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Manchester United to Play Barcelona In U.S. 2011 Summer Tour

May 27, 2009 - Rome, Italy - Barcelona FC versus Manchester United FC - 2008 2009 UEFA Champions League Final - Olympic Stadium Rome. In the photo: Barcelona's LIONEL MESSI and Man Utd's WAYNE ROONEY Photo via Newscom

Manchester United will face Barcelona in a pre-season friendly scheduled for July, 2011 in Washington DC, the Spanish club announced today.

The massive match between two of the biggest names in soccer will take place on July 30 as part of Barcelona and Manchester United’s 2011 summer tour of the United States. EPL Talk exclusively revealed, more than two weeks ago, that Manchester United was planning a 2011 pre-season tour. The Red Devils have been in discussions to play a friendly in Chicago at Wrigley Field as well as a potential friendly against the Portland Timbers in their refurbished stadium.

In addition to Barcelona facing Manchester United, the club announced two additional friendlies today:

  • August 3: Barcelona v AC Milan (Miami), and
  • August 6: Club America v Barcelona (Dallas).

Unfortunately, Barcelona is likely to be without forward Lionel Messi, right back Daniel Alves and midfielder Javier Mascherano because of the Copa America in Argentina, which ends July 24.

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. Violet

    April 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    any information on the tickets for barca vs milan? i heard from someone that it’s cancelled…….

  2. JT

    April 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Theres a company in virginia called Great atlantic travel that has tickets to the Red Devils game against FC Barcelona and others. I used them as my tour provider for supporting England at last years South African World Cup, and was very pleased.

  3. Blanca N.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I Got Kinda Mad When I Read That Messi Isn’t Going! I Really Wanted Him To Go </3 He Is My Favorite Soccer Player Out Of All Of Them But IM Still Going To Support The Team 😀 I LOVE FCB

  4. Hugo

    March 31, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Does anyone have a ballpark figure for the typical cost of tickets on these summer tours? I’m thinking of coming to the US for a week to go to the AC – Barca game but I want to have an idea of cost to budget properly. Any reliable info is most welcome.

    Thanks.

    • Brett

      April 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Man Utd are playing the Chicago Fire at Soldier field and tickets for that range from $75 (upper middle section) to $400 each sitting close to the half line in the first row.

  5. el messi

    March 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

    soo is david villa gonna play against man united??

  6. michel

    March 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Any news on tix for the Barcelona match?

  7. Betita

    March 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    When will tickets be available? and when?

    • The Gaffer

      March 26, 2011 at 6:42 am

      Ticket details will be announced next week. Stay tuned to EPL Talk for details.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  8. Beatriz

    March 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Any idea of where or when I may get the tickets?

  9. bob

    February 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    whr can i get tickets

  10. el chavo

    January 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Pero como messi no va a jugar si la copa america termina en julio 24 y el partido barcelona contra manU es el julio 30. Entonces si va a poder jugar no o que, digame si entoy incorrecto

  11. tim

    January 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

    um soccerlimey you still dont sound like much of a football fan anyway. who cares if it s reserves that are playing. if you actually give a shite about the future of your club seeing those reserve players on the field is a big deal. Not all games are full of star players playing attractive football thats not what the game is all about anyway its a team sport. Some time grinding out a win is just as meaning full as a game full of goals.

    • SoccerLimey

      January 14, 2011 at 12:41 am

      We could burn up this blog arguing about whether either one of us is a football fan or not. I know I’ve earned my stripes and I’m sure you have too, but this is about “truth in advertising”.

      I happen to be a United fan back from the days when I lived in Manchester and was ecstatic to hear in 2004 that they were coming to Soldier Field to play Bayern Munich. It was billed as “The Rematch” in some quarters. Tickets sold out in a heartbeat and scalpers were getting over $250 per ticket in the days leading up to the game. When the game is billed as a Champions World Series match you expect both teams to field reasonably competitive line-ups. United did not. They had Roy Keane and a bunch of youth players and reserves.

      Now I could have dealt with that, but the game was horrendous. Played at a snails pace, with minimal effort, the crowd (60,000+) started booing in the last 15 minutes. The officials, as the game ended 0-0, hastily organised a penalty shoot-out which Bayern won. The following day, the backlash started. It was so bad that United had to recall Paul Scholes back from his soccer academy in Florida to play in the next game in New York. United have not played in Chicago since.

      Now, tell me how that helps any club or the sport. Grinding out a win I can deal with. Just give me effort for my money.

      • Matt Brown

        March 7, 2011 at 3:15 am

        Personally SoccerLimey you sound like a DC United fan that just got into European Soccer after watching the world cup this summer.

  12. SoccerLimey

    January 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Just a word of advice before people start dragging their tongues on the ground at the propspect of this “massive match”. This is a pre-season game, and granted, it’s fortunate that there is no summer tournament this year, but i had the misfortune of seeing Man Utd vs Bayern Munich back in July 2004 at Soldier Field, Chicago. As I recall, only Roy Keane started from the star players and the rest were reserves and youth players.

    The game was brutal – a training session – and it ended 0-0. Penalties had to be swiftly arranged to prevent some pretty hostile fans from tearing up the place. United haven’t been back since.

    North American friendlies are not what they appear to be.

    • Chris

      January 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      To Soccerlimey you must not be a big soccer fan because United was here last year for 4 games against MLS teams and one vs Celtic so they have been here since 2004. So get your facts straight

      • SoccerLimey

        January 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        As I said, United have not been back to Chicago since. Reading and understanding is a skill. Try it sometime.

    • DT

      February 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      2004 was an European Championship summer, so that’s why United were missing a good number of their star players. Just the year before that, they brought everybody for their games against Celtic, Club America, Juventus, and Barcelona.

      Perhaps a good rule of thumb would be to look forward to games in odd-numbered summers over here.

  13. copiloto

    January 2, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Hey bato si messi, Macherano y alves no ban ajugar en julio 30 en el fedex field entonces cual es el barcelona que biene? came on guys who make the best show when barcelona play is the litle magic messi gooool.

  14. cat

    December 31, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Well, If Messi is not there it does not make sense for me to go … (

    • Tell the Truth

      April 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      Completely agree.

  15. Andy K

    December 27, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Any word if it will be at RFK or FedEx Field? My guess is FedEx as it has better facilities,

    • The Gaffer

      December 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm

      Fedex Field.

      As for the game in Miami, it’ll be at Sun Life Stadium (yes!!!!).

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Andy K

        December 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

        I live in the metro DC area and would love to see this game, but I am betting that tickets will cost a small fortune,

    • Margaret

      February 17, 2011 at 7:41 am

      How can I get tickets for the match in DC this summer????

  16. karla

    December 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    will messi be able to play against america on aug. 6th?

  17. Efrain

    December 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Awww bummer. Thanks G.

  18. Efrain

    December 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Hey Gaffer,

    Any idea when tickets go on sale? I am assuming it will be through Ticketmaster.

    • The Gaffer

      December 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Dates were announced today and the word I’m getting is that Barcelona may have jumped the gun a little on this.

      Best bet is to stay tuned to EPL Talk for ticket news.

      Cheers
      The Gaffer

      • nc

        December 24, 2010 at 7:24 am

        if an mls team is your dream christmas present, then would this be a stocking stuffer?

        i don’t mean to give any fuel to get your hopes up for no reason but going back to your mls wish, the timing would seem about right. the marlins are moving out of dolphin stadium after the 2011 season. the new dolphins owner Stephen Ross (who also owns the stadium) will be losing a whole summer’s worth of lease revenue. the stadium will be dormant from Jan -mid august. no more baseball infield dirt. MLS will have 19 teams after Montreal. Dolphin stadium finally gets a solid exhibition (Joe Robbie being one of the first newer stadiums built with soccer in mind). It kind of makes sense in a way.

      • behailu abera

        December 24, 2010 at 7:36 am

        i want to the club suporter

      • Birgit

        March 25, 2011 at 7:49 am

        Hello,

        Are there any tickets available yet for those games in the U.S.?
        Thank you!

        Birgit

        • The Gaffer

          March 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

          Ticket details haven’t been announced yet. Heck, the game hasn’t even been officially announced by Man United yet either.

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

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