Manchester United, FC Barcelona to headline World Football Challenge

NEW YORK — One big name deserves another. A day after Major League Soccer announced that Manchester United will take on the MLS All-Stars, the league and CAA Sports jointly announced that United and fellow European giants FC Barcelona will participate in this summer's World Football Challenge.

Manchester United and Barcelona are only the first of the big-name clubs expected to confirm their participation in the multi-team tournament taking place in stadiums across the US and Canada this summer.

This year, the WFC also includes, for the first time, MLS teams. The New England Revolution will host EPL table-toppers Manchester United at Gillette Stadium on July 13. The Red Devils will then take on the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field on July 23.

Manchester United and Barcelona—who locked horns in both the 2009 and 2011 UEFA Champions League final — will then meet each other at FedEx Field outside Washington, D.C., on July 30.

Barcelona, meanwhile, will participate further in the World Football Challenge, as will additional MLS clubs, in dates and venues to be announced soon. Tuesday’s announced matches conclude the participation of Manchester United, New England and Chicago.

Manchester United were confirmed on Monday as the opponents in the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., on July 27. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will also travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field on July 20 in a friendly that is not part of the World Football Challenge.

The inaugural version of the World Football Challenge took place in 2009 and featured Serie A clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan, EPL side Chelsea FC and Mexican giants Club América. The teams played a round-robin format in six cities at stadiums including the Rose Bowl, the Georgia Dome, MT&T Bank Stadium, Gillette Stadium, Stanford Stadium and Cowboys Stadium.

Ticket information is available at WorldFootballChallenge.com.

2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge schedule

Date Game Venue City Time (ET)
Jul 13 NE Revolution vs. Manchester United Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA 8 pm
Jul 16 Club América vs. Manchester City AT&T Park San Francisco, CA 8 pm
Jul 16 LA Galaxy vs. Real Madrid LA Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, CA 10 pm
Jul 18 Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Manchester City Empire Field Vancouver, BC 10 pm
Jul 20 CD Guadalajara vs. Real Madrid Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA 11 pm
Jul 23 Chicago Fire vs. Manchester United Soldier Field Chicago, IL 5 pm
Jul 23 Juventus vs. Sporting Clube de Portugal BMO Field Toronto 7 pm
Jul 23 Philadelphia Union vs. Real Madrid Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA

9 pm

Jul 24 LA Galaxy vs. Manchester City Home Depot Center Carson, CA

4 pm

Jul 26 Juventus vs. Club América Citi Field Flushing, NY 7:30 pm
Jul 28 Juventus vs. CD Guadalajara Carter-Finley Stadium Raleigh, NC 8 pm
Jul 30 Barcelona vs. Manchester United FedEx Field Landover, MD 7 pm
Aug 3 Barcelona vs. CD Guadalajara Sun Life Stadium Miami, FL 8 pm
Aug 6 Barcelona vs. Club América Cowboys Stadium Arlington, TX 4 pm


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