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Early goal stands up for Manchester United

Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger, center, moves the ball through the defense of Club America's Francisco Rivera, right, and Rubens Sambueza, left, on Friday in Seattle.
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger, center, moves the ball through the defense of Club America's Francisco Rivera, right, and Rubens Sambueza, left, on Friday in Seattle. The Associated Press

Manchester United started with a bang, jumping ahead in the fifth minute of their International Champions Cup match against Club America on Friday night.

But after that things quieted down — except for the banging of the Club America supporters’ drums — as the Red Devils’ 1-0 advantage survived to the end before a crowd of 46,857 at CenturyLink Field.

The goal came from midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in his Man United debut, chipping a header over Club America keeper Hugo Gonzalez from about 6 yards out. Juan Mata provided the assist.

Man United subbed out its entire 11-man lineup at halftime as it continued preparations for the coming English Premier League season.

However, Club America couldn’t break through against either unit — although it came close, banging balls against the frame twice in the second half.

This was Man United’s opener in the 2015 ICC North America. The team’s next appearance will be Tuesday against the Earthquakes in the San Jose.

Club America dropped to 1-2 after opening the competition with a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles and a 2-1 win at San Jose.

The tournament continues at 5:35 p.m. Saturday with SL Benfica meeting Paris Saint-Germain in Toronto.

The CenturyLink game was played on a temporary natural-grass pitch, which will remain in place Saturday night when Seattle Sounders FC plays the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

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