The New York Red Bulls have paid a moving tribute to murdered coach Michael Jones.
Fans held a minute’s applause before the US Major League Soccer side’s final home game of the season against Sporting Kansas City.
Junior football coach, Mr Jones, 25, from Tarleton, near Preston, was stabbed to death in the street on Sunday, October 7, in what is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity.
The chief murder suspect, Orlando Orea, 32, remains at large in Mexico.
Players wore black armbands and Mr Jones’ number six on their shorts.
A photo montage was shown in memory of his life and all the work he did in his five-plus years with the Red Bulls’ youth programs.
About 25,000 people attended the game and fans were invited to sign a memorial book on the way into the club’s Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Armonk United SC, the club team Mr Jones was coaching at the time of his death, have also created a special memorial fund in his honour.
To find out more about the memorial fund and to see how you can help, go online to www.mikejonesmemorialfund.com.
Last weekend team-mates from Tarleton Corinthians, Mr Jones’s former club, held a minute’s silence for him before their match against Baxters FC.
The players released 25 red balloons, one for each year of his life, printed with the number six.
Meanwhile, Hesketh Bank AFC made a gesture by playing in Tarleton’s kit.
Mr Jones a former Tarleton Academy pupil studied at Edge Hill University, before heading across the Atlantic five years ago.
The New York Red Bulls are one of the leading teams in US Major League Soccer.
Current players include former English Premier League stars Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill.