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Man City and Tottenham Hotspur Coming To America This Summer

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Manchester City today announced the club will be competing in the New York Football Challenge this summer as part of their pre-season tour of the East Coast of the United States. The four team tournament will also feature Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will each play two games in the tournament and will line up against New York Red Bulls and Sporting Lisbon. The dates for the games will be between Thursday, July 22 and Sunday, July 25. The games will be played at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

“The New York Football Challenge 2010 is an important one for us,” said Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. “We have big ambitions for the Premier League next season, and this tournament will give us the perfect opportunity to prepare for our season with some highly competitive games, enthusiastic supporters and world class facilities. It will be fantastic for us to visit the United States, and especially for us to visit New York during our tour of the East Coast.”

Newcastle United, Bolton, Everton and Fulham were also considered for the New York Football Challenge, but they were passed up in favor of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur instead.

Manchester City is also considering playing a game in Atlanta against Club America in late July, but this hasn’t been confirmed as of press date.

In other pre-season tour news, we already know that Manchester United will be playing in Mexico in late July and they’re expected to play several games in the States. In late breaking news, The Guardian is reporting that Celtic and Rangers are considering playing a friendly in the United States this summer, which would be an absolutely huge spectacle given the number of expats and Scottish-American ties in the States.

The Guardian is also reporting that “Celtic is penciled in to play Manchester United in Toronto on 16 or 17 July.”

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. nev

    July 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    HI
    JUST A QUICK EMAIL TO ASK IF U CAN HELP ME OBTAIN PROGRAMMES AND OTHERS ITEMS FROM THE NEW YORK CHALLENGE COMPETITION INVLVING MAN CITY IN NEW YORK.

    I SUPPLY PROGRAMMES TO PEOPLE WHO ARE DISABLED ,AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME FROM THE GAMES INVOLVING MAN CITY TOTTENHAM SPORTIN LISBON AND RED BULLS .

    IF U CAN HELP ME EMAIL ME AND LETV ME KNOW HOW MUCH ,ALSO ANY SPARE T SHIRTS ETC

    HERE’S HOPING U CAN HELP
    THANKS

    NEVILLE

  2. jason

    April 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Why Sporting Lisbon though? They should have just had a 3rd English team and have Asian premier league cup type tourny.

    • Tim

      April 21, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      Red Bull Arena is located next to one of the most densely populated Portuguese communities in America.

  3. CTBlues

    April 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I’ll go to one of these games and root for the RedBulls. I can’t really root for either of these teams since I hate both especially after what they did to my Chelsea this past weekend.

    • MNUfan1991

      April 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

      The enemy (Man Sheikhty) of my enemy (Chelski)… is still my enemy!

  4. jason

    April 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Please try to see if you can find out if smaller teams are coming too. Teams in the lower echilon of the EPL or lower divions clubs come to the USA as well.

    • The Gaffer

      April 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Jason, I’ll definitely keep an eye out for those too. If there are any Championship or Football League sides coming, I’ll post news about those over on our sister site Championship Talk at http://www.championshiptalk.com

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  5. erik the viking

    April 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Probably leave anyone who played in the world cup at home.
    But both will still field very good sides.

  6. Tim

    April 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Sectarian violence in the USA, I haven’t seen that since, well I’ve never seen that

    • Mr. Bigglesworth

      April 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      Billy Connolly on the Glasgow Airport attack

      “I love the naivety of al-Qaeda. For trying to bring a religious war to Glasgow. You’re 400 years too late guys!!

      You’ve not even got a Football Team for Christ’s sake…”

  7. The Gaffer

    April 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Kevin, why would you be furious? There’s only a small gap of time between the end of the World Cup and the new Premier League season. And there’s still a good chance that Spurs and Man City will play more games while they’re here other than the New York Football Challenge.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  8. Kevin

    April 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    If I wasn’t going to be studying in England in the fall and able to go to a ton of Spurs matches anyway, I’d be furious at this being only in New York. What a joke.

  9. Matt

    April 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    “Manchester City manager Roberto Martinez.”

    Maybe not!

    • The Gaffer

      April 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      Drat! That’s what I get when I rush an article and have a former Swansea City manager on my brain (I support the Swans). Now fixed. Thanks for your eagle eyes Matt.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Laurence

        April 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm

        Do you know, someone made exactly the same mistake on 5Live the other night. Must be catching…

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