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.
Four-time champion Bayern Munich, Manchester City and CSKA Moscow — who also faced each other last season — are joined by Roma in perhaps the toughest group.
Taking over the leadership of an inexperienced squad that is recovering from the national team’s worst-ever World Cup, Rooney knows the rebuilding process requires unity.
The 32-year-old Alonso has been with Real Madrid since 2009 and won the Champions League with the club in May. Madrid knocked out title holder Bayern in the semifinals.