locations including Dubai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Shanghai, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Moscow and Istanbul.

In the USA the four destinations will be displaying items of historic United memorabilia from Old Trafford in the mobile museum.

Make sure you get along to your nearest city to see some of the greatest soccer memorabilia on the planet. You will not want to miss this.

Here are all the dates, times and details, as United share their success with citizens of the USA.

Los Angeles
Friday 7 February (Trophy 13:30 PT, Museum all day)
Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Legend in attendance from 13:30: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the ‘Hollywood’ sign from 16:00.

San Francisco
Sunday 9 February (Trophy 12:00 PT, Museum all day)
Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market Street
Legend in attendance from 12:00: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the Golden Gate Bridge from 14:30.

Chicago
Tuesday 11 February (Trophy 12:00 CT, Museum all day)
Water Tower Place, 835 North Michigan Avenue
Legend in attendance from 12:00: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the Skydeck at the Willis Tower from 14:30.

New York
Friday 14 February (Trophy 12:30 ET, Museum all day)
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle
Legend in attendance from 12:30: Bryan Robson

Podolski after golazo finale: “This is like a great movie”

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Lukas Podolski has won a EURO, a World Cup, and the Bundesliga with two different sides.

Only Lothar Matthaus and Miroslav Klose have been capped more than Germany’s Polish born Podolski, and he received a hero’s send-off from the home crowd at Germany’s 1-0 win over England on Wednesday.

And of course he sent himself off in style with a gorgeous goal.

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Podolski said there were more than 30,000 people from Cologne at the match, where he won one of his two Bundesliga titles.

“That’s when you know where you home is, and that you’ve done a lot of good, also off the pitch,” Podolski said. “That makes me very proud.”

It was a perfect night to say goodbye, and the goal made it almost surreal (Thomas Muller called it “cheesy”).

From Goal.com:

“This is like a great movie,” he told ARD. “We win 1-0 and I score the goal.

“I know I have a left foot that was probably gifted to me by God, or someone up there, and I can always rely on it. I am proud of these last 13 years.”

Feel good hit of the Spring.

Report: Guardiola close to adding $43m Benfica goalkeeper

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Year Two of the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City could feature another big goalkeeper purchase.

Claudio Bravo hasn’t panned out in sky blue, and Joe Hart doesn’t look likely to be coming back. Wily Caballero is getting the lion’s share of the minutes right now, playing every minute aside from a trio of FA Cup matches since February.

[ MORE: Podolski scores screamer in German finale ]

$43 million is the fee noted by Abola when it comes to the latest target for Guardiola, a neck-tattooed Brazilian by the name of Ederson.

The Benfica backstop, 23, has 20 clean sheets in 32 appearances this season. He signed a new six-year deal in late January, but money may talk here.

Podolski goes out with super goal; Germany tops England

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The highlight of Wednesday’s international friendly docket was Lukas Podolski‘s final match for Germany, and the former Arsenal man did not disappoint his crowd.

But first, Canada plays its first match since unveiling new coach Octavio Zambrano.

[ MORE: Zlatan still bitter with Guardiola ]

Scotland 1-1 Canada

Zambrano saw plenty to like from his new side, as Canada went ahead early with a goal from former Scottish youth Fraser Aird. Toronto-born, the ex-Rangers and current Falkirk man got his first Canadian goal against the team he represented at U-17 and U-19 levels.

Norwich City’s Steven Naismith redirected Tom Cairney‘s shot to make it 1-1 before the break, but Scotland never found its way back into Canada’s net.

Germany 1-0 England

Lukas Podolski scored his 49th international goal in his final cap for Germany, and it was spectacular.

Joe Hart didn’t stand a chance.

The match saw big stops from both ‘keepers, as Hart thwarted Leroy Sane on a second half break after Marc-Andre Ter Stegen defied Dele Alli in the opening 45.

Podolski subbed off in the 84th minute to wild applause, but it must sting slightly to know you finished an illustrious career one goal short of a nice, round 50. We guess he’ll have to rest on his millions and millions of earnings and loads of on-field honors.

Elsewhere
Vietnam 1-1 Chinese Taipei
Philippines 0-0 Malaysia
Cyprus 3-1 Kazakhstan
Yemen 0-1 Palestine
Cambodia 2-3 India

McClean to wear No. 5 in honor of deceased ex-teammate

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James McClean is a colorful personality who doesn’t shy away from strong opinions — he once called Jurgen Klopp “a bit of an idiot” — and the West Brom man is using the big stage of World Cup qualifying to proudly honor a deceased ex-teammate.

McClean has long before friends with Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who shockingly died hours after leading his side to a league win this weekend. Given his age (27), few saw it coming even after McBride admitted to feeling ill after the match.

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McBride and McClean played together at Derry, and the latter was excused from Republic of Ireland training to attend funeral services this week.

He’s still expected to play a role in Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday, and McClean will don the No. 5 of McBride. Irish defender Richard Keogh usually wears the number and agreed to the change.