City to tour North America in summer
- Thu 14 Apr 2011, 5:30PM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Manchester City will once again visit North America for their pre-season training camp.
The 2011 trip will take place in July, and see City take in three games and begin their preparations for the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season.
Last year saw Roberto Mancini’s men kick off their summer with a training camp at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and taking in a game against Portland Timbers.
City then moved onto New York to face New York Red Bulls and Sporting Lisbon before then facing Mexican side Club America in Atlanta and finishing the tour with a clash against Inter Milan in Baltimore.
And this season’s tour promises to be just as exciting. City will play three games in the World Football Challenge, a major tournament in North America. One of those games will see the team fly up to Canada to take on new Major League Soccer outfit Vancouver Whitecaps on Monday 18th July at Empire Fields, Vancouver.
After finishing their involvement in the World Football Challenge, City will fly back to the UK before then travelling to Dublin to take up our place alongside Celtic, Inter Milan and the FAI League of Ireland XI in the Dublin Super Cup on the weekend of Saturday 30th July.
Chief Executive Garry Cook said: “We’re delighted to be heading to North America, and are very excited about travelling to Vancouver to play the Whitecaps.
“Vancouver is a great soccer city with a new MLS side and passionate supporters of the game. We already have a history with the Whitecaps, having played them in 1980 and 1981 at Empire Field. They won both matches in fine style and it will be our challenge to try to overturn those results. So it promises to be a fantastic occasion.”
Further details about the remainder of the North America visit will be announced in the coming weeks, along with scheduling and ticketing information.