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Tap Those Kegs! Manchester City v. Chelsea in St. Louis sells out in 20 minutes

Apr 4, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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In yet another great sign for U.S. Soccer and the popularity of the Premier League in America, the post-season friendly between Manchester City and Chelsea in St. Louis has sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale.

The match will take place on May 23rd at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. With the sell out, the 46,861 capacity stadium is guaranteed to be a phenomenal atmosphere with Vicki Bryant, vice president of event services and merchandising for Cardinals, buzzing: “This event is the hottest ticket in St Louis. It is like a ticket to game seven of the World Series!”

City’s chief commercial and operating officer, Tom Glick, was equally impressed by the stateside support. “We believe in US soccer and we know how much passion the fans in North America have for the beautiful game. The club is committed to giving fans across the world the opportunity to get close to Manchester City FC.”

Whereas preseason tours to the U.S. have become something of a pilgrimage for Premier League clubs over the last 20 years, the decision of City and Chelsea to access the market with an end-of-season trip is an interesting play. As the match takes place merely four days following the conclusion of the Premier League season, players will be in peak form. That form, however, may be hampered by the players (much deserved) need to unwind following a long, arduous Premier League season.

And by “unwind” I mean drink a TON of beers.

Enjoy the party, St. Louis!

  1. charliej11 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Lord, please let us get to a stage where we don’t care about games like these….quickly.

    • mikegcoleman - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM


      Regardless of how big MLS becomes in the states, I think there is always (or at least for the foreseeable future) going to be a market to see foreign clubs play here. Not everyone can drop a few grand to fly across the pond and take in a game overseas.

      Are we entering an age of the Ameri-snob? A backlash to all the Eruosnobs?

      • Michael Prindiville - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        I think we already don’t care about games like this too much but the truth is they can be cool to attend. Last year’s Chelsea/PSG match was garbage but Real Madrid/AC Milan was unreal.

        Plus, I think it’s a big deal for US Soccer that this game sold out in 20 minutes.

      • charliej11 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        I have been the American soccer snob for almost 40 years.

  2. capsfan19 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Very jealous! I remeber seeing ac milan chelsea back in 07 at m&t bank… So epic

  3. billobrienschindimple - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    And yet there are still people in this country that deny the games growth and popularity.

  4. sir1389 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    One of many reasons its almost a crime against American Soccer that St Louis doesnt have an MLS team.

    • Michael Prindiville - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Great point. The ‘Lou has always been a HUGE soccer city. Gotta figure a franchise there would sell out on a consistent basis.

      • tridecagon - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        MLS has jerked St. Louis fans around over multiple expansion cycles, dangling a franchise in front of us before handing it to Portland or Philly or some other place. That said, when they finally open for business in the Lou, the reception will be enthusiastic to say the least.

    • charliej11 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Glad that St Louis got it. Great soccer city. Hope that they get an MLS team

  5. firewolf777 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    NO!!!!!!!! I wanted to go to this so badly :'(
    Atleast the city boys will dominate Chelsea.

  6. creek0512 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    MLS didn’t dangle an expansion team in front if the city. If St. Louis ever gets a viable owner, they will get a team, but that person has yet to emerge.

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