With Manchester City's Carlos Tevez on Copa America duty with Argentina, and Club America parting ways with a number of their stars including keeper Memo Ochoa, a bit of the shine was off the San Francisco leg of the World Football Challenge at AT&T Park. Just over 11,000 fans showed up for the match that more substitutions than quality play. As a Holland Fan, it was fun to watch Nigel de Jong play, wondering if he might cave someone else's chest in, but in the end, he just played holding midfield for a half and then walked around the park with a Giants hat on.
England international Shaun Wright-Phillips was really the only player working at full speed, and added a goal and a bunch of legitimate chances in his half of playing time.
Armando Navarrete picked up where Ochoa left off, long hair and a day-glo kit:
The second half saw wholesale changes to both lineups, including an out-of-shape looking Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure, who nonetheless created a couple of scoring chances that were botched buy Man City subs.
It's a bit much to expect full-on competition from club sides exactly in the middle of their off-season, but it's possible that fans (as evidenced by the 11,000 in attendance) have caught on to the fact that while these sides are wearing the colors, they aren't really the same clubs they watch on TV...then again, I had the option to shoot bull riding in Red Bluff, and I stayed in town to shoot this.