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Sir Alex Ferguson hails US soccer

Fri 9th Jul 2010 | Club & Country Competitions

Sir Alex Ferguson believes football (or soccer as it’s more affectionately know!) is beginning to take hold in the United States. Speaking on the MLS website, the Manchester United manager expects a competitive edge to their matches as the club takes on a tour of the US

The national side held England to a draw in the World Cup and Ferguson is convinced the standard of Major League Soccer is better than ever.

"American soccer is starting to make an impact and it is so improved, " said Ferguson said.

"I made that point about the United States team before the World Cup.

"I said they were going to play like real athletes - the guys are fit, committed, they believe in themselves.

"I think American football is that way - they're all fit, athletic, they've got a good feel for the pitch.

"You can see that there is improvement in MLS. I have spoken to many people in the last few months about that and there is a big upsurge."

Ferguson added, "Winning is part of what we have to do here, but the main object is to get everyone game time, come back ready, fit to start the season."

United meet Philadelphia Union at Lincoln Financial Field on July 21, followed by a match against the Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium on July 25.

They then finish the tour against the MLS All-Stars in Houston on July 28.

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