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Louis van Gaal blasts Sounders field; A simple web search proves him full of it

New Zealand v Australia - Rugby League World Cup Final

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand runs with the ball during the Rugby League World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Old Trafford on November 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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England is a much better place than the United States, because there is no One Direction.

Better place for soccer, that is, because we’re pretty sure One Direction comes from England, and that one of those heartthrobs sure knows how to dribble and stuff.

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According to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, though, England is a better place for soccer because venues like Old Trafford don’t use their facilities for anything other than the beautiful game, unlike CenturyLink Field, a place that didn’t fit the bill for LVG on Friday (This story broke over the weekend, but I wasn’t on shift and I’m happy to type about this now).


“The pitch was difficult,” Van Gaal said. “Also, the first surface [underneath] is artificial and the grass is always moving. You saw a lot of players slipped. You can get more injuries, which is a concern.”

Van Gaal noted that a One Direction concert was held on the field a few days before the match and said that in England, a soccer field would never be used for multiple sports or other forms of entertainment.

“In England we have Old Trafford and it is only for football,” Van Gaal said. “It is not for entertaining. There is no One Direction. In England we live for football but in USA they live for American football and baseball.”

Of course, Van Gaal is kinda full of baloney. Only for football? Old Trafford has played host to rugby matches (above) and will again in October for the Super League finale.

Though the last one came in 2008, Old Trafford has hosted concerts inside its hallowed gates and boxing matches as recently as the 1990s.

And One Direction is playing three nights at the home of the Red Devils’ noisy neighbors in a month or so.

Finally, forget Manchester United’s boss: The real Boss has a say in this whole thing.

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