U! S! A! U! S! A!
We've known for a while that next summer's pre-season tour will see Manchester United heading back to the land of apple pie, spray on cheese, and cars the size of houses. Today the club confirmed the where, when and who, and as expected, Louis van Gaal has won his argument for a shorter, more localised tour.
United will spend most of their time on the west coast. They'll start with a game against Mexico's Club America in Seattle, before playing San Jose Earthquakes at a venue yet to be confirmed. Then they'll head to Santa Clara to play Barcelona, before finishing up at Soldier Field in Chicago, where they will face Paris Saint-Germain. This will again be the International Champions' Cup, though there's no final planned this year.
Announcing the tour, Manchester United group managing director, Richard Arnold, said:
Nobody knows what a group managing director is, but I can assure you, it means I have nothing of interest to say about football.
While Greg Case, the president and chief executive officer of the tour's presenting partner Aon, added:
Similarly, my job ensures that I, too, have nothing of interest to say about the sport. Go Mets!
17 July vs. Club America, Centurylink Field, Seattle
21 July vs. San Jose Earthquakes, venue TBC
25 July vs. Barcelona, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara
29 July vs. Paris Saint-Germain, Soldier Field, Chicago