We are also starting to see club teams announce their preseason tours where they will play MLS opponents. Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt is the first to announce and they have lined up games with the Sounders, Earthquakes and Crew.
Jose Mourinho loves preseason training in the USA. The facilities at UCLA and the level of competition. Mourinho has spent six summers at the UCLA sports facility in Westwood with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan and now he is adding Manchester United to that list as United will spend a good portion of their preseason in the USA.
United are expected to once again participate in the International Champions Cup and it is likely that United will play four games in the States during a stay of up to three weeks in the country.
Mourinho shares predecessor Louis van Gaal’s belief that the west coast climate is more conducive to preseason preparations than the more humid and unpredictable summer conditions in the east coast, but while United could still play games in the east, the initial fitness work will be undertaken in California.
Manchester City are also expected to tour the USA next summer, and the two local rivals are expected to meet in the States, a year after the two clubs were denied a derby showdown in China last July because of a waterlogged pitch.
United last toured the U.S. in the summer 2015, when they spent ten days building up their fitness at the Seattle Seahawks’ Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
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2017 International Friendlies In USA
March 26: Club America vs. Morelia friendly in San Jose
March 26: El Salvador national team vs. Olimpia (Honduras) in Houston
July 8: Seattle Sounders v Eintracht Frankfurt – Buy Sounders v Eintracht Frankfurt Tickets
July 14: San Jose Earthquakes v Eintracht Frankfurt – Buy San Jose Earthquakes v Eintracht Frankfurt Tickets
July 17: Columbus Crew v Eintracht Frankfurt
Sept. 1: U.S. vs. Costa Rica World Cup qualifier