Barcelona is Coming to America in 2011
Update: Get your DC tickets here.
Congratulations D.C, Miami, and Dallas – according to the FC Barcelona website this morning you will have the opportunity to witness the world’s best team in person.
The team has announced its summer 2011 tour and it is a monster one. The club will begin in Europe against unknown opponents. They will play two matches at Munich’s Audi Cup on July 21 and 22, followed by a trip to Split, Croatia for a friendly July 25.
Then the team travels across the Atlantic for three matches in the United States. Dates, locations and opponents are below:
July 30 – Manchester United v. Barcelona (Washington, DC)
August 3 – AC Milan v. Barcelona (Miami, FL)
August 6 – America of Mexico v. Barcelona (Dallas, TX)
This will be the club’s first trip back to the U.S. since 2009 and the club expects to make over $8 million on the tour.
My first impression is that the Manchester United/Barca match will be epic. Expect that one to be played at Fedex Field instead of RFK due to its size and the stadium will be closed to full. AC Milan, which is no stranger to the U.S. having played friendlies here the past two summers, looks to be returning again and will give the Miami area some great soccer. Finally, Dallas will allow fans of the Mexican soccer league to see how their teams match up against a European giant.
What do you think about the announced schedule? Upset they are not playing MLS teams or your hometown is not on the tour schedule? Or just happy to have a chance to see Barcelona, Manchester United, and AC Milan back in the states?