|FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, duels for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Mikel San Jose, left, during during the Copa del Rey soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)|
Barcelona announces preseason trip to US
BARCELONA—Barcelona will tour the United States as part of its preseason schedule next summer, with games planned against Manchester United, AC Milan and Mexican team America.
The club said Thursday that it will also play in Munich, Germany and Split, Croatia.
The United match is scheduled for July 30 in Landover, Md., with the game against Milan on Aug. 3 in Miami. The tour will conclude in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 6 with Barcelona taking on America.
The club hopes the six-date tour, which includes three matches in Europe before the team departs for the U.S., will net Barcelona $8.1 million. Matches are being arranged in conjunction with Major League Soccer's Soccer United Marketing and the Creative Artists Agency.
Contracts for venues and opponents have not been finalized.
Barcelona toured the U.S. as part its preseason preparations in 2008 and 2009.
The Blaugrana are likely to be missing star forward Lionel Messi, right back Daniel Alves and midfielder Javier Mascherano because of the Copa America in Argentina, which ends July 24. Messi and Mascherano are regulars on Argentina's national team and Daniel Alves on Brazil's.