Manchester United returns to the UNITED States this summer!
April 15 is a date on the calendar that most Americans dread. However, while the rest of the country will spend the day handing over some hard-earned money to the Internal Revenue Service, Manchester United fans in the United States will be busy budgeting for an awesome summer!
Today, Manchester United confirmed that the club is returning to the United States this summer for Tour 2015, presented by Aon, and will look to defend the International Champions Cup title, a pre-season tournament Manchester United won in 2014.
This marks the second consecutive year that Manchester United comes to America for pre-season training. Last year’s Tour 2014 saw the club play matches against international clubs AS Roma, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool on the way to the title, in addition to a friendly against the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. In the process, the club played to large crowds across the country and managed to pack two historic venues, the Rose Bowl and Michigan Stadium.
In fact, United’s match in Michigan set an all-time record for the largest ever crowd at a soccer game in the United States with 109,318 fans gathering to watch the team play at the Big House and defeat Real Madrid.
According to Richard Arnold, Manchester United Group Managing Director, “The Club is delighted to be returning to the United States for Tour 2015, presented by Aon. Manchester United made history in its last visit to the United States by breaking the country’s soccer attendance record and the huge level of support for the Club was evident in every city we visited.”
“This summer’s tour is the latest in a long line of visits to the US; a tradition that began some 65 years ago under the guidance of the great Sir Matt Busby. This tour will not only provide the team with first rate preparation for the season ahead, it will also allow many of United’s eight million US followers to get closer to the Club they love.”
Joining Manchester United in this year’s International Champions Cup are clubs from around the world and Major League Soccer. Barcelona, Chelsea, Club America, F.C. Porto, Fiorentina, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Paris Saint-Germain, and San Jose Earthquakes.
Logistics are still being worked out between participating clubs and the organizer of the International Champions Cup, Relevent Sports. This means that Manchester United opponents, fixture dates, venues and ticket information will be announced over the next few weeks.