SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: MANCHESTER UNITED v ALL-STARS AND OTHERS

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: MANCHESTER UNITED v ALL-STARS KANSAS CITY AND PHILADELPHIA

Manchester United will play five matches in the United States, Mexico and Canada in July, including a showcase match with the Major League Soccer All-Star’s, in the run up to starting their 2010-11 Premier League campaign in August.

The world-famous Red Devils will begin their tour in Canada, taking on perennial Scottish power Glasgow Celtic in Toronto at Rodgers Centre.  The Friday, July 16 match will be played on an overlaid natural-grass pitch, brought in for the game.

United then head to the United States for a Wednesday, July 21 match with Expansion Philadelphia Union at Lincoln Financial Field.

The match will be United’s third match at ‘The Linc’ having played Barcelona in 2003 and Celtic in 2004 at the venue. Oddly, the match will be the third time Union will have played in the Stadium, as the Expansion team is spending the early part of the season on the road while putting the final touches on their new PPL Stadium in Chester PA.

Philadelphia Union Founding Members will have a chance to purchase tickets in advance of the general public, but tickets are not included in Season Ticket packages.

The MLS contest between Philadelphia and Colorado Rapids, which had been scheduled for that date, will be moved to accommodate United.

United then moves out west to take on Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium, a site the Wizards haven’t played in since 2008, when David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy came to town. The match, scheduled for Sunday, July 25 will inaugurate the New Arrowhead Stadium. Wizards season ticket holders package holders will have a seat at the match and have the ability to purchase more seats in a pre-sale event.

On July 28 United will take on the MLS-All Star’s at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas. Arguably the biggest club to take part in Major League Soccer’s late summer showcase, Manchester United will also be the 5th Premier League side to battle the All-Star’s. Manchester United represents everything the League was hoping for when they made the switch to the current format in 2003.

“Manchester United are among the most recognized and successful clubs in the world, and we are pleased to have them compete against our All-Stars and two MLS clubs this summer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said about the United tour. “We are proud to once again present our supporters with one of the most compelling All-Star game formats in sports and we believe Manchester United’s North American tour will be a tremendous celebration of the sport following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.”

United manager Alex Ferguson, joined in the diplomatic complements.

“It’s great to be going back to North America,” Ferguson said. “I enjoyed the last two tours there in 2003 and 2004 immensely. The quality of the facilities is outstanding and there is real enthusiasm in the crowds. It’s especially pleasing to be going in a World Cup year, when interest in football will be at its height.”

United then head down to Mexico for a July 30 clash with Mexican club Guadalajara, who will be using the match to christen their new 45,000 seat ground, Estadio Chivas.

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