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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-25-2010

July 25, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-25-2010

ROSTER UPDATES

CLICK HERE FOR… MANCHESTER UNITED & CELTIC ROSTERS

CLICK HERE FOR… TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR & MANCHESTER CITY ROSTERS

CLICK HERE FOR… REAL MADRID PRELIMINARY ROSTER

TV UPDATES

Fox Soccer Channel has picked up the August 5th FC Dallas v Inter Milan match from Pizza Hut Park, which kicks off at 9pm ET.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL FRIENDLY MATCHESALL TIMES EASTERN

July 21 – Celtic v Sporting CP, Fenway Park, Boston MA, 8pm

July 22 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm

July 23 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 8pm

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 1pm

July 25 – NEW YORK FOOTBALL CHALLENGE – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ 3:30pm

July 25 – Manchester United v Kansas City Wizards, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City MO 6pm

August 5 – FC Dallas v Inter Milan, Pizza Hut Park, Frisco TX 9pm

August 7 – LA Galaxy v Real Madrid – Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA 10:30pm

ESPN2 FRIENDLY MATCHES

July 28 – MLS All-Star’s v Manchester United, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX 8:30pm

COMPLETE SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

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BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE ROSTERS, SCHEDULE

July 21, 2010

2010 BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE ROSTERS, SCHEDULE

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Goalkeepers : Carlo Cudicini (ITA), David Button (ENG), Oscar Jansson (SWE)

Defenders : Gareth Bale (WAL), Calum Butcher (ENG), Vedran Corluka (CRO), Alan Hutton (SCT), Younes Kaboul (FRA), Kyle Naughton (ENG), Adam Smith (ENG), Kyle Walker (ENG),

Midfielders : Tom Huddlestone (ENG), Jermaine Jenas (ENG), Niko Kranjcar (CRO), Luka Modric (CRO), Andros Townsend (ENG)

Forwards : Robbie Keane (IRE), Ryan Mason (ENG), Jonathan Obika (ENG), Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)

MANAGER: Harry Redknapp

MANCHESTER CITY FC

Goalkeepers : Shay Given (IRE), David Gonzalez (COL), Joe Hart (ENG), Stuart Taylor (ENG)

Defenders : Dedryk Boyata (BEL), Wayne Bridge (ENG), Greg Cunningham (IRE), Javier Garrido (ESP), Vincent Kompany (BEL), Joleon Lescott (ENG), Ben Mee (ENG), Nedum Onuoha (ENG), Micah Richards (ENG), Kieran Trippier (ENG), Kolo Toure (COI), Pablo Zabaleta (ARG)

Midfielders : Abdisalam Ibrahim (NOR), Stephen Ireland (IRE), Adam Johnson (ENG), Michael Johnson (ENG), Scott Kay (ENG), Yaya Toure (COI), Andrew Tutte (ENG), Patrick Vieira (FRA), Shaun Wright-Phillips (ENG)

Strikers : Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy (WAL), John Guidetti, Jeremy Helan, Alex Nimely, Jo Silva

MANAGER : Roberto Mancini

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL

All players are Portugese unless otherwise noted.

Goalkeepers : Rui Patricio, Tiago Ferreira, Vitor Golas (BRA)

Defenders : Marco Torsiglieri (ARG), Daniel Carrico, Anderson Polga (BRA), Evaldo Fabiano, Leandro Grimi (ARG), Nuno Coelho, Joao Pereira, Abel Ferreira

Midfielders : Pedro Mendes, Marat Izamilov (RUS) , Maniche, Matías Fernández (CHL), Jaime Valdes (CHL), Miguel Veloso, Ander Santos, Simon Vukcevic (MNG)

Forwards : Carlos Saleiro, Florent Sinama-Pongolle (FRA), Yannick Djalo, Helder Postiga, Andre Martins, Liedson, Diogo Salomao, William Owusu Acheampong (GHA)

MANAGER : Costinha

BARCLAYS NEW YORK CHALLENGE – COMPLETE SCHEDULE

NOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN, ALL MATCHES AT RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON NJ, ALL MATCHES BROADCAST LIVE ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL

July 22  – New York Red Bulls v Tottenham Hotspur, 8pm

July 23 – Manchester City v Sporting Lisbon, 8pm

July 25 – New York Red Bull v Manchester City, 3:30pm

July 25 – Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting Lisbon, 1pm

CELTIC-SPORTING: ROSTERS FOR FENWAY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

July 21, 2010

ROSTERS FOR FENWAY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

Football at Fenway Park will kick off again Wednesday Night at 8pm ET Glasgow Celtic take on Sporting CP at the famous Boston ball park.

The match will be show on Live on Fox Soccer Channel.

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL:

All players are Portugese unless otherwise noted.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Tiago Ferreira, Vitor Golas (BRA)

Defenders: Marco Torsiglieri (ARG), Daniel Carrico, Anderson Polga (BRA), Evaldo Fabiano, Leandro Grimi (ARG), Nuno Coelho, Joao Pereira, Abel Ferreira

Midfielders: Pedro Mendes, Marat Izamilov (RUS) , Maniche, Matías Fernández (CHL), Jaime Valdes (CHL), Miguel Veloso, Ander Santos, Simon Vukcevic (MNG)

Forwards: Carlos Saleiro, Florent Sinama-Pongolle (FRA), Yannick Djalo, Helder Postiga, Andre Martins, Liedson, Diogo Salomao, William Owusu Acheampong (GHA)

MANAGER: Costinha

CELTIC ROSTER:

Goalkeepers: Dominic Cervi (USA), Lukasz Zaluska (POL)

Defenders: Andreas Hinkel (GER), Glenn Loovens (NET), Jos Hooiveld (HOL), Darren O’Dea (IRE), Mark Wilson (SCO), Paul Caddis (SCO), Milan Misun (CZE), Charles Mulgrew (SCO), Cha Du Ri (KOR), Thomas Rogne (NOR)

Midfielders: Scott Brown (SCO), Joseph Ledley (SCO), Shaun Maloney (SCO), Patrick McCourt (IRE), Marc Crosas (ESP), Aiden McGeady (IRE), Simon Ferry (SCO), James Forrest (SCO), Ki Sung Yueng (KOR)

Forwards: Marc Fortune (GUI), Georgios Samaras (GRE), Morten Rasmussen (DEN), Benjamin Hutchison (ENG), Paul McGowan (SCO)

MANAGER: Neil Lennon

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE – MANCHESTER UNITED ROSTER, REAL MADRID IN CALI, TV SCHEDULES

July 11, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE – MANCHESTER UNITED ROSTER RELEASED

Manchester United have released their travel squad for their tour of North America, which begins this week.  More notable then those on the roster may be those left off as injuries and World Cup duty have limited the star power on Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

Players given a reprieve from the tour due to World Cup duty are United stalwarts Wayne Rooney, Park Ji-Sung, Anderson, Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

Newly signed Mexican Super-teen Javier Hernandez will join the Red Devils on July 27th, just before United battle the MLS  All-Star’s in Houston.

The star-studded injured ranks include Michael Owen, Owen Hargreaves, Gary Neville, Antonio Valencia and, of course, England captain Rio Ferdinand who was so sensationally injured just days before England’s World Cup opener against the United States.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Ben Amos (ENG), Tomasz Kuszczak (POL), Edwin Van der Sar (NED)

DEFENDERS (8): Wes Brown (ENG), Fabio Da Silva (BRA), Rafael Da Silva (BRA), Ritchie De Laet (BEL), Corry Evans (NIR), Jonny Evans (NIR), John O’Shea (IRL), Chris Smalling (ENG)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Tom Cleverley (ENG), Darren Fletcher (SCO), Darron Gibson (IRL), Ryan Giggs (WAL), Nani (POR), Gabriel Obertan (FRA), Paul Scholes (ENG)

FORWARDS (5): Dimitar Berbatov (BUL), Mame Biram Diouf (SEN), Javier Hernandez (MEX), Federico Macheda (ITA), Danny Welbeck (ENG)

CLICK HERE FOR CELTIC 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROSTER

MANCHESTER UNITED 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SCHEDULE

July 16   7:00pm  Manchester United vs. Celtic FC  Rogers Centre, Toronto ON (ESPN2)

July 21     7:30pm  Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union,  Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia PA

July 25    6:00pm  Manchester United vs. Kansas City Wizards  Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO (Fox Soccer Channel)

July 28    8:30pm  2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game vs. Manchester United  Reliant Stadium, Houston TX (ESPN2)

July 30   9:00pm  Guadalajara vs. Manchester United  Estadio Chivas, Guadalajara Mexico

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 7-5-2010

July 5, 2010

CLICK HERE FOR THE UP TO THE MINUTE SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR

PDL SIDE VENTURA COUNTY FUSION TO TAKE ON CRUZ AZUL & PORTSMOUTH

Premier Development League side Ventura County Fusion have scheduled two high-profile International Friendlies for July. The amateur side, based between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara California has locked in Mexican giants Cruz Azul and English League Championship club Portsmouth.

Ventura County currently sit in third place with 16 points in the PDL’s Southwest Division and were recently eliminated from their first ever US Open Cup.

Cruz Azul, who will also be in the Los Angeles area to take on Mexico City rival Club America at the Rose Bowl ten days later, will be entertained by the Fusion on July 1st at Ventura College. Tickets are $8.

Recently relegated from the Premier League, Portsmouth FC will battle the Fusion at Oxnard College on July 17. Tickets are $15.

Portsmouth also has pre-season matches scheduled against Club America in San Diego and Canadian side FC Edmonton before moving to the East Coast to take on DC United.

CLUB AMERICA TO PLAY JUVENTUS & CRUZ AZUL IN ADDITION TO MAN CITY AND PORTSMOUTH

Mexican super club Club America continues to schedule pre-season fixtures in North America, recently adding Juventus and Cruz Azul to their busy calendar.

Juventus will play America in the 90,000 seat Dallas Cowboys Stadium on July 18. The legendary Serie A side was in North America last month to wind down their 2009-10 campaign and will return to this side of the Atlantic to prepare for their 2010-11 season,

The ‘Clasico Joven’ is coming to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California this summer as the Mexico City derby between Club America and Cruz Azul, will take place there on July 10, the day before the 2010 World Cup Final.

The ‘Young Classic’ will be transplanted to the Los Angeles area to be contested in front on 90,000+ ex-patriot Mexicans and air on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Espanol.

America has already scheduled a July 14 match against English side Portsmouth in San Diego and a July 28 match against Manchester City in Atlanta.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-7-2010

June 7, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-7-2010

CELTIC MATCH AT FENWAY PARK CONFIRMED

The long rumored Celtic match at Fenway Park is now official.

The Fenway Football Challenge will see Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Celtic take on Sporting CP of Portugal on July 21 at 8pm ET. The match, which will be the 19th soccer match to be played at the ballpark, will be televised locally by sports network NESN.

Tickets will range from $20-$120 and go on sale at noon on June 22.

CLUB AMERICA TO PLAY CRUZ AZUL IN ADDITION TO MAN CITY AND PORTSMOUTH

The ‘Clasico Joven’ is coming to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California this summer as two Mexico City super clubs will renew their rivalry on July 10, the day before the 2010 World Cup Final.

The ‘Young Classic’ is the Mexico City derby between Club America and Cruz Azul, but that derby will be transplanted to the Los Angeles area to be contested in front on 90,000+ ex-patriot Mexicans.

America has already scheduled a July 14 match against English side Portsmouth in San Diego and a July 28 match against Manchester City in Atlanta.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: FENWAY PARK TO HOST CELTIC v SPORTING

June 7, 2010

CLICK HERE FOR CELTIC-SPORTING COMPLETE ROSTERS

FOR FENWAY FOOTBALL CLASSIC

SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: FENWAY PARK TO HOST CELTIC v SPORTING

The long rumored Celtic match at Fenway Park is now official.

The match, being referred to as the Fenway Football Challenge will see Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Celtic take on Sporting CP of Portugal on July 21 at 8pm ET. The match, which will be the 19th soccer match to be played at the ballpark, will be televised locally by sports network NESN.

Tickets will range from $20-$120 and go on sale at noon on June 22.

Originally billed as the Battle of Boston, Celtic were to host perennial rivals Glasgow Rangers in the first ever ‘Old Firm’ derby to be played outside of Scotland.  That deal fell through when Rangers canceled their North American tour after being offended by a Boston Globe article that (more…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-5-2010

June 5, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-5-2010

CLUB AMERICA TO PLAY CRUZ AZUL IN ADDITION TO MAN CITY AND PORTSMOUTH

The ‘Clasico Joven’ is coming to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California this summer as two Mexico City super clubs will renew their rivalry on July 10, the day before the 2010 World Cup Final.

The ‘Young Classic’ is the Mexico City derby between Club America and Cruz Azul, but that derby will be transplanted to the Los Angeles area to be contested in front on 90,000+ ex-patriot Mexicans.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-2-2010

June 2, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 6-2-2010

FC EDMONTON SCHEDULES TWO MORE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

Having already secured English League side Portsmouth for a match at Commonwealth Stadium on July 21, Canada’s newest professional team has added 2010 Chilean League Champion Colo Colo on June 20 at Commonwealth Stadium and Vitoria, Brazil’s oldest sporting club, on June 27 at Foote Field. Click here for more information.

PORTLAND v ATLAS

The Portland Timbers have added Mexican side Club Atlas to a summer friendly lineup that already included Manchester City and Boca Juniors.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-30-2010

May 30, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-30-2010

PORTLAND v ATLAS

The Portland Timbers have added Mexican side Club Atlas to a summer friendly lineup that already includes Manchester City and Boca Juniors.

The Mexico City based Atlas, who finished 10th in the 2010 Bicentario, will at take on the Timbers at PGE Park on Sunday, July 11, at 6 p.m local time.

PORTSMOUTH FC

Recently relegated Portsmouth, who will be coming to the Americas for the first time since going to South America in 1951, will be playing against Mexican perennial power Club America on July 14 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, then head north of the border to plat the an Edmonton FC Select XI on July 21 before shifting to the East Coast to meet DC United at RFK Stadium on July 24.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-28-2010

May 28, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

PORTSMOUTH FC TO PLAY CLUB AMERICA, FC EDMONTON AND DC UNITED

Portsmouth, who will be coming to the Americas for the first time since going to South America in 1951, will be playing against Mexican perennial power Club America on July 14 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, then head north of the border to plat the an Edmonton FC Select XI on July 21 before shifting to the East Coast to meet DC United at RFK Stadium on July 24.

After a season that must go on record as one of the worst in the history 112 year history of Portsmouth FC, the newly relegated club is set to tour North America in preparation for the 2010-11 season in the Football League  Championship.

Portsmouth has gone almost $200 million into debt, they’ve gone into administration, had 12 points deducted from their 2009-10 season, were relegated, had to sell off their players, and lost their manager… all in one season. Oh, and against all the odds Pompey made it to the FA Cup Final.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

MAY

May 29 – Portland Timbers v Boca Juniors, PGE Park, Portland OR 10pm (FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST)

May 30 – Chicago Fire v AC Milan, Toyota Park, Chicago IL 8:30PM (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL – Note: Pregame begins at 8ET)

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

May 27, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

TV UPDATE – Portland v Boca Juniors on Saturday May 29, will be aired on local Fox Sports Northwest as the opening half of a double header with the Colorado v Seattle Major League Soccer battle being shown on delay directly after the friendly.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

MAY

May 29 – Portland Timbers v Boca Juniors, PGE Park, Portland OR 10pm (FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST)
May 30 – Chicago Fire v AC Milan, Toyota Park, Chicago IL 8:30PM (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL – Note: Pregame begins at 8ET)

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-25-2010

May 25, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-25-2010

INTER MILAN TO PLAY FC DALLAS AND LA GALAXY

Newly crowned Champions of Europe, Inter Milan will play FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas on August 5th and the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson California.

Treble winning Inter, who also play Manchester City at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore on July 31 will add Dallas to their summer tour in preparation for their Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

MAY

May 25 – Fiorentina v Juventus, Rogers Centre, Toronto ON

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: Fox Soccer Channel Expands Coverage of Summer Friendlies

May 24, 2010

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL EXPANDS COVERAGE OF SUMMER FRIENDLIES

MAY MATCHES

Fox Soccer Channel has lined up a tasty menu of Summer Friendlies. This week the network will show both the Seattle
Sounders v Boca Juniors from Qwest Field on Wednesday and Chicago Fire v AC Milan from Toyota Park on Sunday.

Both matches are scheduled to be shown LIVE on the channel.

The Boca-Sounders match, which kicks off at 10:30pm ET (7:30 PT), will be the second summer friendly to air on FSC after the New York Red Bull v Juventus match, which aired on Sunday.

Next Sunday’s Fire-Milan match, which kicks off at 8:30pm ET will feature a half hour pre-match show beginning at 8pm ET.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-24-2010

May 24, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

INTER MILAN TO PLAY FC DALLAS

Newly crowned Champions of Europe, Inter Milan will play FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas on August 5th at 9pm ET.

Treble winning Inter, who also play Manchester City at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore on July 31 will add Dallas to their summer tour in preparation for their Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL TO AIR SUMMER FRIENDLIES

Fox Soccer Channel has lined up a tasty menu of Summer Friendlies. This week the network will show both the Seattle
Sounders v Boca Juniors on Wednesday and Chicago Fire v AC Milan on Sunday. The Fire-Milan match will feature a half hour pregame.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

May 20, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

Portland add Boca Juniors, Red Bull adds Cruzeiro.  TV for Red Bell v Juventus and Galaxy v Boca.

MATCHES IN BOLD ARE UPDATES

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

May 23 – Montreal Impact v Fiorentina, Saputo Stadium, Montreal QB

May 23 – New York Red Bull v Juventus, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL)

May 23 – Los Angeles Galaxy v Boca Juniors, Home Depot Center, Carson CA (FOX SPORTS WEST / GALAVISION)

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-19-2010

May 19, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-19-2010

MATCHES IN BOLD ARE UPDATES

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

May 23 – Montreal Impact v Fiorentina, Saputo Stadium, Montreal QB

May 23 – New York Red Bull v Juventus, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL)

May 23 – Los Angeles Galaxy v Boca Juniors, Home Depot Center, Carson CA (FOX SPORTS WEST / GALAVISION)

May 23 – Benfica v Panathinaikos, BMO Field, Toronto ON

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-18-2010

May 18, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-18-2010

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

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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.