MANCHESTER CITY VS. OLYMPIAKOS, 2 P.M.
OTTAWA FC vs. UNITED FC, 4:30 P.M.
Tickets: $40-$130 at www.mygophersports.com or at the box office.
Getting there: Metro Transit is offering free bus and rail rides to and from the games from noon to 8 p.m. Download a pass at www.metrotransit.org/get-a-free-ride-to-soccer-matches. If you drive, expect parking to resemble a typical Gophers game.
Watch: First game on TV at Fox Sports 2 or ESPN Deportes. Second game available on subscription web stream at www.nasl.com/nasl-live.
Preview: Manchester City and Olympiakos will face off in the International Champions Cup final group stage match as part of their preseason. United will take on league newcomer Ottawa in an NASL fall season match. Real grass was installed over the stadium’s artificial turf for the matches.
Manchester City vs. Olympiakos at a glance: The Citizens of Man City have an uphill battle to make it to the final of the preseason tournament. They defeated AC Milan 5-1 but tied Liverpool 2-2 before losing 3-1 on penalty kicks. Thus, City must beat Olympiakos and hope AC Milan takes down Liverpool to meet likely pool A winner Manchester United. A tie also would suffice if Liverpool loses, as City would advance on goal differential. … The Greeks defeated AC Milan 3-0 but lost to Liverpool 1-0. To advance to the championship match Aug. 4 in Miami, they’ll need to beat Man City and root for table bottom-feeder Milan to defeat Liverpool.
United vs. Fury at a glance: The Loons are coming off a 1-1 tie at Atlanta last Saturday after a controversial late penalty. Leading late on forward Christian Ramirez’s goal just after halftime, United was called for a handball on an Atlanta free kick. Silverbacks striker Jaime Chavez made the penalty kick in the 90th minute. United has a seven-game unbeaten streak in league play. … Ottawa lost 3-0 at Carolina on Saturday. When Ottawa played United at Carleton University in the spring season, the soon-to-be champion Loons won 2-1. The Fury ended the spring season in sixth place out of 10 teams. In the fall season, Ottawa (0-2-1) is ninth in the league standings, United (2-0-1) second.
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