MAN UTD WINS THE 2014 GUINNESS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP
Wayne Rooney named Man of the Match as Manchester United
beats rivals 3-1 to earn first title of 2014-2015 campaign
More than 600,000 fans watched the 13 different
Guinness International Champions Cup contests in stadiums this summer
MIAMI, FL (August 5, 2014) – Manchester United defeated Liverpool on Monday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami 3-1 to win the second annual Guinness International Champions Cup. The finals matchup, which brought together two of the most storied franchises in the world with star-studded rosters and 38 League titles between the two, culminated the two-week, marquee soccer tournament across 13 different North American cities. In all, more than 600,000 fans watched the 13 different Guinness International Champions Cup contests in stadiums this summer
Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scored mere minutes apart in the 54th and 56th minute to propel the Red Devils to victory over Liverpool on a rainy Mondaynight in Miami. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute to give Liverpool the 1-0 lead, and went to halftime with the same score. But, a beautiful cross by Mexican star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez led to the equalizer by Rooney, who was named Guinness Man of the Match for his efforts. Mata, a winger for the Spanish National team, powered the game-winner home on a deflection two minutes later, and Jesse Lingard added breathing room in the 88th minute on a shot from just inside the 18-yard box to cap the scoring. Manchester United remained undefeated under manager Louis Van Gaal’s tenure to capture the Guinness International Champions Cup crown.
“After an exciting two weeks and 13 great games throughout 13 different cities, we are pleased to crown Manchester United as the champion of the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup,” said Charlie Stillitano, CEO of Relevent Sports. “I want to congratulate manager Louis Van Gaal, Man of the Match Wayne Rooney and the rest of Manchester United on behalf of Relevent Sports. The 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup featured the largest soccer crowd ever in the United States, continually put world-class soccer on display across North America, and Monday night in Miami was no exception. Manchester United and Liverpool have a tremendous rivalry and proved once again, this tournament is much more than a collection of friendlies and we look forward to continuing these traditions in the United States and Asia.”