US Tour: Micah's final diary
- Sat 31 Jul 2010, 2:35PM
- Posted by Chris Bailey in Baltimore
Atlanta’s heat was unbelievable and thank goodness the game against Club America was in a Dome.
It is quite spooky when you first go into the ground but the first thing you notice is how cool it is compared to outside.
Once you have had a look up at the roof – which is amazing - it is no different to playing on a windless day outdoors.
We trained again briefly on the morning of the match and then had a sleep in the afternoon. I have got to say that the hotel where we stayed in Atlanta was something else. It was very modern but felt like it has been there for a long time.
While I was there I had a haircut which I sported in the game against Club America. I thought we played really well in the first half especially.
Lots of players were changed at half time though I stayed on and got booked for being fouled for what was a stonewall penalty. The ref said I’d dived
...Micah Richards on his yellow card
Then I got raked down my ankle and had to come off but the lads did great in the penalty shoot out and it was nice to win.
The day after the game we moved again this time to Baltimore where we play European Champions Inter Milan on Sunday morning UK time.
Again we were delayed by thunderstorms first at the hotel and then the airport. They are spectacular things in this part of the world.
On our first day in Baltimore some of the lads went to the Ravens NFL training camp which they said was really interesting. They brought some American footballs back with them and we took them to training to play around with after the serious work.
Again the stadium we are playing in is impressive though the pitch could prove interesting. We want to end the tour with a bang and beating Inter Milan would give us a huge boost before we travel to Germany next week and then play Valencia in our final warm up match.
By that time Nigel De Jong, David Silva, Jerome Boateng, Aleksandar Kolarov and Carlos Tevez will all be back with us.
That’s it for the diaries. I hope you enjoyed them and that I will see some of you at the open training session next Friday afternoon at CoMs. It should be fun.