Barça will play against Chivas USA, Club América and Manchester United in its United States’ Tour
Major League Soccer and CAA Sports have announced the fixtures for the Herbalife World Football Challenge to be held in the United States. FC Barcelona, which will participate between July 30th and August 6th, have also announced that Turkish Airlines will be the main sponsor for the team’s US Tour.
Barcelona (FCB).- The game against Mexico\u2019s Chivas de Guadalajara will take place on August 3rd at 20.00 (local time) at Miami\u2019s Sun Life Stadium. Club América will be Barça\u2019s opponents three days later at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 16.00 (local time). Barça will also star in a re-run of this year\u2019s Champions League final when they take on Manchester United at the FedexField in Landover, Maryland at 19.00 on July 30th.
Rosell: \u201CIt\u2019s important to be close to the fans\u201D
To coincide with the announcement of the last two games on the North American tour, FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has made a conference call to the main media in the cities where the team will be playing. Describing the tour, he made it clear that \u201Cit is very important for Barça. It is not just about generating income, but also getting personally closer to the fans and making our name bigger, both by playing and supporting charities\u201D. He also said that the tour would present an ideal opportunity \u201Cto meet football promoters with whom we can reach agreements to set up schools and academies\u201D.
Thrilled at Miami debut
Rosell spoke about \u201Csoccer\u2019s growth in the United States\u201D and said he was especially excited that the game with Chivas \u201Cwill be Barça\u2019s first in Miami\u201D. He also commented on the \u201Cquality and business level\u201D of Mexican clubs and mentioned his affection for the other Mexican side FC Barcelona will be playing: \u201CI have been fond of América since 2003, when I was [FC Barcelona] Vice President and we played a friendly at the Azteca. I\u2019m looking forward to seeing my friends from América\u201D.
Tickets for the Herbalife World Football Challenge are available at WorldFootballChallenge.com .
About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer\u2019s 16th season will feature 18 clubs each playing 34 regular season matches. Those clubs include Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; 2010 MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural seasons, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. An expansion team in Montreal will debut in 2012.
What is CAA Sports?
According to its website, CAA Sports is a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world's leading talent agency. CAA Sports represents more than 650 of the world's best athletes in baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis, and golf, in addition to icons in individual sports, Olympians, coaches, broadcasters, and other sports personalities. It also manages opportunities for clients off the field. CAA Sports also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorship opportunities.
About Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines is the FC Barcelona Official Airline and Turkey\u2019s national flag carrier. Its fleet consists of 165 aircraft (passenger and cargo) and organises flights to total 181 points including 139 in international and 42 domestic lines. Turkish Airlines won SkyTrax Award for the Best Airline in Southern Europe on April 2, 2009. The airline also marked its name on the 3th place in the best airline companies in all Europe countries.