University of Phoenix Stadium, in
conjunction with Relevent Sports, announced today, April 4, a match between Mexico’s Club
America and Manchester United F.C. on Thursday, July 19. The match is part of
the English powerhouse’s visit to the United States for their 2018 summer
tour. Kick-off will take place at 7 p.m. PT.
“We’re excited to welcome Manchester United on its inaugural visit to Arizona,” said Tom Sadler, President and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority. “Manchester United is an iconic club with a global following. We are delighted to bring the Red Devils to University of Phoenix Stadium, which has hosted numerous world-class soccer matches."
Speaking of the summer plans, Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, said: “The tour is a central part of the team’s preparation for a long and intense campaign and this is the second consecutive year that we will travel to the U.S. The training facilities are world class and the games will be played in front of passionate crowds, making it an ideal environment for the players to gear up for the new season.
“The club, manager and team always receive a great welcome when visiting America, with our millions of U.S. fans always keen to get closer to Manchester United.”
Founded in 1878, Manchester United are one of the world’s most recognized clubs due to their unparalleled success in England and European competition. United have won 20 English First Division titles, a joint-record 12 FA Cup titles, three European Cups and a FIFA Club World Cup. Currently lead by renowned Portuguese manager José Mourinho, Manchester United were also the first team in English history to win the treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United currently boast some of the world’s most talented and recognizable players, including midfielder Paul Pogba, midfielder Juan Mata, forward Romelu Lukaku, midfielder Marouane Fellaini and goalkeeper David de Gea, among others.
Club América, is a professional soccer club based in Mexico City, Mexico. It competes in Liga MX, the top professional league in the country, and is the most successful club in Mexican soccer. América also has ten FIFA recognized club trophies – the most for a club from the CONCACAF region. In total, the Club has won 32 trophies, including 12 League Titles, 5 Cup Wins, and 7 Concacaf Champions Leagues.
“The opportunity to play a top European club like Manchester
United this summer is something we just couldn’t pass up. It will be a great
experience-builder for our players as they’ll compete at the highest possible
level, while also giving our fans a chance to enjoy a match against one of the
World’s top clubs,” said Mauricio Culebro, Club America’s President. “Playing
in Arizona is also an opportunity for us to show commitment we have to giving
our fans in the US first level experiences as we continue to bring our brand
Club América has 15 internationally-capped players in its roster including Oribe Peralta, Paul Aguilar and Edson Álvarez who have played with the Mexican National team, Joe Corona (USMNT), Agustín Marchesín and Guido Rodríguez (Argentina), and Matheus Uribe (Colombia) among others.
“Here we have arguably the two biggest teams in their respective countries coming head-to-head in Phoenix,” said Relevent Sports Executive Chairman Charlie Stillitano. “Manchester United and Club America consistently compete at a world-class level, and the opportunity to watch a match-up between these two international elites shows the incredible growth that soccer continues to enjoy in the U.S.”
These two world class clubs will faceoff as part of the Red Devils’ 2018 Tour, presented by AON.