- July fixtures against MLS sides Sounders FC and the Fire confirmed
- A host of supporter events planned in Seattle and Chicago
We are delighted to announce that the First Team squad will travel to the United States of America for a pre-season tour in July 2014 as part of our preparations for the 2014/15 season.
The tour will commence with our first-ever visit to Seattle where, on Saturday 19 July, we will face three-time US Open Cup winners Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. The fixture will see us come up against Clint Dempsey, who made 43 appearances and scored 12 goals during his time with the Club last season.
The tour will also see us make a maiden trip to Chicago where we will face four-time US Open Cup winners Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday 26 July.
Both matches will be accompanied by a range of hugely popular fan events including open training, 'meet and greet' opportunities with the players, supporter evenings with Club Legends and football coaching courses. These events will serve to complement the Club's ongoing commitment to its supporters, including our 24 Official Supporters Clubs, and the Club's portfolio of partners in the United States.
Speaking on the announcement of our 2014 pre-season plans, Head Coach Tim Sherwood added: "Everyone is looking forward to travelling to the United States - the Club’s third tour there in five years.
“Pre-season preparations are always key ahead of a new campaign. We all know that the US has first-class facilities, while Major League Soccer is growing each year.
“The MLS opposition we face will be in the middle of their seasons and playing in their home stadiums so we can expect strong tests from both Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire. This can only help as we plan for the new season.
“The Club is rightfully proud of its large and growing fan base in the States and we look forward to meeting with as many of our loyal fans from across the country as we can.”
Keep an eye on our website as well as our official social media channels for the latest information ahead of our tour including announcement of additional fixtures, ticket news and supporter events.