Summer tour: Bailey Blog 6 - the tournament
- Thu 14 Jul 2011, 2:51AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey in Los Angeles
Of course the sights and sounds of Southern California can be distracting especially when the sun is out but we are here in the land of milk and honey to win a football tournament.
Having said that the team will have been back home two weeks before we know whose name will be engraved on the Herbalife World Football Challenge trophy.
It could be one of 13 teams taking part in this festival of football for there is a surfeit of soccer from east to west in the next few weeks with the crème de la crème from both sides of the Atlantic in residence.
We make our playing debut in San Francisco at the weekend but the tournament begins tonight. The fixture list kicked off in the early hours of Thursday morning (UK time) with New England Revolution taking on United.
The full cast list is City, United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, C.D. Guadalajara, Club America, Sporting Lisbon, d from Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps, Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union.
For those who like to know these things in advance – and that is unlikely to include the players who will take every game as it comes - teams will receive points as follows. Three for a win in regulation time, two points for a penalty kick win and one point for a penalty kick loss.
Where it gets really interesting is that teams will be awarded an additional point for each goal up to three during the regulation 90 minutes of play regardless of whether they win or lose
The side with the most overall number of points will determine the winner of the tournament. Should there be a tie at the end of the event the winner will be determined on goal difference and then on goals scored in regulation play.
Most of the Blues squad will get a game as sides can name 14 subs for each contest and use 11 of them.
There is, nevertheless, a battle on to get into the side for the opening match in San Francisco this weekend and there was plenty of testosterone needed in training on Wednesday morning but even more ice.
In cooler than normal conditions, a hard running session left several of the players with ice packs taped to their knees and ankles.
James Milner’s assertion in his video interview with mcfc.co.uk that the tackling in training is game standard was proved by Stefan Savic though his choice of victim for the worst challenge of the morning was slightly surprising. The man on the receiving end was one Robert Mancini.
Even in the land of milk and honey you should know on which side your bread is buttered!
A man who does is Aleks Kolarov who, after teasing our social media man Chris Nield about his haircut for the last five days has finally brokered a truce.