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July 24, 2010 4:42 PM

Manchester United Week, Day 6: A “friendly” match up

I hate the term “friendly.” Like “participation trophy” in youth soccer, it is an attempt to make something competitive seem not as competitive. It also doesn’t help the sport gather any traction in the “toughness” category it has always struggled to keep up in. There will be nothing friendly in the competition between the Kansas City Wizards and Manchester United on Sunday except the ceremonial exchange of jerseys at the end of the game. These are competitive teams with two different goals in mind and both will play to accomplish these goals.

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