The humiliation that was the World Cup campaigns for England and Spain will have a silver lining for US soccer fans, as the Spanish and English stars are expected to take part in their clubs respective USA summer tour games.
Most teams give players four weeks off at the end of World Cup to rest and recover, before they are due back for preseason training. Liverpool for example were not expecting to see Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and Rickie Lambert until the end of July.
But England’s failure to progress beyond the group stages means they will be heading home from Brazil straight after Tuesday night’s game against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte. And that means Rodgers can give his England contingent a four-week break and still have the players back and training ahead of the match against Roma Boston’s Fenway Park on July 23.
It is not just the presence of the players on the pitch, but off it also, meeting with sponsors etc that is so important.
When Manchester City arrive in the USA for their four game tour, City fans will get to see David Silva, Joe Hart and Edin Džeko as their nations failed to reach the knockout stages.
The big winners might be the fans of Real Madrid, where the unexpected exit of the defending champions in the group stages means that all their Spanish stars like Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas will get a chance to get a full four week rest, and still arrive in California for the team’s first match against Inter in late July.