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How Far Are You Willing to Drive To See a Premier League Team This Summer?

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Photo by Marxchivist

Despite the monotony of the international matches during the past 10 days, we soccer fans in the United States have been excited by the announcements of three Premier League teams heading to the country this summer. And more are expected to announce their plans soon.

If you’re like me, you’ve been checking your calendar and trying to figure out which games are do-able to attend. After all, it’s not every day that a Premier League club comes to the United States to play in a friendly. And summer is the perfect time to get away and create a soccer vacation to combine a game and holiday time.

Here are the cities which will feature friendlies featuring Premier League teams (as of writing):

  • Boston (New England v Manchester United),
  • Seattle (Seattle Sounders v Manchester United),
  • Chicago (Chicago Fire v Manchester United),
  • New Jersey (MLS All-Star team v Manchester United),
  • Washington DC (Barcelona v Manchester United. and D.C. United v Everton),
  • Kansas City (Sporting Kansas City v Newcastle United).

Living in Florida, the dilemma for me is that the nearest city to watch any of the games above is Washington DC, which is 1,000 miles away from my home. That’s a 17 hour car trip (34 hours round-trip). Or, I can purchase a round-trip ticket from my local airport to D.C., which will cost me $350. Decisions decisions.

I plan on waiting to see if any other Premier League clubs will plan on coming to the southeast United States before making a final decision. But I hope those tours will be announced soon. The earlier I can make the decision, the better.

What about you? Are you planning on attending any of the above-mentioned matches? And how far are you willing to drive to see a Premier League team in person? Share your insight in the comments section below.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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