Barcelona and Real Madrid will renew part of the state competition this summer in Las Vegas, where the Spanish giants will play a friendly on July 23 at the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium.
The couple met in Miami five years ago. It was a 3–2 More than 66,000 were part of the International Champions Cup won by Barcelona, an ambitious off-season tour, partly to pave the way for a La Liga match on American soil. That match never materialized and the ICC was shut down in a pandemic.
This year’s American El Clásico is part of a list of five games and five teams called the “Football Champions Tour”. Organized by the owner of LA Galaxy AEG, Juventus, Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara will also be playing matches in Vegas, Dallas and California.
Barcelona and Madrid made their final tour of the US in 2019, although they did not face off. Madrid took part in the ICC final, a friendly match against Barça against Napoli. Since then, their fortunes have receded. Madrid won La Liga in 2020 and have just doubled their league and UEFA Champions League this season.
Barcelona, meanwhile, have struggled with debt and institutional problems, losing Lionel Messi and only taking away the 2021 Copa del Rey. However, he has reportedly followed up with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, so there is little chance that the two-time FIFA player of the year will make his Barcelona debut in the US. Bulls in July.
Barcelona and Juventus have Americans in their books, although they will not be able to stay with the club until the summer. Defender Sergiño Dest, 21, played 31 games for Barça but suffered a number of injuries and then missed the final month of the season (and the current US national team camp) with a scuffle problem. Midfielder Weston McKennie, 23, played 29 games for Juventus in his second season in Turin, scoring four goals before breaking his foot in February. He is now back on the field and in camp with the US
Soccer Champions Tour will be part of what is becoming a busy summer for US friends: the likes of Bayern Munich and Chelsea are also coming. With the World Cup postponed from November to December, there are no major men’s events to reduce the calendar, and well-known clubs are eager to return to the American market after two pandemic summers.
Here is a partial list of summer friendlies scheduled in the US:
June 11 – Austin FC-Pachuca, Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas
June 14 – Atlanta United-Pachuca, Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium
June 15 – Chivas de Guadalajara-Santos Laguna, Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
June 18 – Atlas-Chivas de Guadalajara, Bridgeview SeatGeek Stadium, Ill.
June 18 – Monterrey-Santos Laguna, Houston PNC Stadium
June 19 – Club América-UNAM Pumas, Seatview BridgeGeek Stadium, Ill.
June 22 – Club América-Club León, PayPal Park in San Jose, California.
July 2 – America de Cali-Deportivo Cali, Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla.
July 16 – Arsenal-Everton, Baltimore M&T Bank Stadium
July 16 – Chelsea-Club America, Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium
July 19 – Inter Miami-Barcelona, DRV PNK Stadium Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
July 20 – Charlotte FC-Chelsea, Bank of America Stadium Charlotten, NC
July 20 – Club América-Manchester City, Houston NRG Stadium
July 20 – DC United-Bayern Munich, Audi Field Washingtonen, DC
July 20 – Minnesota United-Everton, Allianz Field St. Paul-en, Minn.
July 20 – Orlando City-Arsenal, Exploria Stadium Orlando, Fla.
July 20 – San Jose Earthquakes-Celta Vigo, PayPal Park in San Jose, California.
July 22 – Chivas de Guadalajara-Juventus, Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium
July 23 – Arsenal-Chelsea, Orlando, Camping World Stadium in Florida.
July 23 – Barcelona-Real Madrid, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
July 23 – Bayern Munich-Manchester City, Green Bay Lambeau Field, Wisc.
July 26 – Club América-Real Madrid, Oracle Park in San Francisco
July 26 – Barcelona-Juventus, Dallas Cotton Bowl
July 30 – Juventus-Real Madrid, Rose Bowl at Pasadena, California.
July 30 – New York Red Bulls-Barcelona, Harrison Red Bull Arena, NJ
August 3 – LA Galaxy-Chivas de Guadalajara, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
August 3 – Los Angeles FC-Club America, Inglewood, California, SoFi Stadium.
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