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Manchester City Expand US 2011 Summer Tour To Face LA Galaxy

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Manchester City has announced that it has expanded its US 2011 summer tour to include a preseason friendly against LA Galaxy, scheduled for Sunday, July 24 at the Home Depot Center.

The exhibition game is the second announced match of Manchester City’s tour. They’ll play Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada on July 18. Plus more dates for their North American tour are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

“As always, the summer’s preparations will be very important for us and I am really looking forward to coming to Los Angeles and Vancouver for the games in the World Soccer Challenge,” said Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. “The profile of football in America is getting stronger all the time, and David Beckham has done great things to establish the game over there. So it will certainly be interesting for Manchester City to play against David and the rest of the Galaxy team.

“We saw the enthusiasm for football in America when we went out there last summer, it was a really good tour for us. This summer is going to be just as exciting for all of the City players, coaches and hopefully a good number of our fans, who will come out to see us play.”

Manchester City, who qualified for the Champions League earlier this week and who will face Stoke City in the FA Cup Final on Saturday, will presumably face Landon Donovan, David Beckham and other LA Galaxy stars in the friendly.

It’s going to be a busy summer Stateside during July. Along with Roberto Mancini’s Man City, other teams playing exhibition games are Manchester UnitedNewcastle UnitedBolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Everton. And there’s still a good possibility that other Premiership teams may announce summer tours in the United States between now and the end of May.

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15 Responses to Manchester City Expand US 2011 Summer Tour To Face LA Galaxy

  1. Kenny says:

    Technically this will be part of the World Football Challenge. Is it a competition like it was back in 2009 or will it just be an exhibition series?

  2. Joe says:

    Yea, David Beckham has been real great at establishing the game over here.

    What a joke.

    • Clampdown says:

      Easy Joe. It’s not his fault. It was the line his English teacher in Manchester taught him.

    • tonyspeed says:

      What he really meant to say was establishing the legitimacy of the MLS. No one thinks you’re legit until you have a big name player.

  3. H says:

    City are planning on passing out 100 dollar bills the days following up to City’s matches in the US. They are hoping to purchase some brand new shiny fans to go along with their brand new shiny summer signings.

    • MNUfan1991 says:

      Funny you mentioned that. In my wife’s high school in NYC City is sponsoring a lot of the school soccer team’s activities.
      Unfortunately, all the kids support either United (Chicharito!!!), or the Latin/South American leagues.

  4. Sean says:

    Time to buy a Galaxy jersey! Never thought I would say those words…

  5. interesting that the Galaxy’s match against Real (Madrid, not Salt Lake) will be at the massive L.A. Coliseum (80,000+) while the match against Man City will be at the Home Depot Center (25,000).
    I’m pumped that such big clubs are coming here to L.A., but I’ll likely be super-bummed once I see the ticket prices. No way is a friendly worth more than $30, especially to sit in the far reaches of the Coliseum.

    • psu2dcu says:

      Isn’t the Home Depot official capacity is 27,000. And the unofficial numbers when you include SRO for Lalas Hill closer to 30k.

  6. Jacob says:

    Even though is Man City it will be nice to have something to do this summer. does anyone think after this match Tevez will complain about English football and want to come to the states? He is such a douche!

  7. Matt Wrench says:

    Hopefully Man City goes on another spending spree. They might then bother to play their top squad in order to give them the practice.

  8. Dakota says:

    Wow, lets go Galaxy! That will be an awesome game. I’m excited for all the players and for the game. I think all the exhibitions this summer here in the states is gonna be awesome!

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