ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan spent the final day of spring practice in Rome in April at Stadio dei Marmi, a historic stadium adjacent to the home of Italian professional soccer club AS Roma. Michigan players and coaches got to meet some of their AS Roma counterparts, exchanging pleasantries and gifts.
It was the Wolverines’ turn to play host on Monday as AS Roma visited the Michigan practice facilities in Ann Arbor.
AS Roma will play Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on Wednesday night at Comerica Park in Detroit as part of the International Champions Cup.
Players from the two teams competed against each other Monday in various drills associated with the two different sports, including kicking field goals, penalty kicks and catching punts. AS Roma came out on top of that head-to-head matchup
“The best thing I’ve ever been a part of in football was going to Rome and having those practices over there,” Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “AS Roma was unbelievable with the way they looked out for us and took care of us over there. It’s great to see them here, and I can’t wait for the game on Wednesday night.”
Harbaugh said he plans on being in attendance for the game, but unlike the trip to Italy this won’t be a team affair.
Michigan players who took part in the competitions were senior defensive lineman Mo Hurst, senior offensive lineman Mason Cole and senior quarterback John O’Korn. AS Roma was represented by Kevin Strootman, Maxim Gonalons and Umar Sadiq.
Hurst was given an AS Roma jersey during the gift exchange. It was a large, but not quite large enough. Watch the video to see.
Michigan opens its preseason training camp on July 29.