In a span of summer friendlies, Orlando City-Arsenal tickets are available for the July 20 in Florida.
This fixture, part of the Florida Cup and the expanded FC Series, provides some life for the usual stretch of friendlies in the United States. Launched in 2015, the Florida Cup features clubs from Europe, South America and North America.
This is not a bracket style format. Rather, the teams involved play a certain number of games based on other commitments. For example, last year, Everton, Pumas and Colombian sides Millonarios and Atletico Nacional played a total of three games. Everton won the Florida Cup with two wins. Reason being, organizers set the opener between Everton and Millonarios as the ‘Championship Game’ before the competition.
This year, it is similar. Arsenal plays Chelsea at Camping World Stadium on July 23 for the 2022 Florida Cup. Still, the opportunity for Orlando City to play Arsenal cannot be passed up.
Orlando City to play Arsenal on July 20
This is the first meeting between these two clubs. While it is considered part of a competition, it is a glorified version of a friendly.
Looking back at Everton’s lineup from the Florida Cup in 2021, a number of notable players started for the Toffees. With no international competitions in the summer due to a wintertime World Cup, this is one of the better opportunities for players to maintain match fitness.
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For fans, it is also a rare opportunity to watch a hometown team play one of the more stories sides in Europe. Arsenal has the second-most Premier League title wins of any league in English Premier League history. Orlando City is a relative newcomer to Major League Soccer. Therefore, this game allows some of the Orlando City players to go up against those who might appear at the World Cup or in the Champions League.
Arsenal may put an increased emphasis on the game against Chelsea just a few days later. However, it should be a fun celebration of the sport in the U.S. and Florida.
Here’s the complete list of soccer friendlies in the United States this summer.
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