US Tour: Micah Richards' Diary Day One
- 12 July 2010 22:01
- Posted by Chris Bailey in Portland
Hi everyone. It is always exciting coming back for pre-season and this year is especially so because the club has signalled its intentions with some great buys.
I spent the early part of the summer in Los Angeles so one way or another I will have seen a lot of America before the season starts. I had a glimpse of a bit of Newfoundland too on the way here because we had to refuel there.
From what I have seen so far Portland is a pretty cool place although we have not had time to have a really good look around yet. Those people we have met have given us a really friendly welcome and made us feel at home.
Sleep has been the key after such a long flight but it didn’t stop me from watching the World Cup final on Sunday afternoon.
Some of the lads watched it in the hotel and others went to the Fanzone to sample the atmosphere with the locals on a jumbotron (big screen) as they call it over here.
It wasn’t the best of games but that is to be expected in such a big event. I felt really sorry for Nigel (de Jong). I thought he was going to bring back a winner’s medal but it wasn’t to be.
In true football tradition he will be welcomed back with no sympathy whatsoever and will no doubt get loads of stick. We are looking forward to meeting David Silva too who of course will have that winner’s medal with him.
The England lads are back with us later in the week along with Kolo and Yaya Toure by which time we should be aching because I feel there is plenty of running to be done in the coming days.
I will let you know how it is going in tomorrow’s diary!