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Chicago vs Man Utd, DC vs Everton and Orlando vs Newcastle: Friendly Roll Call

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Seattle and Man United fans mingling in the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Jason Staples.

This weekend is another big one across the United States for preseason friendlies featuring Premier League clubs. Today, Manchester United plays Chicago in front of a sold-out crowd of 62,500 at Soldier Field. Newcastle United plays Orlando City at the cavernous Citrus Bowl in Florida. DC United hosts Everton at RFK Stadium. And then tomorrow, Manchester City face LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in the last game of their North American tour.

If you’re planning on going to any of the games, let us know which one in the comments section below. And if you’d like to meet other EPL Talk readers before the game for a drink, etcetera, let them know in the comments.

Also, if you’re interested in snapping photos from any of the games, or writing a first-person account of your experiences, please e-mail me at thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com

For those of us who don’t live near any of the games today, here’s the TV schedule for some of the friendlies:

  • 5pm: Chicago Fire vs Manchester United, ESPN2/ Deportes
  • 7:30pm: DC United vs Everton, Fox Soccer Channel
  • Sunday, 4pm; LA Galaxy vs Manchester City, ESPN2/ Deportes

In the friendlies played thus far featuring the above mentioned teams, Man United beat New England Revolution 4-1 and Seattle Sounders 7-0. Everton lost 1-0 to Philadelphia Union. Newcastle United drew 0-0 against Sporting Kansas City. Manchester City, meanwhile, beat Club America 2-0 and Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1.

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10 Responses to Chicago vs Man Utd, DC vs Everton and Orlando vs Newcastle: Friendly Roll Call

  1. Adam says:

    I’ll be at the Orlando City v. Newcastle match tonight! City til I die!

    By the way, there was some drama leading up to the match which almost caused it to be canceled. Newcastle insisted on playing on grass, but our stadium has new fancy turf. Logistically, playing at another stadium wouldn’t have worked.

    So, the team decided to lay down grass on top of the turf.

    They didn’t want to do it the old-school way, with big concrete tiles and sod on top. Instead, they were planning on laying down a thin sheet to protect the turf, and unrolling strips of sod directly on top of it. Newcastle (understandably) protested that the pitch would be a mess and refused to play on it. So, Orlando City brought in a $h-tload of workers to remove the new grass at the last minute, and we’re playing on turf after all.

  2. Eric says:

    Going to the Man United match at Solider Field today. It’ll be my second match of the USA Tour, after going to Boston, for United’s first match.

    It should be a great atmosphere, weather included. Massive thunderstorm passed through the city last night and forecasts show more rain/thunderstorm throughout the day and into the evening.

    Nothing like rain, football and Manchester United. Wonder if the match will be delayed or affected by potential thunderstorms.

  3. Robin says:

    I am actually in Germany watch Arsenal RIGHT NOW!!! (Yes I am typing from the stadium)

  4. SoccerLimey says:

    Lived in Chicago for 30 years and going to the game today. Weather will be a little different than my days in Manchester on the Stretford End so many years ago.

    Storms rolling in like this is commonplace at this time of the year butsome can be violent like last night. The pitch at Soldier Field might be a problem as it is one of the worst surfaces in the NFL. The game should go on OK unless severe lightning occurs which will halt things for a minute or two.

    Humidity and heat will be an issue at game kick off. Should be 90 degrees by 4pm local so I expect a lot of subs and a slow paced game. The Fire don’t present much opposition as they are one of the poorest teams in the MLS but I think 2-0,3-0 to United is a fair bet .

    Biggest concern is travel. Many roads into the city are flooded and will be for a good few hours so if you’re going to the game, make sure you leave early and keep your radios tuned to WBBM-AM 780 and get traffic reports. Some interstates are closed until crews can get the flood waters down.

    Player appearances today at Fado’s Pub (Brian Robson, Andy Cole). United are the toast of the city right now which is great for the club after the debacle with Bayern last time they played here. De Gea, Jones, Young, all starting today. No Chicharito until New Jersey.

    Fired up already !

  5. Brian says:

    Really excited to see Everton v. DC United…will be my first time seeing the Toffees in-person. Well-prepared to sweat it out

  6. MCFCHoosier says:

    I will be a walk up for the Orlando City/Newcastle Utd. game tonight. First time seeing a soccer game on turf, first time to see Orlando City, come to think of it. Looking forward to seeing the Toon Army in action, let’s just keep the thunderstorms away!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I hope the US does well! Beat Man U!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I would like Everton to win, though. They have a good team…….If any of you want to vote on which European team is the best, please go to! The poll is in the bottom left corner!

  9. CTID says:

    I went to the Everton v DC United match last night. First off, it was HOT and humid. I felt like I had a warm, wet towel draped over my head.

    There was a good amount of Everton supporters in the crowd. Some I spoke with were Americans and a few were Englishmen.

    D.C. United were outclassed from the beginning and Everton pretty much had their way with them. All in all, we had an enjoyable time.

  10. harry says:

    I too was at the game and if any of you would like to see some of my photos, here is the link:

    I alos would have to say, even though the stadium wasn’t filled to capacity like those that went to the Man Utd. game in Philly, there was indeed a huge Everton presence here in DC.

    As far as the game itself, Everton was just bigger and more imposing than DC United and played a great game. Although it seemed like DC United figured it out in the 2nd half, the damage had already been done but hey, it doesn’t really count on the record, but just seeing a Premier League team play was mostly what the people wanted and that is what they got…but this weekend is going to be the big one and I cannot wait…and I will be there!

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