Posts Tagged ‘gillette stadium’

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: SL Benfica announce Roster for North American Trip

May 18, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: SL Benfica announce Roster for North American Trip

Portuguese Champions SL Benfica have announced the squad that will make the trip to North America this week.

Benfica who earned a spot in the 2010-11 Champions League by winning the Portuguese Liga, will have a few stars on hand to entertain the large Portueguese community in Toronto.

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UPDATED SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

May 12, 2010

2010 SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

Updated: May 12 2010

European club soccer makes a return to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium as Manchester City will face Serie A titans Internazionale Milan on July 31.

This is the first North American match announced regarding this summer for Inter Milan, a team which is one of the most popular, successful, lucrative in the world. Managed by Jose Mourinho, one of the most unique personalities in the game, Inter will looking to win their first European Champions League Final on May 22 and are poised become Serie A Champions for as a 5th consecutive year.

The Baltimore match is the fourth scheduled match of Manchester City’s North American summer tour. City, who finished 5th in the Premier League, will play two matches at the New York Football Challenge at Red Bull Arena in Harrison NJ from July 22-25, then take on Mexican power Club America July 28 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, before heading to Baltimore to take on Inter.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE – CRUZEIRO v REVOLUTION

April 30, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE – CRUZEIRO EC v NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Add Brazilian super club Cruzeiro to the Summer Friendly mix. The winners of 2 Copa Libertadortes, 5 Brazilian titles and 39 Regional Titles will drop in Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution June 19, during the two-week Major League Soccer break for the 2010 World Cup.

Cruzeiro’s team sheet boasts some famous names; Gilberto, Roger, Kleber and Fabio. Runners-up at the 2009 Copa Libertadores, and finished 4th in the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

New England have signed another team intended to bring the ethnic population out to see the Revolution. Boston has a large Brazilian population, which is likely to have figured into the arrangement of the friendly just as it had in scheduling Benfica for a May friendly will capture the massive Portuguese community in the area.

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UPDATE-SUMMER FRIENDLIES: SPURS AND CITY IN NEW YORK, OLD FIRM AT FENWAY?

April 22, 2010

UPDATE-SUMMER FRIENDLIES

This summer is shaping up to be one of the most incredible in memory for fans of the World’s Game. More and more teams are announcing North American tours either just after the end of the European Season in late May or as part of a tune-up for the 2010-11 European Season in July.  The Big Apple has already seen legendary Brazilian side Santos FC this year and just days after announcing a match with Juventus comes news of three more European teams playing at Red Bull Arena.

NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

Red Bull Arena will host a four-day tournament called the ‘New York Football Challenge’ from July 21-25 which will feature New York Red Bull taking on Sporting Lisbon from Portugal and Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.  Spurs and City are battling for fourth place in the Premier League, the prize being the final spot in the prestigious and lucrative Champions League. City had already announced their plans to tour North America and have already penciled in a match in Atlanta against Mexico’s Club America.

“We have big ambitions for the Premier League next season, and this tournament will give us the perfect opportunity to prepare for our season with some highly competitive games, enthusiastic supporters and world class facilities,” Mancini said on the Manchester City website.

MILAN RETURN TO CHICAGO

The Chicago Fire have confirmed that AC Milan’s May tour of North America will have a stop in Chicago as The Italian Giants will take on the Fire at Toyota Park on May 30. This will be the second meeting between the two teams after a 2005 encounter at Chicago’s Soldier Field with Milan winning 3-1.

Milan have already scheduled matches against DC United at RFK Stadium on May 26 and Montreal Impact at Olympic Stadium on June 2.

OLD FIRM AT FENWAY?

Many sources are reporting that Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers will contest the first ever Old Firm Derby to ever take place outside of Scotland this summer in Boston. The rumors of a potential July match between the two massive rivals had been focused around Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, but Steve Goff of the Washington Post reports that the site may actually be Fenway Park; ancient and revered home of the Boston Red Sox.

Both Celtic and Rangers have been busy penciling in July dates around North America in the past few days. Rangers is scheduled to play DC United at RFK and Club America in the massive Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Celtic is lining up a match with Toronto FC and a match in Philadelphia. None of this is confirmed, but watch this space.

MORE RUMORS

Manchester United may a date in Philadelphia in addition to their match to open the new Chivas de Guadalajara Stadium in Mexico and, of course, the MLS All-Star Game in Houston. another Portuguese powerhouse, Benfica may be playing the New England Revolution and possibly Toronto FC, again stay with me for details when I hear them.