Manchester United Selected As 2011 MLS All-Star Game Opponent

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs participates in a training session in Chicago as part of their 2010 US tour.

For the second year in a row, Manchester United will be the opponent in the MLS All-Star Game, according to an unnamed source.

Last season, Manchester United defeated the MLS All-Star Team 5-2 in an exciting game in Houston, Texas. But this year’s MLS All-Star Game will be played on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey with Manchester United selected as the opponent once again.

The 2011 MLS All-Star Game won’t be the only stop on Manchester United’s tour. The club will kick off its U.S. tour with a game against Seattle Sounders on July 20 or 21 in Seattle, Washington. The club will utilize the Nike training facilities near Beaverton, Oregon to prepare for the club’s first preseason friendly of the United States.

After playing Seattle Sounders, Manchester United will fly to Chicago where they’ll play against Chicago Fire on Saturday, July 23. Event organizers were originally planning on having the game played at Wrigley Field, the legendary baseball stadium, but it appears that the deal may have fallen through, and that the game will be played at a different Chicago venue instead.

Last, but not least, Manchester United will complete their United States preseason tour with a mouthwatering game against Barcelona on July 30 in Washington D.C.   After the game, Manchester United will return to England to finalize preparation for the 2011-2012 Premier League season.

An official announcement regarding Manchester United’s tour is expected to be announced in late March.

Since breaking the news that Manchester United were in serious discussions as early as December to tour the United States, EPL Talk has received countless phone calls and e-mails asking for ticket information. Ticket details are expected to be announced in late March. But without a doubt, tickets will go fast. In previous years when Manchester United has toured the United States, the best places to find ticket news were to become a member of One United USA (the official Manchester United Supporters Club of America) or to visit the official Manchester United website.

What are your thoughts about Manchester United being picked as the opponent for the 2011 MLS All-Star Game? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

21 thoughts on “Manchester United Selected As 2011 MLS All-Star Game Opponent”

  1. Well, with Man Utd, it’s always full house but I think that for MLS to get legitimacy it would be better if the UEFA Champions League winner could play against the MLS All-star team.

    1. The Champions League winner is not determined until May, which is probably a bit late to be finalizing summer tour plans. Especially when the match would hardly hold much significance for the European team.

  2. I would rather see FC Barcelona or Real Madrid since you have two of the best players in the world with Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo.

  3. I love how MLS Talk folks bash “Eurosnobs” but are the first to be excited and scoop up tickets when a major European club visits the States. These friendlies are lame and get in the way of the regular season. Oh wait, the regular season doesn’t matter anymore because of the addition of 2 teams for the playoffs. Funny how friendlies are more popular and made MLS regular season a silhouette of competitive soccer.

    1. Didn’t watch last year, would have it was East versus West.

      Taped as I had something going on.

      I thought you gave up on MLS ?!?!

      1. Yes, I did give up on MLS. Not watching it anymore but still critical on the league. nice to see franchise sounders club charge its season tix holders for friendly matches.

        1. Sounders gave season ticket holders the oppurtunity to opt out since so many asked for that option last year.

        2. Usually when people give up, they don’t troll blogs on the subject that they gave up on. I too am critical of eurosnobs, but not European soccer. They have a system that has flaws too, but it works for them. It’s exciting to see teams from around the world play here. They are not imposing their system upon us. It is perfectly fine that they come here and play. I’d rather see a La Liga or Serie A team myself, but it will still be fun.

        3. Ummm Robert – How exactly can you be critical of a league you don’t actually watch? Wouldn’t that mean you don’t know what your talking about?!!

    2. I really don’t see the connection between the two. One could dislike the endless pro/reg/playoffs debate and still watch European football. Who doesn’t like special events?

  4. MLS Talk is now a group for the ESPNsoccernet Fantasy game. Your entry can belong to more than one group. I contacted Don Garber and he has agreed to give his job to the MLS Talk group winner.

  5. You sure about the Sounder’s game ?

    It is not on their website and people have been clamouring for who the Top 5 team would be, as they paid a lot of money for that game ( for my cheap season tickets it was $70 per ticket )

  6. Eh, whatever. I would rather see Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, AC Milan, Inter, Roma, Napoli, Juventus, Bayern, or Borussia Dortmund. But that’s just me.

    1. I’d like to see Celtic or Napoli; they both seem to be two sides to watch next season in the Europa League.

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