SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants won’t be the only title-holders playing in AT&T Park this summer.
English giants Manchester City, recent FA Cup winners, are set to take on storied Mexican side Club América on July 16 at 8 pm ET in San Francisco as part of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge.
The match will be the first for both teams in the World Football Challenge. The Citizens are scheduled to play twice more in the competition, including matches against MLS teams Vancouver Whitecaps and LA Galaxy on July 18 and July 24, respectively.
Las Águilas, on the other hand, are penciled in for a tilt against La Liga champions and UEFA Champions League finalists FC Barcelona in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 3.
Manchester City finished third in the English Premier League this season with 71 points, earning them a long-awaited spot in the in the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League, their first appearance in the competition in 43 years.
América, meanwhile, finished sixth in the general table of the Mexican Primera División but concluded their bid for the Clausura 2011 crown early after falling in the quarterfinals to Monarcas Morelia. Their play in the Copa Libertadores also came to a premature halt after being ousted by Brazil’s Santos in the round of 16.
Manchester City vs. América is just one of 11 matches on tap in the World Football Challenge. Other participants include Barcelona, Manchester United and Chivas de Guadalajara, as well as MLS clubs LA Galaxy, New England, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Chicago. The competition is set to run from July 13 - Aug. 6.
Ticket information is available at WorldFootballChallenge.com.
2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge schedule
|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||
|Jul 24||LA Galaxy vs. Manchester City||Home Depot Center||Carson, CA||
|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|