Barcelona’s Intense Summer Tour: Facing Top European Rivals in the US

Barcelona matches for the 2024 Pre-Season / FC Barcelona
Barcelona matches for the 2024 Pre-Season / FC Barcelona

Barcelona’s upcoming summer tour in the USA will be condensed but packed with high-profile matches.

The upcoming summer tour of FC Barcelona will be shorter than previous ones due to scheduling reasons (it’s a year of continental tournaments and the Olympics), yet highly intense, as they will face Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Milan within a week in the Soccer Champions Tour in the United States. Unlike last year’s tour focused on the West Coast with games in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Dallas (the match in Santa Clara against Juventus was cancelled due to player indisposition), this year FC Barcelona will visit the East Coast, where besides the scheduled matches, various institutional and social activities will be held to promote the Club in that territory.

The FC Barcelona expedition will depart from Barcelona on July 28th, with the first match against Pep Guardiola’s City scheduled for July 30th in Orlando. The second match on August 3rd will see the Catalan team face Real Madrid in New Jersey, and the third match on August 6th will pit the Barça players against AC Milan in Baltimore. The match against Manchester City will take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, which has a capacity of around 60,219 spectators. The match against Madrid will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, with a capacity for about 82,500 spectators, and the friendly against Milan will be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, accommodating 71,000 fans.

These three fixtures are part of the Soccer Champions Tour 2024, a friendly tournament organized by Sixth Street in collaboration with Legends and AEG, and this year marks its second edition, featuring not only FC Barcelona and the aforementioned rivals but also Chelsea. This summer tour will mark the 16th visit in FC Barcelona’s history to the United States (the first, in 1937, was crucial for the Club’s survival), a country that has been a regular destination in recent years, with the men’s first team travelling in 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018 (when they had a joint tour with the Barça Women’s team), 2019, 2022, and 2023. In the last season, the team visited the country twice, as besides the summer tour, they also travelled to Dallas before the Christmas holidays to play a friendly against Mexico’s America.