In July, one of the most recognizable clubs in England will meet one of the most recognizable in North America for the first time.
As part of their annual United States tour, Manchester United will make a stop at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy, per the latter club's official Twitter feed:
Manchester United's Twitter feed added that it will be part of the Chevrolet FC Cup:
Galaxy President Chris Klein talked about the importance of the friendly in a press release, via LAGalaxy.com:
We are excited to take on Manchester United at the Rose Bowl Stadium this summer. We look forward to playing a storied club at a storied venue. As the top club in North America it is important for us to play big games and bring big events to the city of Los Angeles.”
Manchester United have struggled in their first season under David Moyes. They are making some noise in Europe, most recently drawing defending champions Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal, but domestically, they currently sit in seventh place in the EPL in danger of missing Europa League qualifying.
Still, the Red Devils' successful history speaks for itself, and Manchester United—Forbes' second-most-valuable soccer team in the world—remain one of the most popular clubs on the planet. A matchup against the North American powerhouse Galaxy, who have won two of the last three MLS Cup finals, is a major draw at the historic venue.
ESPN's Jason Davis highlighted that point:
Man United going for that post-World Cup dollar. Playing in the biggest places possible.— Jason Davis (@davisjsn) April 8, 2014
The World Cup, which ends just 10 days before this friendly, has a chance to dilute the rosters, as players such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Landon Donovan (an American can hope!) may be ready for a break.
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Still, with a chance for Americans to get an up-close look at burgeoning youngsters like Adnan Januzaj, or the opportunity to see Robbie Keane match up against his old England foes, there is a lot of intrigue with this high-profile club friendly.
“Our previous matches against MLS opposition have proved popular with fans and players alike and we are delighted to be returning to the U.S," said United's group managing director Richard Arnold in a release, via the Los Angeles Times' Kevin Baxter.
Following the conclusion of the World Cup, this will be a tremendous way to kill the summer lull in the sports world.