Manchester United, Barcelona put on a show for frenzied fans at FedEx

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FC Barcelona fans try to pump up the crowd during Saturday night's friendly at FedEx Field, won by Manchester United 2-1. Below, Manchester's Wayne Romney (front) plays a header as Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets defends.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PRATIK SHAH/THE WASHINGTON TIMES FC Barcelona fans try to pump up the crowd during Saturday night’s friendly at FedEx Field, won by Manchester United 2-1. Below, Manchester’s Wayne Romney (front) plays a header as Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets defends.
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“Over there it’s part of life. It’s what people grow up with and burn down cities about,” Darm said.

“Just look at what happened recently, people were freaking out over football being locked out,” Khalik interjected. “Think about if that happened with soccer over in Europe - are you kidding?”

The match gave hope to the notion that soccer slowly is gaining ground in the minds of the American public. A capacity crowd was able to fill FedEx Field, the second-largest stadium in the NFL, without breaking a sweat. Even Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t help but take notice.

“I thought quite possibly it was 50-50 in terms of the fan base tonight, Barcelona and ourselves. And they all mixed together - it’s a fantastic sight to see that,” he told reporters after the match. “[It’s] refreshing that fans can sit and mingle tonight and create the atmosphere you were talking about.”

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