Liverpool, Manchester United announce US opponents

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm •  Published: February 20, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Liverpool will play Manchester City, AC Milan and Olimpiakos during a preseason U.S. exhibition tour, and Manchester United will face Inter Milan and Roma.

Liverpool opens against Olimpiakos on July 27 at Chicago's Soldier Field as part of Group B in the eight-club Guinness International Champions Cup, organizers said Thursday. The Reds face Manchester City at New York's Yankee Stadium on July 30 and AC Milan on Aug. 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

Manchester United plays Roma at Denver's Sports Authority Field on July 26, then meets Inter Milan on July 29 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

In other games in the tournament, AC Milan plays Olimpiakos at New York's Citi Field on July 24 and Manchester City faces Olimpiakos at Minneapolis' TCF Bank Stadium on Aug. 2.

Other group Group A matches include Real Madrid-Inter at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on July 26; Real Madrid-Roma at Dallas' Cotton Bowl on July 29; and Inter-Roma at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 2. The site of the Manchester United-Real Madrid match on Aug. 2 was not announced.

This will be the seventh U.S. trip for Liverpool, which is owned by Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Boston Red Sox.

"Touring from a business perspective and a commercial standpoint, it's incredibly important," Liverpool chief commercial officer Billy Hogan said during a news conference in Charlotte. "It's something we do to try to bring the club closer to our fan base. We have hundreds of millions of fans around the world from the U.S. to Asia. ... Not everybody gets a chance to get to see where we play in Liverpool. It's a 3,800-mile flight. So we're excited to bring the first team out here."

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