“We are fighting against the Skins and the Nats and the Caps and the Wizards, and movies — we’re fighting for every entertainment dollar,” said United chief operating officer Tom Hunt. “So if we’re going to go out into the community and speak, we need to know what we stand for and what we’re going to say to people. What’s going to resonate?”
United (16-9-6) snapped a three-game winless streak and beat Philadelphia for the second time in two matches this season, keeping the Union in seventh place in the East — two points shy of a playoff spot.
United won only three games last year. This year they lead the Eastern Conference with a 14-9-6 record with a month to go in the regular season.
A dynamic attacking presence from the flank or up top, Pontius logged eight minutes in a loss to New York last week before playing 23 minutes Tuesday. Going into Saturday’s trip to face the Chicago Fire (5-7-15), he feels he’s ready to potentially push 60 minutes.
Milan previously hosted European Cup finals in 1965 and 1970, and the Champions League final in 2001.
Bayern defender Jerome Boateng’s powerful shot appeared to deflect off teammate Mario Goetze and go beyond City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who had denied the 2013 champion with a series of saves.
Madrid’s win should end talk of crisis following a poor start to the club’s domestic season. Goals by Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and a Basel own-goal secured the 10-time champions’ victory.
Also fined by the disciplinary committee Tuesday for their roles in this matter were Red Bulls midfielder Roy Miller and United defender Sean Franklin and midfielder Davy Arnaud.
Buoyed by a successful World Cup in Brazil and UEFA President Michel Platini opting not to stand in next year’s election, the 78-year-old Blatter believes he has the backing to win again.
Rolfe was acquired from the Chicago Fire on April 2. He has since appeared in 21 games, including 20 starts, and has six goals and has six assists for United.
Alejandro Bedoya scored in the 39th minute, and a youthful U.S. soccer team started the four-year cycle of preparation for the 2018 World Cup.
United (14-8-4) extended its lead to four points over second-place Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference.