Verdict: LA Galaxy 1 Manchester City 1 (City win 7-6 on penalties)

Contrary to what is being reported elsewhere, Mario Balotelli’s failed attempt to backheel a goal wasn’t the only point of interest in City’s final US match. The game offered both positives and concerns in our bid to improve on last season.

One of the main attractions of pre-season games is the opportunity to see new signings. Mancini started the game with what appeared to be his strongest available side, apart from Yaya, and it was interesting to note Gael Clichy appeared ahead of Aleks Kolarov.

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