Through its official website and social networks, Manchester City announced a tour in the United States with two preparation matches ahead of the new season to come. In the statement, City was pleased to be able to return to the American Union and play friendly matches outside England after the covid-19 pandemic.
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"Our players and coaches are looking forward to once again playing in person in front of our American fans, who have shown us great support and passion," said Omar Berrada, director of soccer operations for the City Football Group.
City has already played in Houston
The Citizens' first opponent will be Club América. The two teams will meet on July 20 at NRG Stadium.
"Our first stop will be Houston, where we will face Club America in our first preseason exhibition match. Houston welcomed us with southern hospitality when we came for preseason in 2017 and we are looking forward to seeing our Texan fans again," added Berrada.
The Manchester institution itself highlighted the drawing power that America has in the United States, as they know all the fans support when the team goes to the country. "Manchester City and Club America are truly global brands. On July 20, the stage will be set at NRG Stadium for another exciting chapter in each club's historic legacy."
Facilities at NGR Stadium
The Houston Texans football team had its inaugural season here in 2002. This open-air arena with a retractable roof also hosts the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show. NRG Stadium hosted Wrestlemania 25, the 2004 and 2017 Super Bowl, and the 2002 NCAA Big 12 Football Championship. It also hosted the 2011 NCAA Final Four and 2008, 2010, and 2016 NCAA Regionals.
When was América's last international friendly match?
Since July 2018, América has not had an international friendly match against teams from Europe. On that occasion, the State Farm Stadium saw the Azulcremas face Machester United in a friendly duel. The match ended in a one-goal draw. The goals were scored by Henry Martin and Juan Mata, respectively.