The Giants welcomed the Manchester City Football Club to the Timex Performance Center on Wednesday, giving the English Premier League soccer team a taste of the gridiron.
The club was in the area for its 2013 U.S. Tour, promoting the acquisition of the New York City Football Club — Major League Soccer’s 20th team – in partnership with the New York Yankees. The players from across the pond toured the Giants’ facility and caught the end of the first OTA practice.
“I don’t know too much about American football…but just to be here in this atmosphere is unbelievable,” defender Micah Richards told Man City’s official team website. “It’s probably the best training ground I’ve ever been to. Just coming in here and meeting some of the players is just unbelievable…You just know that they come to work hard.”
After practice, the Giants met their football kin, and Eli Manning threw passes to players not accustomed to using their hands.
“It’s great to have Man City out here at our facility,” Giants V.P. of Communications Peter John-Baptiste said. “We gave them a nice tour. It was fun seeing Eli Manning toss footballs with some of the guys. Some of the guys have good hands. The most interesting part was probably the keeper, Joe Hart, catching from the JUGS machines. Our wide receivers always use those JUGS machines after practice, and to see him catching the balls, maybe he can use that to practice and kind of help him with his skills as a goalkeeper.”
Meanwhile, Richards, who helped Manchester City finish second in the league this year with his feet and not his hands, decided to pass.
“I don’t trust my hands actually, to be fair,” he said.
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