American and Canadian soccer fans brace yourself, the biggest clubs in the world are coming to a city near you. MLS supporters will get witness Manchester United, AC Milan, Arsenal and multiple European teams play as they prepare for their upcoming season.
In what is now a summer tradition, these teams elect to come to the most popular and culturally rich country in the world to relax, while also training for the foreseeable future.
As one would predict, the biggest cities in the US and Canada get the biggest names, while places like Philadelphia settle for the less-recognizable teams.
Believe it or not, there thousands, if not millions, of soccer fans in America, and when European teams come to town, they all come out to watch their favorite players in action. Because of the previous statement, MLS teams create some time to host their well-known guests. By playing against these teams, MLS is trying to win the attention of fans who don’t know too much about the relatively young league.
And with soccer enjoying some media attention in the US because of the World Cup, the MLS fan base should increase during this period. At least, that’s what the front office think and hope will happen.
Unlike the regular MLS matches, most of these games will be streamed live on national TV. TV stations will devote a lot of manpower and resources to airing these games.
It all kicks off on July 19 between the Seattle Sounders and Tottenham Hotspur. This is the only friendly Seattle will play and fans can watch it live on ESPN2.
Manchester United and its noisy neighbor Manchester City will be in action on July 23. City battles reigning MLS champion Sporting Kansas City on ESPN2, while United will face the league’s most popular team, LA Galaxy, on FOX Sports 1.
Both Manchester sides will continue their US tour, but they’ll only play non-MLS teams.
FOX Sports 1 and 2 will broadcast City’s games against Milan, Liverpool and Olympiacos.
United’s new head coach Louis van Gaal has a host of top teams assembled for his preseason. After playing the Galaxy, the Dutch mastermind will test his player’s fitness against a very solid AS Roma side. Three days after taking on Roma, United will face another Serie A side, Inter Milan.
On Aug. 2, United will be involved in the most anticipated game of the summer. The most successful team in English Premier League history will battle ten-time UEFA Champions League champion, Real Madrid, on FOX. Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Gareth Bale and many more will be action.
It all comes to an end on Aug. 6. A selected group of MLS players will take on Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich in the MLS All-Star game.
The full schedule for this summer’s international friendlies can be seen here.
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