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Manchester United announce U.S. games, trophy tour, as top European sides head to USA in summer of 2014

Feb 4, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

Manchester United's Rooney and van Persie attend a training session at the Carrington training complex in Manchester Reuters

On Tuesday Manchester United officially announced they will be returning to the USA for their preseason tour in 2014.

The 2014 tour marks United’s first preseason trip to the States since 2011, as they went back to back years with U.S. tours, playing multiple games and taking on the MLS All-Stars in venues across the country.

To celebrate their upcoming tour of the USA, and the clubs landmark 20th PL title from last season, United’s lates Premier League trophy and a traveling group of former will be stopping into four U.S. cities later this week and the start of next.

Full details of that coming up on ProSoccerTalk tomorrow.

Man United will be part of the 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup, with the full details set to be announced in the coming weeks. However the eight teams listed to participate in games are United, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, AS Roma Internazionale, Olympiakos and Real Madrid.

Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold had the following to say on their U.S. tour:

“Since the Club’s last visit in 2011, the appeal of football in America has grown rapidly. NBC reported that this season’s Barclays Premier League opening weekend saw the average viewership rise by 78% from the 2012/13 season, with Manchester United’s match against Swansea being the most-watched game. Manchester United has over eight million followers in the United States and the 2014 Tour presents an exciting opportunity for these fans to get up close to the club they love.”

Cheers for the kind words, Manchester United. However there may be one snag. If United qualify for the Europa League this season, they may have to head back to England early in order for the opening rounds of the tournament. But we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

Anyway, the 2014 International Champions Cup will take place in cities across the United States from 26 July to 4 August, with Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and Miami the chosen cities. One other venue will be announced soon.

The same format that has been followed in the previous ICC tournaments will take place as the teams will be divided into two groups, with the winners of each group meeting in the final at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami on August 4.

  1. djp141 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I will be there in Charlotte.

  2. cornishhooligan - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    It’s a shame that there are no California games scheduled this year.

  3. christophershearin - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    they need to add indianapolis back to the list, I heart the chelsea game last year was crazy, sorry I missed it

  4. mvktr2 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Mostly zzzz.

    However I’m of two minds on the ‘mega club comes to america’ bit. In a way it’s good for soccer but I feel ultimately it’s even more good for the (insert name) mega clubs. This of course is a problem and it is directly related to MLS/US Soccer’s biggest problem, the lack of MLS ratings. The ripple is a lack of interest in ‘piddling’ MLS teams when ‘u.s. super-fan’ can both watch mega club X on the tube and get a personal experience with these clubs via attending these exhibitions.

    Thus a saturation of these exhibitions is an aggregate loss while a couple of ‘oddity’ games would be better/generate more curiosity because of their uniqueness. Then again I’ve been wrong before and this wouldn’t be the last time!

    • footballer4ever - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      I already bought 4 tickets for the FINAL on August 4th at Sunlife Stadium. I only have to wait 6 months for that day.

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