New George Best documentary airs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN ahead of Manchester derby in Houston

George Best was simply the best for a fleeting few years in the late 1960s.

It didn’t last as his career and life collapsed into a quagmire of alcohol abuse.

Best himself understood his self destruction even if he was incapable of stopping it.

“If I’d been born ugly, you’d never have heard of Pele,” he once famously said, as well as “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

You can read more here.

Columnist Tom Hoffarth has more on the documentary here.

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Manchester City to host soccer festival Sunday in Los Angeles

Manchester City will host a soccer festival at the East LA Boys and Girls Club, Sunday. The location is 324 N McDonnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90022.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Children ages five-14 will get the chance to test their abilities in a range of tasks developed by Manchester City coaches, including speed and passing drills.

All entrants for the day will be in competition to win some amazing prizes.

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Manchester City will face Real Madrid at the L.A. Coliseum, July 26 in the International Champions Cup.

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World famous European clubs kicking off International Champions Cup this week

All of your favorite European clubs are headed to the U.S. for the fifth annual International Champions Cup.

The lone Southern California stop is July 26 when Champions League winners Real Madrid face Manchester City from the L.A. Coliseum.

Here are the other match-ups for the U.S. locations


AS Roma vs. PSG, 5 p.m.  (ESPN2)


Manchester United vs. Manchester City, 7 p.m. (ESPN)


Juventus vs. Barcelona, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

PSG vs. Tottenham, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)


Real Madrid vs. Manchester United, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

July 25

Tottenham vs. AS Roma, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

July 26

Barcelona vs. Manchester United, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

PSG vs. Juventus, 6 p.m.  (ESPNN/ESPN2)

Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

July 29

Manchester City vs. Tottenham, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

July 30

AS Roma vs. Juventus, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

The tournament begins in the early morning hours Tuesday in China as AC Milan faces Borussia Dortmund (4:15 a.m.) on ESPNU. Early Wednesday, Bayern Munich faces Arsenal at 4:15 a.m. on ESPN3.

Early Saturday morning, July 22 will see Bayern Munich facing AC Milan (ESPN2) at 2:30 a.m.. Inter Milan and Lyon will meet Monday at 5 a.m. (ESPN3) and Chelsea faces Bayern Munich, Tuesday morning at 4:30 a.m. on ESPN3.

Bayern Munich faces Inter Milan, July 27 at 4:30 a.m. and July 29, Chelsea and Inter Milan kick off at 4:30 a.m. on ESPN2.

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Bruce Arena makes six changes for upcoming Gold Cup quarterfinals

The U.S. men’s national team won their group in the CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Per tournament rules, teams are able to make up to six roster changes before the start of the quarterfinals. Here are the changes made by the U.S. coach Bruce Arena.

IN: Jozy Altidore; Michael Bradley; Clint Dempsey; Tim Howard; Darlington Nagbe; Jesse Gonzalez

The U.S. Men’s soccer team practice with Coach Bruce Arena at StubHub Center in Carson. Photos by Brad Graverson/SCNG/01-11-17

OUT: Brad Guzan; Sean Johnson; Alejandro Bedoya; Cristian Roldan; Kelyn Rowe; Dom Dwyer

“We have added some experienced players to the roster that can help us in the Knockout Round of the Gold Cup,” Arena said. “The players leaving all made a good impression, and I’m optimistic for their future with the National Team program.”

The U.S. will face a team to be determined in the quarterfinal, Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Here is the updated roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas) Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution),Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)

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100 Percent Soccer column: Manchester United on Saturday’s LA Galaxy game in Carson — meh

Would you spend $250 to watch a Real Madrid training session? And there’s no guarantee of even on autograph at that price.

Ticket prices for actual games are similarly eye-popping considering they are little more than glorified training sessions. And to top it off, Manchester United’s attitude toward Saturday’s Galaxy exhibition game is more than a little underwhelming if not insulting.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Manchester United announces roster for the U.S. Tour

Manchester United is headed to Los Angeles to kick off their preseason tour. The Red Devils will begin play Saturday against the Galaxy at StubHub Center. From there, they will turn their attention toward the International Champions Cup.

Here is the roster for the tour. Players will likely be added as the tour progresses:

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Weekend TV Soccer Highlights: LA Galaxy, USMNT Gold Cup roster and more

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