Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have announced that part of their pre-season preparations for next season will take place in the USA. The Gunners will kick off their American adventure against the 2016 MLS AT&T All-Stars at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on July 28th before traveling to Los Angeles to take on Chivas de Guadalajara at the StubHub center on July 31.
The StubHub Center is an interesting venue for a match between a top English side and a top Mexican side due to the fact its capacity is only 27,000.
Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website:
‘Pre-season is a critically important time for us and we are delighted to be going to San Jose and Los Angeles to participate in the 2016 MLS All-Star game and to play Chivas.
‘We have tremendous support across America and enjoyed our visit to New York in the summer of 2014 when we played the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.
‘We look forward to giving our US fans the chance to see the team play live.’
MLS Commissioner Don Garber added:
“We are pleased to welcome Arsenal, one of the most successful clubs in the world, to compete against the best of MLS,”
“Our AT&T MLS All-Star Week has become a celebration for the North American soccer community, highlighted by two teams showcasing many of the world’s top players. We look forward to a world-class event on July 28 at our newest state-of-the-art venue, Avaya Stadium.”
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