Monday, July 12, 2010

Schedule of Manchester United Tour of North America 2010

Manchester United is going to begin their North America tour 2010 with the first match against Scottish giant Celtic being taken place on 16 July at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Red Devils would take part in four friendly matches during their three-week tour of North America.

Manchester United would play their second match against MLS side Philadelphia Union at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on 21 July, before facing another MLS team Kansas City Wizards on 25 July at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas. The Red Devils would face MLS All-Stars team in their last match in USA on 28 July at the Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Here is the detailed schedule of the Manchester United’s North America tour 2010:

16 July 2010 - Manchester United vs Celtic – 23:00 GMT; 19:00 (New York); 16:00 (California); 18:00 (CDT) - Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada

21 July 2010 - Manchester United vs Philadelphia Union – 23:30 GMT; 19:30 (New York); 16:30 (California); 18:30 (CDT) - Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, USA

25 July 2010 - Manchester United vs Kansas City Wizards – 22:00 GMT; 18:00 (New York); 15:00 (California); 17:00 (CDT) - Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas, USA

28 July 2010 - Manchester United vs MLS All-Stars – 00:30 GMT; 20:30 (New York); 17:30 (California); 19:30 (CDT) - Reliant Stadium, Houston, USA

Reports available in the media also suggest that after the MLS All-Stars match, Manchester United would jet off to Guadalajara in Mexico to face Mexican club Chivas in a friendly match. However, the schedule page of the Manchester United official website does not reveal anything about this match.

A number of stars players of Manchester United would not be in this tour. Players like Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Michael Carrick have been rested after the completion of their international duty in the World Cup, while Gary Neville, Anderson, Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia are recovering from their injuries ahead of the next season.

However, a host of star players including Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov, Nani and John O'Shea have been included in the North America-bound Manchester United squad. New summer signing Chris Smalling would be part of the tour, while another new signing Javier Hernandez would join the squad on 27 July in Houston.

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